Clara Barton

Clara Barton
Clara Barton lived a lifetime of tireless service to others. During the American Civil War, she became known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” delivering supplies and caring for the sick and wounded. After the war, Barton organized a campaign to locate missing soldiers. Her enduring legacy was the founding, in 1881, of the American Red Cross, an organization whose name became synonymous with disaster preparedness, response and relief. Read more on Clara Barton.
Clara Barton Medallion
Target, proud sponsor of The Extra Mile medallion honoring Clara Barton.


Social issues Clara Barton addressed:

  • Health and well-being
  • Health care
  • Disaster relief

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Health and Well-being - Hunger and food insufficiency in children are associated with poor behavioral and academic functioning.*
  • Health Care - Approximately 15.3 percent of adults and 11 percent of children in the U.S. are not covered by health insurance.**
  • Disaster Relief - Natural disasters kill one million people around the world each decade, and leave millions more homeless each year.***

* http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/facts.htm
** http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/health_nutrition/health_insu...
*** http://www.changingthepresent.org/disaster_relief/facts