Armenian Relief Society (ARS) is an independent, non-governmental and non-sectarian organization which serves the humanitarian needs of the Armenian people and seeks to preserve the cultural identity of the Armenian nation. It mobilizes communities to advance the goals of all sectors of humanity. For nearly, 108 years, it has pioneered solutions to address the challenges that impact our society.
Through its vast network of hundreds of thousands of dedicated volunteers and members, 220 chapters that operate in over 27 regions, the Armenian Relief Society has had the privilege to be on the front lines of leading our communities towards our collective goals. It plays an active role in providing resources and opportunities to the masses and through its exemplary rank, it pushes its members to serve their nation with total dedication offering the Armenian people and non-Armenians their time, energy, and talents in pursuit of their sacred mission.
The most important character trait of the ARS is its ability to unify general humanitarian aims with commitment to national service. It has always been receptive to the calls of the growing changes and diversity in the vital needs of society, remaining alert and steadfast with its mighty volunteer army.
As an international, humanitarian, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), the ARS also advocates for human rights, social justice, self-determination, and civil society in the halls of the international arena as a member of the United Nations.
To encourage high ethical standards and foster the spirit of good fellowship among ARS members, chapters and regions
To aid in the social, educational, health, and welfare efforts of the Armenian people
To make special appropriations for food, medicine and clothing in the event of war, epidemics, or natural disaster, and to aid the disabled, the ill, the needy, prisoners of war and the exiled
To establish and/or finance health, food distribution, and social service centers to serve Armenian communities
To further the teaching of the Armenian language and culture; to establish and help finance Armenian schools and aid in efforts to perpetuate Armenian culture
To give financial aid to deserving students in Armenian educational institutions
To give financial aid to deserving undergraduate and graduate college and university students
To support health, educational, and welfare programs dedicated to aid Armenian soldiers, the families of those who have volunteered for the Armenian Cause, needy Armenians known for their national accomplishments or outstanding public service and aid in the education of their children
To promote the education of ARS members and encourage their involvement in public service
To encourage ARS members to participate individually or collectively in the activities of community service organizations whose principles are compatible with those of the ARS
To cooperate with organizations with similar objectives
To encourage and advocate human rights and social change in civil society around the world as a non-governmental organization
The ARS has also set up a Global Emergency Response Fund which will accept donations of medical equipment and funds to help reach out to our communities across the globe. The purpose of the Fund is to support those in need during this time of hardship -- to help with vital necessities to sustain the wellbeing of our compatriots.