Mission & Principles

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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.

Vision Statement

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.


It is the policy of the American Red Cross Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region to provide equal opportunity in all programs and services, all employment decisions and all volunteer recruitment and management activities. No person will be discriminated against in services provided, employment or volunteer appointment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or on any other characteristic protected by law except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification. Furthermore, to increase productivity and enhance the quality of products and services, our organization is committed to valuing and managing the diversity of its workforce and volunteer staff.

Our Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast chapters actively seek ways to be sensitive and accommodating to the rich diversity of ethnic back-grounds, faith-based groups, and vulnerable populations among us. Our region has recently initiated two aggressive campaigns aimed at taking Red Cross training to people who may not have ready access to such programs as CPR training, swimming lessons, or to disaster information.

Our initial campaign was called “Together We Prepare” and the our region teams provided close to 6,000 residents with free CPR and First Aid training. We also reached close to 57,000 with information on disaster preparedness and response - particularly targeting our senior residential communities.

A year later we launched the second aggressive campaign called “Ride the Wave to Safety” and taught over 7,000 free swimming lessons to the youth of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, and also here in West Palm Beach to youth identified as “At-Risk.” This was a three-year program which was generously underwritten by the Quantum Foundation and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.

Seven Fundamental Principles

All actions carried out by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, are guided by the 7 Fundamental Principles. The Fundamental Principles are generally regarded as the moral authority under which we and the International Red Cross Movement operate.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.


It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.


In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.

Voluntary Service:

It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is