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Mission – Vision – Values

ARC Mission:

The American Red Cross a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principal of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

ARCBS Values:

Integrity, Respect for Individuals, Customer Satisfactions, Pursuit of Excellence, Positive Response to Change and Stewardship.

ARCBS Strategic Intent/Vision:

  • Intent - Preeminent nationwide provider of blood, plasma and tissue services
  • Vision - Be recognized by the people and organizations we serve, as well as others in our field, as the provider of choice for blood, plasma and tissue services. This will be accomplished by commitment to quality, safety and use of the best medical, scientific, manufacturing and business practices.

Congressional Charter:

The founding corporate document which is also a federal statute. The most recent version of the charter was enacted in 1949 and charges the American National Red Cross with the following purposes: Furnishing volunteer aid to sick and wounded of the Armed Forces in time of war, acting in matters of voluntary relief and as the medium of communication between the American people and their Armed Forces; and maintaining and implementing a system of national and international relief in time of peace, among others.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, whose mission is to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people present, prepare for and respond to emergencies. It accomplished this mission through operating units, which include local Chapters, local Blood Service regions, division leadership teams and a national headquarters based in Washington D.C.

Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

  • Humanity: to prevent and alleviate human suffering;
  • Impartiality: to relieve the suffering of individuals without discriminating as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions;
  • Neutrality: to enjoy the confidence of all by not taking sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political racial religions or ideological nature;
  • Independence: to maintain autonomy from the government;
  • Voluntary Service: to provide relief without being prompted in any manner by desire for gain;
  • Unity: to maintain only one Red Cross in any one country;
  • Universality: to ensure that the movement is worldwide and that all societies have equal status and responsibilities