Saving Lives in Merced: The Home Fire Campaign

The day was April 18, 2015 in Merced, CA. Alyssa Aviles watched as American Red Cross volunteers came into the National Guard facility ready to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide into the Merced homes. Each person had a smile on their face and was anxious to get started on the project at hand. Alyssa … Continue reading Saving Lives in Merced: The Home Fire Campaign

Day in the Life: Fundraising, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The sun was setting over the Bakersfield skyline as guests started to arrive at the airplane hangar for the annual Kern County Real Heroes event. It was the perfect celebration to end a day full of wonderful volunteer services throughout the Central California Region. The 1940’s big band music was playing, drinks were flowing, and … Continue reading Day in the Life: Fundraising, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Service the Armed Forces, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

It was dinner time at the Ventura Veterans Home when Carol Rogers arrived. As a Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteer, she often visits with local veterans both at the home and out in the community. Carol sat down at a table and began to chat with the residents about their outing next Wednesday. … Continue reading Day in the Life: Service the Armed Forces, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Pillowcase Project, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Get out! Stay out! Call 9-1-1!” The elementary school students shouted the phrase in unison at Katie Kellum as she stood in the front of their classroom. A big smile broke out across her face as she realized her presentation was resonating with her audience of little preparedness experts. “It was awesome to see that … Continue reading Day in the Life: Pillowcase Project, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Front Desk Squad, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The afternoon sun was beating down on the asphalt as Heather McDowell walked across the parking lot towards the Camarillo Red Cross office. She entered the building and was greeted warmly by the volunteer in the reception area. It was time for a shift change, and it was Heather’s turn to assist at the front … Continue reading Day in the Life: Front Desk Squad, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Home Fire Campaign, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It was just after lunch when Megin Hughes pulled into her local Red Cross office. She and a team of other volunteers were going to spend the afternoon installing free smoke alarms in homes in a nearby neighborhood. It had only been a couple weeks since a fire had burned through a local apartment complex, … Continue reading Day in the Life: Home Fire Campaign, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Volunteer Services, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

It was about lunchtime when Jamie Winters walked in the Fresno Red Cross office. As usual, there was a flurry of activity and excitement in the air as volunteers and employees were prepping for a weekend full of fundraising and preparedness events throughout the chapter. Jamie plays an important but often behind the scenes role … Continue reading Day in the Life: Volunteer Services, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: CPR Class, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hilary Swartz had just made her way into Fresno and was beginning to set up her classroom. The drive from her mountain home isn’t the shortest or the easiest, but she’s happy to do it in order to teach a new class of eager CPR students. She flicked on the lights and began lining up … Continue reading Day in the Life: CPR Class, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Day in the Life: Red Cross Club Blood Drive, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The CSU Channel Islands campus was still quiet as Laurie Hurtado made her way to the library. She and other Red Cross Club members were there early to set up for their blood drive. All week they had been tabling in front of the library to sign students and faculty up for the big event. Laurie … Continue reading Day in the Life: Red Cross Club Blood Drive, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.