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

Norma Smith’s Red Cross memories go back seven decades

By Gordon Williams  Volunteer Norma Smith of Bainbridge Island, WA first heard of the American Red Cross in 1943 when she was a 10-year-old growing up in Detroit. In letters back home from his military base, brother Kenneth wrote about the Red Cross serving him coffee and donuts. Kenneth, who later would die in World … Continue reading Norma Smith’s Red Cross memories go back seven decades

How Diane Burnett Brings Comfort to Hard-Hit Disaster Survivors

By  Gordon Williams, Red Cross Volunteer Most Red Cross volunteers deployed to a disaster scene are sent to help feed and house the victims. When Diane Burnett of Seattle was sent recently to tornado-ravaged Alabama, her concern was more the mental health than the physical needs of disaster victims. A swarm of three dozen tornadoes … Continue reading How Diane Burnett Brings Comfort to Hard-Hit Disaster Survivors

Why I Volunteer: Tanya Puente

Humanitarian at Heart:  At the age of 15 I went on my first humanitarian trip to Romania; followed by 5 more throughout high school and just after. I found that I had a true passion for humanitarian aid/disaster relief and wanted to  do more of it. I joined the Red Cross in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Tanya Puente

UW student nurses teach emergency preparedness, boost their skills

By Dale Steinke Edited by Nancy Waddell Nine students from the University of Washington School of Nursing spent this fall in their community health nursing clinical rotation helping Snohomish County kids and adults be more prepared for emergencies. In the process, they built up critical knowledge they’ll need once they become nurses. “When students only … Continue reading UW student nurses teach emergency preparedness, boost their skills