Our Commitment Never Wavers

★★★★★ Since March of 2019, our Red Cross Central California volunteers have earned the highest rating for their Service to the Armed Forces. The military members, veterans and families served gave an Excellent Rating to our volunteers 76.5% of the time. Client satisfaction just doesn't get much better than that and here are the numbers … Continue reading Our Commitment Never Wavers

The Hero Care Network Never Sleeps

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer The voice on the line was barely audible when JoAnne Barsenas picked up the phone. In between sobs, the caller identified herself as the wife of a recently deployed sailor. She had only been married for a few months. She was all alone for the first time in her … Continue reading The Hero Care Network Never Sleeps

Honoring the Veterans

The Stand-Down was started in 1988 by Vietnam veterans, for Vietnam veterans, because when they came home they had no place to go and it has grown to what it is now. The Central Valley Veterans’ Stand-Down (CVVSD) celebrated its 27th year in September. The event is held annually for four days during the third … Continue reading Honoring the Veterans

A Service to Stand By

As we continue to look back on 100 amazing years of service from the American Red Cross Central California Region the word “selfless” has made an appearance multiple times.  The definition of “selfless” as explained by the Modern Language Association is described as, having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, … Continue reading A Service to Stand By

The Red Cross is the Place I Get to be Myself

“I’ve been told I’m a “Preparedness Fanatic,” laughs Holly Green a Red Cross Volunteer in Bakersfield, California. “And, that’s okay, because at the Red Cross, I get to be myself!” Holly volunteers for the Red Cross Central California Region and has been a Red Cross Volunteer since Hurricane Katrina.  But she’s not the first in … Continue reading The Red Cross is the Place I Get to be Myself

A Family Tradition: Two Generations of Red Cross Service

This month is the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and I would like to share a World War II Red Cross Story that involves my Mom.  It includes cities that are now in the Central California Region, and also highlights AAA partnership with Red Cross. My Mom passed away in 2004 and … Continue reading A Family Tradition: Two Generations of Red Cross Service

Red Cross Workshops Support Local Military Families

To any outsider, the beige hotel ballroom full of people and round banquet tables probably looked like any other conference. But what was happening inside was remarkable. On this particular day, dozens of local military families were receiving life changing resources to help them cope with deployment. It was all part of a Yellow Ribbon … Continue reading Red Cross Workshops Support Local Military Families

Heroes Series: Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

There are 19.3 million military veterans in the United States as of 2014, and California is home to the largest veteran population in the nation with nearly two million. That means there are countless people and organizations like the Red Cross working hard every day to support our local veterans and their families. Two of those … Continue reading Heroes Series: Serving Those Who Serve Our Country