Pandemic brings out the best in Red Cross volunteers and others

By Mark Walker Legions of American Red Cross volunteers have stepped up over the last year and a half to help the nation confront the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Be it staffing emergency shelters, assisting with vaccine distribution or making sure the emergency needs of fire victims are met, volunteers have responded in droves during the … Continue reading Pandemic brings out the best in Red Cross volunteers and others

How to Enjoy a Safe Halloween in 2020

by Jennifer Astion Halloween will look a little different this year. Due to Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), King County and Pierce County discourage traditional house to house trick or treating. Julia Raasch on Unsplash Instead, get creative with this fall holiday. The CDC suggests these low risk activities: Decorate or … Continue reading How to Enjoy a Safe Halloween in 2020

Young Volunteers Bring their Skills to the Red Cross

By Emily Thornton  In September 2020, LinkedIn ranked the American Red Cross as the organization with the highest number of monthly volunteers. This year, the Red Cross has seen an increase of 20 percent in new volunteer applications and almost 30% of Red Cross volunteers are ages 25 to 49. Red Cross volunteer Katelyn Hinkin … Continue reading Young Volunteers Bring their Skills to the Red Cross

How Janice Chapman Shelters Clients from Wildfires and COVID19

By Gordon Williams  Janice Chapman Red Cross volunteer Janice Chapman was warned on the afternoon of Sunday, September 6 that she might be deployed to a wildfire in Eastern Washington. The call to deploy came early the next morning. “I was just finishing my coffee,” Janice said. Within hours, she was on her way to … Continue reading How Janice Chapman Shelters Clients from Wildfires and COVID19

Red Cross responds to COVID-19 crisis with new online Psychological First Aid training and community outreach

By Jennifer Astion EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story originally published, the Psychological First Aid for everyone course is now offered for a $20 fee (it had been made available for free immediately following the outset of the pandemic). The American Red Cross is responding to mental health issues created by the coronavirus epidemic with a … Continue reading Red Cross responds to COVID-19 crisis with new online Psychological First Aid training and community outreach

Red Cross offers virtual assistance and teaches resilience in a COVID-19 world

By Emily Thornton For people experiencing loss, grief or just plain stress due to the ongoing public health pandemic, a team of about 10 American Red Cross volunteers from the Northwest Region is offering virtual courses designed to ease the pain. It’s psychological assistance for individuals, families, friends and the community,” said Diane Hermanson, Disaster Mental Health … Continue reading Red Cross offers virtual assistance and teaches resilience in a COVID-19 world