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.
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An upbeat man with a ready laugh, Bill now he admits being stunned by the evacuation. “As we were leaving, I was noticing all these cops coming up here, and I was thinking, wow, this is, like real.”
“I like being social and like to give back,” says BreAnna. “Our parents always said we were very blessed and that we should always give back. I thought the Red Cross was a way I could do that.”
Award-winning actor Casey Affleck and a friend helped CZU Fire evacuees as part of the large-scale Central Coast relief effort.
Anne is a recovery casework volunteer and spends her days calling people impacted by wildfires to offer Red Cross support services. As well as resources, Anne also spends long hours on the phone, offering one invaluable service: connection.
Dennis Patterson’s first love is playing music, but his second is helping others, so he was “blown away” by the American Red Cross’ response to the California Wildfires.
Vacaville area resident Karen Stickler, her husband, and their dog fled their home because of the LNU Fire, eventually finding a Red Cross shelter where they received care and comfort.
Waiting to learn the fate of her own home, which was in the path of the CZU Fire, Linnea Dunn did what brings great satisfaction to her: She helped others as a Red Cross volunteer.
Like so many American stories, Lillian’s begins with immigration, determination, and hard work.
At a one-day event in Salinas on July 27, more than two dozen volunteers from the Central Coast Chapter distributed lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) to Monterey County practitioners who provide healthcare to local fieldworkers.
Rayvon Williams’ contributions to the Central Coast Chapter go beyond filling key leadership positions on its Board of Directors: He’s regularly promoted the importance of fundraising, he’s helped forge deeper relationships with Red Cross partners, he’s served on the chapter’s Heroes Breakfast committee, and he’s hosted lifesaving Red Cross blood drives at the Watsonville Municipal Airport. And that’s just a starter list.
Rebecca was also once a Red Cross client. The experience impacted her so deeply that she vowed she would – after her family rebuilt their home and lives – volunteer for the Red Cross.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel our annual American Red Cross San Francisco Gala event this year to protect the members of our community and guests. Please help us recognize our honorees!
Only 65 additional clinical hours stood between the students and the culmination of two years of constant hard work.
Because of COVID-19, getting prepared for wildfires will look a little different than in other years. With that thinking in mind, the American Red Cross has tips to help you.
We have created an index of NCCR stories, local messages, and other resources that shed light on how the American Red Cross is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though this Sunday’s Farm to Table Dinner was cancelled because of the pandemic, we’re still very grateful for our partners, sponsors, and other supporters who make the fundraiser possible — and we look forward to next year’s dinner.
On Friday, May 22, workers from the Central Coast Chapter joined First 5 San Benito County to support a food distribution event in Hollister. During the COVID-19 shutdown, many families have struggled with income due to record unemployment.
Marianna led an impressive Red Cross team who developed non-congregate shelter training for partners to combat COVID-19.
Because of the pandemic, our Red Cross region’s International Services program has begun holding its classes and discussion events virtually.
With the cancellation of stand downs, a number of comfort kits were going unused. Then SAF volunteers throughout the region seized the opportunity.