The Mission of the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that are consistent with its congressional charter and the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Monroe County Chapter follows this mission in its work for the communities of Monroe County, as well as the Townships of Porter and Lehman in the neighboring county of Pike. Monroe County is a resort county whose population fluctuates with the seasonal attractions of the Poconos. Our Chapter was chartered on May 16, 1917 as a result of World War I. The Chapter has remained active since then, growing and working tirelessly to meet the ever changing needs of our residents. One of the most satisfying aspects of working in the American Red Cross is being part of a long-established and highly respected organization with worldwide affiliations. Respect for the Red Cross is based on the uniformly high standards of performance and service that are established by the organization. Every local chapter benefits from this respect and has, at the same time, the freedom to manage its own affairs in accordance with national policies and regulations.