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Chapter Diversity Statement
The American Red Cross delivers disaster services without pre-qualifying conditions, such as income eligibility, so the Chapter mission must involve the entire community: That is a major reason why the Dayton Area Chapter Diversity Task Force has expanded its scope over the last few years to include an external focus.
A look at the American Red Cross Mission Statement underscores the importance of these efforts:
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.
Because of the clarity of the words above, a further community commitment beyond the Mission becomes necessary.
The Diversity Task Force reviewed the Chapter’s Diversity Statement in FY 09, and made several refinements. Key additions include proper Board of Directors representation and the commitment to proactive approaches. The revised statement reads:
The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross adheres to the following Diversity Statement in regards to its operations:
The Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, in recognition of its responsibility to its employees, volunteers and the community it serves, is committed to fair and equal treatment in recruitment, employment, and service delivery practices, for all: volunteers, including in Board representation; clients; and employees, including management. We will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.
We pledge our support of this statement and remind all employees and volunteers of their individual responsibility to ensure a continuation of the Red Cross policy of nondiscrimination and to proactively support our commitment to diversity.
The Chapter’s Human Resource Committee also approved the new version so it is emphasized to all who support Chapter activities.