How Jamie Hill manages King County Red Cross disaster response

By Gordon Williams  When Jamie Hill first joined the American Red Cross in 2010, her goal was to aid disaster victims — helping in those critical first hours after disaster strikes. A family friend was a deputy fire chief in Kittitas County WA, and Jamie found his stories of firefighters in action compelling. “I wanted to … Continue reading How Jamie Hill manages King County Red Cross disaster response

How Shivani Jayaprakasam became a Red Cross youth volunteer

By Gordon Williams  Red Cross volunteer Shivani Jayaprakasam says that what triggered her passion for teaching disaster preparedness was being stranded in Japan three years ago, while Typhoon Jongdari pounded the country. Shivani and her parents had stopped over in Tokyo en route to a visit to grandparents in India. “I saw how unprepared people … Continue reading How Shivani Jayaprakasam became a Red Cross youth volunteer

How High Schooler Marie Hafez serves the Red Cross

Marie Hafez (right) serves as a Community Volunteer Leader for the American Red Cross By Gordon Williams  When 17-year-old Marie Hafez first volunteered at the American Red Cross office in Kennewick WA, last August, she intended her tenure to be just long enough to finish a project for her high school Social Justice class. It … Continue reading How High Schooler Marie Hafez serves the Red Cross

Managing a Red Cross chapter that spans 15 counties

Ryan Rodin By Gordon Williams It takes a wide range of skills for the Red Cross to carry out its mission of aiding disaster victims — from disaster responders to shelter workers to mental health professionals. But Ryan Rodin brings a very different set of skills to his job with the Greater Inland Northwest Red … Continue reading Managing a Red Cross chapter that spans 15 counties