“Showing kindness and getting help to people that need it without regard to anything else – that is how I was brought up.”
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Local first responders, Concord Police Department , CERT Ready volunteers and the Red Cross met with residents of the Clayton Villa Apartments in Concord to go over home fire prevention and safety training.
“When something wells up inside of you, it spurs within your soul or heart. We’re here to help each other. I wanted to give back.”
Because of the generosity of blood donors giving a part of themselves, Brandi is alive today.
If Irene Johnson could live her life to perfection, she would be guided by the Seven Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. “The principles really resonated with me. I really do believe in the Red Cross mission,” she said.
Penny’s soul satisfaction from her compassion calls to military families might stem from her former personal experience, too. She has been on the other end of those phone calls more than once.
Ashley Koenig recently learned that her American Red Cross volunteer work as a teenager helped save the lives of a family of six.
As the pandemic wears on, research shows that more people want to help those in need. This month, we celebrate this humanitarian spirit during Red Cross Month and ask others to join us.
“I’ve been fortunate in my life, and there are a lot of people who haven’t been,” says Andy. “I’m glad for the opportunity to give back.”
Silicon Valley volunteer Liz Dietz has done a little bit (read: a lot) of everything during a 40-year Red Cross career that would make Clara Barton proud.
In the Central Coast Chapter, perhaps no volunteer epitomizes a can-do, joyful spirit more than Tiki Dellamora, who was recently honored with the organization’s prestigious Clara Barton Award.
In response to the evacuation of some 15,000 people last week in the Central Coast area due to dangerously wet and windy storms in Northern California, Red Cross volunteers have been working to support to those in need.
“When you’re trained and your staff is trained, it should run like clockwork. It should be like a well-rehearsed dance.”
“What would we do without Kevin? He is the silent backbone of Marin Red Cross.”
After speaking with Dave Dorman for 30 minutes, you might wonder if he does anything else outside of the Red Cross. He’s a self-described “semi-full-time volunteer.” This same unwavering dedication earned him the Regional Volunteer of the Year Award.
Almost thirty years after her first interaction with the Red Cross, Jane Jennings has won the Red Cross’s highest volunteer award, the Clara Barton Meritorious Leadership Award.
What I love most is the people – the clients AND the people that volunteer and work with the Red Cross. We make a real difference in client’s lives.
“Disaster is a great equalizer,” says John. “People may be separated by socio-economics, cultural differences, etc., but when a disaster hits, everyone finds themselves at the same level.”
Mariana Vimbela, who deployed as part a member of the Red Cross’ Latino Engagement Team’s response to the Glass Fire in October, says the deployment reinforced the importance of making connections in the affected communities in order to maximize our relief and recovery efforts.
On Thursday, September 17, Ken Toren, Chief Executive Officer, Red Cross Silicon Valley, presented James Bird with the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Action.
The wildfires that have caused so much devastation in our region since mid-August have prompted critically important responses by many Red Cross teams.