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 disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.
The American Red Cross Club at Indiana University is sponsored by the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The purpose of the club is to provide Red Cross services to the local community and students of Indiana University.
Reasons to Join
- Serve the larger community
- Develop professionally and personally
- Expand your volunteer experiences
- Red Cross Awareness
- Blood Services
- Community Services
- Individual Volunteerism
Fundamental Principles of the Global Red Cross Network
- Humanity: The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—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 amongst all peoples.
- Impartiality: It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
- Neutrality: In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Red Cross may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
- Independence: The Red Cross 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 Red Cross principles.
- Voluntary Service: The Red Cross is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
- Unity: There can be only one Red Cross society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
- Universality: The Red Cross is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.