Hearts, Hammers and Smoke Alarms


By: Nancy Waddell

Photos by: Jen Blackwood

The first Saturday in May is a special day on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle WA. Hundreds of community volunteers with the non-profit organization Hearts & Hammers turn out to help residents in need fix up homes and yards.

For the third year in a row, local Red Cross volunteers joined the South Whidbey event to provide and install smoke alarms in these homes. For the first time, they worked with the Central Whidbey group this year as well. Continue reading

New Partnership Grows from Ashes

Hand in Hand

By: Anna Hiatt

Edited by: Nancy Waddell


On December 31, 2015, a catastrophic apartment fire broke out in South Everett in an older, World War II era building. One person died and 15 were injured, but many more were left in need of help.

The Red Cross responded to the Casino Road fire, but so did another organization called Hand in Hand. Their mission is to help children in the foster care system and low-income families in the greater Snohomish County region. Since that night, the Red Cross and Hand in Hand have maintained contact and continued to partner on efforts to support the local community. Continue reading

The Evolution of Red Crosser Kelli Thode

Kelli Thode

By: Anna Hiatt

Edited by: Nancy Waddell

Photos by: Nashika Stanbro


As the Disaster Action Team (DAT) Coordinator for the Red Cross Serving Snohomish County, volunteer Kelli Thode has first-hand knowledge of the motto “Sleeves up, hearts open, all in!” Continue reading

Seeking Applications for 2017-2018 AmeriCorps team members!

Americorps collage

The American Red Cross is currently accepting applications for our 2017-2018 AmeriCorps team throughout the Northwest Region!  AmeriCorps is a great opportunity to serve your community, build professional skills and develop your network in a positive setting. Continue reading

“One Shares Food, not Words.” 


By Amanda Baker

It was one of the largest regional home fires of the year. On a Tuesday afternoon in September, fire swept through a large complex in Delridge, Seattle – the Lam Bow Apartments. Residents of 19 units watched their homes and most of their possessions destroyed within a few hours. In total, 46 individuals were displaced. The Red Cross quickly opened a shelter at the Delridge Community Center and sent the call out for volunteers. As a new AmeriCorps volunteer, I was eager to help and signed up for an eight-hour shift.   Continue reading

Safety Games, Smiles and Smoke Alarms


By Cassylee Mead

Edited by Nancy Waddell

I have been interning for the American Red Cross writing stories about phenomenal volunteers and Snohomish County chapter happenings since June 1. However, in celebration of the chapter’s 100 years of service, I signed up to participate in the Home Fire Campaign, installing smoke alarms in local homes. As a storyteller, I live vicariously through those I talk to, but this time I would have the privilege of participating in one of the Red Cross’s campaigns carrying out their humanitarian mission. Continue reading

Service in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

By Kristen Vodak

Photo: Anna Kultin


Teams of volunteers and firefighters went door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Covington and Carnation as part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Martin Luther King Jr. Day initiative. The goal for the day of service was to educate residents about fire safety and to encourage individuals to take preventive fire safety measures. Continue reading