Patty O’Hara is a longtime Red Cross volunteer for client services for the Central Coast Chapter. She is also writer and winner of the Family Circle Fiction Contest of 2010 for her short story, “The Secrets of Celestial Navigation.”
Patty is generously donating some of the proceeds from her latest book, True East, to the American Red Cross. Read more
By Fleur Williams
Janet Packer, right, recipient of a Clara Barton Award, is pictured with Michele Averill, CEO of the Central Coast Chapter. (Photo: Jim Hobbs)
One early morning in 2005, Janet Packer watched from her home in Aptos, California as the devastation of Hurricane Katrina played out on the TV news. Packer was immediately moved to respond, driving to the American Red Cross’s Santa Cruz office and arriving just as the doors opened at 8:30 a.m. “I’ll do anything you need me to do,” she said. Read more
Cheryl Powell, Joanne Hagerty, and Sid Matlock deployed out of the chapter’s Carmel office.
The Central Coast Chapter, in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Florence, has deployed 7 volunteers to support sheltering, transportation, and feeding. The Volunteers deploying with a combined 40 deployments under their belts are Jay Dravich, John Crepeau, Joanne Hagerty, Sid Matlock, Cheryl Powell, Frances Rinaldo, and John Delange. All have agreed to a minimum 2-week assignment. Read more
Nancy Cohen, at the Rocking Horse Ranch Preschool
The $400 check, made out to the American Red Cross, was delivered to the Central Coast Chapter’s Santa Cruz office on schedule this summer. “We’ve been sending a check like that at the end of the school year for about 15 years now,” says Nancy Cohen, owner-operator of Rocking Horse Ranch Preschool in the nearby community of Soquel. Read more
In an effort to make our neighbors safer, volunteers from our Central Coast Chapter joined forces with our partners this past weekend to install 121 free smoke alarms in homes in the city of Watsonville. In all, our Sound the Alarm – Save a Life activity helped make 58 adults and children safer through the installations and accompanying safety education. Read more
CARMEL, CA (August 16, 2018) — On average, home fires kill 7 people and injure another 36 — every single day in the United States. That’s why the American Red Cross launched its nationwide Home Fire Campaign in 2014 with the goal of reducing the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.
A key component of the campaign is a series of “Sound the Alarm – Save a Life” events in which Red Cross volunteers, working with local fire departments and other partners, visit high-risk neighborhoods to offer to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and help families create escape plans. It is believed that the “Sound the Alarm” neighborhood visits have already saved more than 450 lives throughout the United States since the Home Fire Campaign began.
On Saturday, August 25, a Sound the Alarm event will take place in the city of Watsonville. Read more
CARMEL, CA – July 30, 2018 — The Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast will be led by a number of new officers during the 2018-19 year. Elected by their fellow board members, the new officers assumed their positions effective July 1. Read more