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

Evacuated Red Cross Volunteer Reaches Out to Help Others

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

Recipe for Compassion

A favorite recipe from one of the "crazy" cookbook lady’s 800 books. She received help from the Red Cross when evacuated from the Sequoia Complex Fire. A self proclaimed “crazy cookbook lady” who preferred not to be named, returned to the Red Cross Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) at the Porterville College parking lot in the … Continue reading Recipe for Compassion

Sew Many Ways to Help!

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!