The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross

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According to American Red Cross (2010), their mission statement is; “The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.” The American Red cross was founded in 1881 and it has been the United States’ number one emergency response organization. The Red Cross offers humanitarian care to countries worldwide that may be victims of war or natural disasters. Worldwide the Red Cross aims to prevent and relieve suffering. Domestically the Red Cross also aids in relief from natural disasters, however, they also help in other ways. The Red Cross offers community services to help the needy, they give support to military members and their families, they help to collect and distribute blood and blood products, as well as offering educational programs to promote health and safety. With all of the services that the American Red Cross provides it is easy to see that they have a very compassionate and caring culture within their business.


The culture of the American Red Cross has a great deal to do with involvement and volunteerism. The American Red Cross is a not for profit business that heavily relies on its volunteers. Volunteers constitute 96% of our total workforce to carry on our humanitarian work. American Red Cross (2010). A volunteer is someone who gives up their time to help others. Since the American Red Cross is mostly volunteers it is easy to see that the culture of the organization would be very caring. The culture of an organization is defined by the values and characteristics are important to everyone who works for the organization. The volunteers all share the vision of the Red Cross. They know that they want to help as many people as they can and they...