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
by Cindy Huge, American Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer “The time I spent training with the American Red Cross made me aware that wildfires and other disasters could be real events, and that one day I would be asked to respond to them,” reflects Red Cross housing supervisor Kathy Boswell on joining the organization three … Continue reading Evacuated Red Cross Volunteer Reaches Out to Help Others
Red Cross volunteer and retired firefighter, Jose Martinez, explains to Patricia Swick and Michelle Dungan the fire information map posted at Clovis North High School a Temporary Evacuation Point for those affected by the Creek Fire. Patricia Swick was enjoying a weekend camp-out with her family, including her three young children, when she received a … Continue reading Help for a Family Fleeing the Creek Fire
The incredibly destructive Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties has impacted thousands of Central Valley residents — learn more about our Red Cross disaster relief efforts to support those affected.
If you are in good health and willing to deploy for a period of up to fourteen days to support the many shelters and evacuation sites open in Northern California, we urge you to start your training today in one of two types of volunteer roles: Shelter Services and Disaster Health Services. Shelter Services VolunteersThese volunteers support the … Continue reading Red Cross Needs Volunteers to Support Wildfire Relief in California
by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer When Vikki Hunt saw the request for Red Cross volunteers to support a local feeding program back in April, she initially jumped at the chance to pitch in. That’s just the way she is – always ready to lend a hand. But as news of the pandemic continued to … Continue reading Sew Many Ways to Help!
The Red Cross Central California Region is looking for local volunteers due to #COVID19 as wildfire season looms. Read more in our recent blog post
By Hannah Huelin-Meek California wildfire seasons are scary enough, now add in a pandemic, economic uncertainties, and social distancing. These challenges in 2020 have made the American Red Cross look at how we respond to disasters of all kinds with a different lens. Purposeful planning and preparedness are critical to ensuring that public health and … Continue reading How the Red Cross is Preparing for Wildfire Season During a Pandemic