Mission of the American Red Cross
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.
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.
We reaffirm our commitment to the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and add to these principles five values that are essential to our continued success in meeting our mission.
Compassionate: We are dedicated to improving the lives of those we serve and to treating each other with care and respect.
Collaborative: We work together as One Red Cross family, in partnership with other organizations, and always embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
Creative: We seek new ideas, are open to change and always look for better ways to serve those in need.
Credible: We act with integrity, are transparent guardians of the public trust and honor our promises.
Committed: We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives, delivering on our mission and carefully stewarding our donor funds.
AMERICAN RED CROSS FORT DRUM STATION BRIEF HISTORY
The mission of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces is to provide humanitarian support to service members, veterans and their families around the clock, around the globe, under a trusted symbol.
ARC was active on Fort Drum during WWII.
ARC owned the building, which served as an ARC Office and an apartment for the station manager, that building has been torn down.
ARC did not begin to serve Fort Drum again until 1974 (after WWII, when the post was largely used largely for summer training) when Fort Drum expanded and troops were using the post year.
ARC returned from an off post location in April 1980, when the 76th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) began its move of the battalion from Fort Meade to Fort Drum.
In 1983, with the increase in soldiers, ARC reopened the station on Fort Drum in building T-148. ARC has also resided in T-147, back to T-148, T-203 and then in 2002 ARC moved to its current home in Clark Hall (first in B1-27 & B1-19) and now B1-35.
On September 11, 1984 Fort Drum was selected as the home of the 10th Mountain Division (LI), ARC secured its presence on Fort Drum to support the volunteer management activities for MEDDAC, DENTAC and to run the ARC Station and support the local ARC Chapter activities.
Our current MEDDAC Liaison, Marie Bauer has been a Fort Drum Red Cross Volunteer since 1986.
The station has seen at least a dozen Station Managers, countless Assistant Station Managers and reservists since the station opened in 1983.
Yearly Averages of Services Station provides:
1600 Emergency Communications Messages
Briefing of over 9,000 service members and dependents
Provided ARC services to some 35,000 people across our jurisdiction
Station averages 50-70 volunteers a year
Volunteers donate some 15,000 hours a year of their time to the Fort Drum ARC.
Volunteer Placements (multiple volunteers can hold the same placements):
ARC-9 Office placements and 12 Leadership positions.
MEDDAC-22 placement options
DENTAC- 3 (plus the 12 slots for the Dental Assistant Program)
Vet Clinic- 1
Station hosts six blood drives a year (partnering with the USO), collecting nearly 1200 units of blood a year. Drives were held in four locations before the US partnership.
The ARC/DENTAC Dental Assistant Program graduates some 12 participants a year, after they each complete 1000 hours of volunteer service within DENTAC.
Partners with the Volunteer Support Fund, ARC has participated every year that VSF has hosted The International Festival of Foods, which supports the funding of childcare for all ARC volunteers when they are volunteering.
Provide access to and partner with the Northern New York ARC Chapter to provide: Health & Safety/Preparedness Courses, Disaster Services, and International Services programming.
Since 2008, ARC has administered some $467,000 in funding to the Fort Drum WTU.
Participate in post-wide events (including, but not limited to): Safety Day Events, Super Sign-Up, Cultural Celebrations, Briefs, Command & Staff Meetings, CLIF, Town Hall Meetings, AVC/VSF events, and other post-wide ceremonies and events.
Red Cross Brochure
Clark Hall B1-35, P.O. Box 378
Fort Drum, New York 13603
Telephone: (315) 772-6561
FAX: (315) 772-0864
Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 0730-1600 hours