American Red Cross
Public and Community Health HCS/457
Professor Nancy Donegan
August 2, 2010
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton in Washington D.C. The American Red Cross states that their mission is “The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies” (American Red Cross, 2010). All funding for the American Red Cross is provided by charitable donations from the American public, participation in the United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns, and reimbursements and grants from local, state and federal government agencies for specific projects. “The American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization” (American Red Cross). The American Red Cross provides humanitarian services that include disaster relief, biomedical services, health and safety training, community services, and Armed forces Emergency Services. “The Red Cross is supported by more than 1,200,000 Americans who serve as volunteers annually and about 30,000 employees support the work of the volunteers throughout the United States, with United States Armed Forces, and as international delegates around the world” (American Red Cross). The American Red Cross provides disaster services that begin long before disaster strikes. The volunteers for the Red Cross help communities prevent and prepare for disasters through comprehensive educational programs. “The American Red cross responds every tear to more than 63,000 disasters, including house fires, chemical spills, tornados, floods, and hurricanes” (American Red Cross). Relief workers help family’s recovery from tragedy by providing food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and...