National Volunteer Week – Red Cross Offers Big Thank You to Our Volunteers

It’s the end of National Volunteer Week and the American Red Cross of Central California continues to honor our volunteers who bring to life our mission to help people in need. Red Cross volunteers give hope to families impacted by disasters, assist the military and their families, support blood drives, provide training and much more … Continue reading National Volunteer Week – Red Cross Offers Big Thank You to Our Volunteers

Celebrating More Red Cross Volunteers

by Dan Santos, Public Affairs Volunteer Grace Bunker - Rookie of the Year Grace Bunker was looking for a way to enhance her sociology studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A college roommate, involved with the American Red Cross, recommended the organization and she is now nearing her first year of service.   “My roommate … Continue reading Celebrating More Red Cross Volunteers

Celebrating Red Cross Volunteers

by Dan Santos, Public Affairs Volunteer Please join us in recognizing our annual award recipients for their outstanding service to our communities and celebrating the dedication of all Red Cross volunteers across the country and around the world. Hannah Wirz - Unsung Hero Award When a disaster strikes, American Red Cross volunteers quickly deploy to … Continue reading Celebrating Red Cross Volunteers

7 Remarkable Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Clara Barton

compiled by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer Celebrate both Red Cross Month and Women’s History Month with these notable tales from the extraordinary life of Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross and one of the most honored women in American history. Clara Barton earned the moniker "Angel of the Battlefield" during the … Continue reading 7 Remarkable Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Clara Barton

Why I Serve – Ruth Townsend, Case Manager

as told to Gail Marshall, Public Affairs Volunteer It was during April of 2020, with the pandemic in its second month, when I began to grow impatient with my new normal. I’m an active sports lover and world traveler, but ski season was over and borders were closing worldwide. My gym was closed, my card … Continue reading Why I Serve – Ruth Townsend, Case Manager

Answering the Call: A Journey of Recovery After a Home Fire

By Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer A text from the Fire Communications Center woke Paul Brown, a volunteer with the Pacific Coast chapter, just after midnight. He was on the road a few minutes later, responding with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) to assist the survivors of a home fire. Each year, the … Continue reading Answering the Call: A Journey of Recovery After a Home Fire

Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide

8 Gifts That Give Back What could be better than the joy of watching your family open gifts thoughtfully chosen just for them? How about if those gifts help to support a cause you both care about? And what if those gifts could also help them to be prepared in case of an emergency? Everyone … Continue reading Red Cross Holiday Gift Guide

Saving Lives Together in Ventura County

A Blood Program Partner since 2013, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., has been an integral part of the American Red Cross’s mission to help save lives. Jenny Mandel, an Archivist for the Library, who began the Blood Drive Program to honor a friend of hers as she battled Leukemia, … Continue reading Saving Lives Together in Ventura County

Celebrating 5 Years of Ride for the Red

The history of the American Red Cross is rooted in its efforts to support those in the military. Born on the battlefield through Clara Barton’s support of Civil War soldiers, in the Central California region volunteers continue to support veterans and military families, and their caregivers even during the COVID-19 pandemic. And because emergencies don’t … Continue reading Celebrating 5 Years of Ride for the Red

Returning Home After a Wildfire

If your home was affected by a wildfire, do not return home until authorities say it is safe. Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, ash pits and fallen power lines. Then take these first steps to inspect your home to ensure that you and your loved ones … Continue reading Returning Home After a Wildfire