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

Certificates of Extraordinary Personal Action awarded in Tacoma

By Diane Toomey When Zaire Spann of Steilacoom, WA and his friend Damon Roberson woke up one January morning they had no idea they would be instrumental in saving a young mother’s life. Zaire and Damon were in the car together when they noticed a young woman preparing to jump off an overpass onto a … Continue reading Certificates of Extraordinary Personal Action awarded in Tacoma

How Sue and Frank Kent keep the Tacoma Office Up and Running

By Gordon Williams Sue and Frank Kent are Facilities Volunteers supporting our South Puget Sound Chapter Not every Red Cross volunteer ends up deployed to some far-off disaster scene. The Red Cross is a complex organization with facilities to care for and stocks of supplies to count. Volunteers are needed to do all the caring … Continue reading How Sue and Frank Kent keep the Tacoma Office Up and Running

Why these High Schoolers took a class on the Red Cross

The mini-term class visited the Red Cross building in Tacoma, WA, January 2019 By Gordon Williams On a regular school day, students at three innovative sister high schools in Tacoma might attend classes in graphic design or songwriting or maybe zoology. But for three-and-a-half weeks this January, 44 students from the three schools--Tacoma School of … Continue reading Why these High Schoolers took a class on the Red Cross

Building Stronger Bonds with our Military Community

By Gordon Williams A Red Cross Chapter is only as strong as its support from the community it serves. That’s why Red Cross chapters in Bremerton, Everett and Tacoma recently held evening events aimed at building and strengthening bonds with leaders of their communities. “The purpose of the meeting was to raise community awareness of … Continue reading Building Stronger Bonds with our Military Community

AmeriCorps Story of Service: Hanna Lingenfelter

As an undergraduate student, I studied Archaeology and Anthropology. Understanding and fleshing out the definition of culture is central to these fields of study. My understanding of culture and all that encompasses this sole word was pushed further in my graduate program as an Intercultural Studies student. Today, I believe that cultural competency is critical … Continue reading AmeriCorps Story of Service: Hanna Lingenfelter

How an Auction of Inmate Art will Aid Red Cross Hurricane Relief

By Gordon Williams Edited by Nancy Waddell Damage from the three hurricanes that struck the U.S. and possessions last August and September is put at $265 billion dollars by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Add billions more just from the California wildfires, and the damage caused by disasters last year was staggering.   Equally … Continue reading How an Auction of Inmate Art will Aid Red Cross Hurricane Relief

Why Samantha Harrison Volunteers

By Gordon Williams The goal of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is to reduce deaths from fire by installing smoke alarms in homes and apartments that need them. Since the Red Cross obviously can’t install smoke alarms in every U.S. home, how does it determine where they should go? The answer comes from Samantha … Continue reading Why Samantha Harrison Volunteers