Why I Serve: AmeriCorps Team Member Jacklynn Guerra

Despite the hardships the COVID-19 pandemic created, Jacklynn Guerra served with gusto for the Kern & Eastern Sierras Chapter in the past year. She connected with hundreds through our Preparedness Programs through virtual efforts, and supported local and regional disaster responses, blood drives, and much more. Get to know Jacklynn and how she became involved … Continue reading Why I Serve: AmeriCorps Team Member Jacklynn Guerra

Thank You for Saving My Life

Dear Blood Donor, There are no words to describe how grateful I am. Because of your decision to generously give blood, my life was saved. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Please let me share how your simple act of generosity changed a life. I was in the hospital fighting for my life as the result of … Continue reading Thank You for Saving My Life

Why I Volunteer: Meet Julie Creek

Julie Creek became an American Red Cross volunteer in June 2020. Since then, she has gone on to not only serve her neighbors of the Central Valley community, but hundreds across the West Coast as well. "I joined the Red Cross because I was looking for a way to serve the community and I loved … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Meet Julie Creek

Meet Ride for the Red’s Top Fundraiser, Sean Morreale

The American Red Cross relies on its volunteers. And some volunteers go an extra mile (or 61) to support the organization. Sean Morreale is one of those volunteers, and Ride for the Red is his passionate way of giving back. Ride for the Red was created in 2014 by enthusiastic local volunteers eager to share … Continue reading Meet Ride for the Red’s Top Fundraiser, Sean Morreale

Red Cross Receives $10K Grant from Bayer Fund

The American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast has received a grant for $10,000 from the Bayer Fund, which will be used to support blood drives throughout Ventura County. “Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood,” Tony Briggs, Central California Region chief executive officer and Pacific Coast Chapter executive director. “To have … Continue reading Red Cross Receives $10K Grant from Bayer Fund

Severe blood shortage: Help refuel the blood supply

It’s an urgent situation when your car runs out of gas. But it’s a crisis when hospital blood bank shelves are empty. The American Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types, especially type O donors and platelet donors, to make an appointment now to help refuel the blood supply. The Red Cross is … Continue reading Severe blood shortage: Help refuel the blood supply

Sound the Alarm Effort Empowers Thousands to Stay Safe From Home Fires

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the American Red Cross launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to save lives. Sound the Alarm is a critical part of the campaign. Through our home visits, we’ve installed more than 2.1 million free smoke alarms and prepared more than 2.3 million people for … Continue reading Sound the Alarm Effort Empowers Thousands to Stay Safe From Home Fires

Red Cross Urges Everyone to Get Ready For Dangerous High Temperatures

A dangerous heat wave is headed to Central California over the next several days with temperatures much higher than normal. Many areas already have wildfire activity and there is a danger of more wildfires starting because of the ongoing drought. The American Red Cross Central California Region is working with emergency officials and preparing to … Continue reading Red Cross Urges Everyone to Get Ready For Dangerous High Temperatures

Driving Our Mission Forward

When the unthinkable becomes reality, people need immediate support. During these most urgent moments, the American Red Cross shows up—often with little notice—to deliver help and hope, and we do this on a tremendous scale. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross mobilizes to help people in their darkest hours. “It is so great to see … Continue reading Driving Our Mission Forward

Safe Grilling Tips this Summer

Grilling food is so popular that more than three-quarters of U.S. adults have used a grill — yet, grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips: Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals … Continue reading Safe Grilling Tips this Summer