Mission Statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Our Vision: The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...
...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and
...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
Since our founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. We received our first congressional charter in 1900 and to this day we are tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world. In 2021, the Red Cross celebrated 140 years of compassionate service.
Even while the Red Cross adapts to meet the changing needs of the people we serve, we always stay true to those roots. Are you familiar with the classic images of Red Cross nurses helping American soldiers and civilian war victims during World War I? In fact, as you read this Red Cross staff and volunteers are still deploying alongside America’s military. Maybe you’ve taken a class through the Red Cross, such as first aid certification or how to swim. Did you know we’ve been offering similar training since the early 1900s? Have you ever given blood or received donated blood? The Red Cross developed the first nationwide civilian blood program in the 1940s and we still provide more than 40% of the blood products in this country.
Today, as throughout our long history, the Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Contact Name: Laura Burke
Number of Board Positions: 1
Expertise: American Red Cross board members implement corporate strategies and operations to support our lifesaving organization in your community. As a chapter board member in Central PA, your leadership, advocacy and support help alleviate suffering for people facing emergencies, making an extraordinary impact for those we serve. The Central PA Chapter includes the following counties: York, Adams, Lancaster, Franklin, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Lebanon.
• Personal interest (if not a passion) for the Red Cross mission and the community.
• Assurance that he/she has the time and interest to be engaged and active.
• Credible individual with knowledge of and influence in the community.
• Potential for future leadership role on Board.
• Intention of making Red Cross a high priority for personal financial giving
• Willing to leverage personal and professional social capital to promote Red Cross
• Commitment to the American Red Cross; its values and an understanding of its
objectives, organization, services, and the responsibilities and relationships of working
with donors, volunteers and partners.