Dan Wirth takes on a challenging new Red Cross role

By Gordon Williams OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Employees and volunteers come to the American Red Cross from many diverse backgrounds. Even so, Dan Wirth, the new chapter executive director serving South Puget Sound and Olympics, is surely the only one to have managed a youth soccer program in the West African island nation of Equatorial Guinea. … Continue reading Dan Wirth takes on a challenging new Red Cross role

Cecilia Gutierrez brings Latina perspective to Red Cross board

By Mark Walker Cecilia Gutierrez wanted to play a role in her community’s preparedness, that’s what first drew her to the American Red Cross – a commitment to help protect the lives of her friends and neighbors. Gutierrez, 60, submitted her application online, hoping to join the Disaster Cycle Services team for her home chapter. … Continue reading Cecilia Gutierrez brings Latina perspective to Red Cross board

Why Tony Hillman Volunteers at the Red Cross — and Elsewhere, too

By Gordon Williams Just over 40,000 people live in Bremerton, WA, and Red Cross volunteer Tony Hillman may very well be the busiest of them all. Day job for Hillman, who is an accountant, is controller for Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County. As a volunteer at the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas (KOP) Red Cross … Continue reading Why Tony Hillman Volunteers at the Red Cross — and Elsewhere, too

A Leader in Diversity joins Increasingly Diverse Red Cross

By Gordon Williams The Red Cross, worldwide, operates on the foundation of seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. While each of the seven has an important point to make, one central theme lies at the heart of all of them — the Red Cross is committed to providing its … Continue reading A Leader in Diversity joins Increasingly Diverse Red Cross

SHE SERVES THE RED CROSS–AND MORE

By Gordon Williams Gail Fraser Chanpong of Port Ludlow, WA is an avid Red Cross volunteer in the Northwest Region’s Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Chapter. She teaches first aid, CPR and preparedness and takes part in blood drives. When the Red Cross Sound the Alarm smoke alarm campaign kicks off next spring, she will be … Continue reading SHE SERVES THE RED CROSS–AND MORE

The Many Benefits from KOP’s Working Party

By Gordon Williams Photos by Gordon Williams Most times, a gathering of Red Cross volunteers and staffers would mean a disaster somewhere, with people in urgent need of assistance. But when more than a dozen volunteers and staff members gathered at the Bremerton office of the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Chapter on a sunny mid-July morning, … Continue reading The Many Benefits from KOP’s Working Party