I was introduced to the Red Cross through my work and family, but I was drawn to volunteering because of the opportunity to help other people. When my company, Paul Davis Restoration, started getting more involved with the Red Cross, I got to see more of what volunteers were actually doing – how much their work made an impact, and I wanted to do that too. Continue reading
While watching the news during Hurricane Katrina I knew I needed to get involved in some way to help.
Once my kids were a bit older I researched organizations that help during disasters and the Red Cross kept coming up.
The more I read, the more I wanted to join. Continue reading
I came to the Red Cross after experiencing how close to home wildfires can hit and effect a community.
I wanted to be a part of the regrouping and rebuilding efforts and I loved what the Red Cross was doing on the front lines. Continue reading
By Gordon Williams
Photos by Amelia Iraheta
Amelia Iraheta of Seattle finds conditions harsh on St. Thomas, where she is part of the American Red Cross relief operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wrecked homes and flooded streets are everywhere; there still are power lines down and there is a curfew to keep cars off the roads at night. Continue reading
By Gordon Williams
Pictures by Tim Serban
Most disaster victims need more than just a meal and a safe place to sleep, says Portland, OR based Red Cross service area leader Tim Serban. They also need emotional and spiritual support to help them get through an ordeal that threatens to tear their lives apart. “They already know what happened,” says Serban. “Now they want to know why it happened and why such a terrible thing happened to them.” Continue reading
By: Sara Shager
The Red Cross recently installed smoke alarms in several mobile homes in the Port Susan Camping Club in Tulalip, Washington. The need for working smoke alarms in close-quartered camping clubs is extremely high. The forest surrounding the club increases the risk of fires spreading from home to home. As volunteers finished one of the installations, a club member shared her escape plan. Continue reading