Mental Health and the Military: How Red Cross Volunteers are Serving Those who Serve

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It's also Military Appreciation Month, and the Red Cross is strongly committed to both supporting mental health and supporting members of the Armed Forces and their families. Combining the two, the Red Cross trains licensed mental health professionals to volunteer and provide support to members of the military, veterans and their families. 

“A chance to leave the world a little better”: Why Aaron and Deb Hayes became Red Cross Volunteers

By Evan Peper Three rivers threatened to overflow, farms and homes flooded, even I-5 itself was in danger of falling underwater -- Lewis County was hit hard by torrential rains that took place at the start of 2022. Acts of heroism always arise with natural disasters, as evidenced by the 20+ water rescues needed by … Continue reading “A chance to leave the world a little better”: Why Aaron and Deb Hayes became Red Cross Volunteers

“We lost everything…” A home fire is devastating. The Red Cross is here to help

Emergency response to the Maple Crest Apartment fire in Tukwila, WA on August 17, 2021 By Abby Lutz “Let’s go, let’s go -- there’s a fire, we’ve got to get out of here!”   Those were the words that awoke Samantha Walker on August 17, 2021 in her Tukwila apartment. Her husband, Isiac Walker, woke up … Continue reading “We lost everything…” A home fire is devastating. The Red Cross is here to help

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

Tracy Sheehy’s Whirlwind Trip from One Fire to Another

By Gordon Williams  Red Cross volunteer Tracy Sheehy had just returned home from a two-week deployment to the California wildfires when she was asked to help at the fires sweeping through Washington. Now she is mass care manager for Red Cross sheltering operations in Federal Way and Puyallup where she works with shelter manager Richard … Continue reading Tracy Sheehy’s Whirlwind Trip from One Fire to Another

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

Yaleidy Torres is Pacific Division SAF Volunteer of the Quarter

Yaleidy Torres Congratulations to Yaleidy Torres who has been named as Volunteer of the Quarter (October to December 2018) for Service to the Armed Forces Pacific Division. As the Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) Lead on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Yaleidy has mentored and guided countless volunteers. Yaleidy recruits and assigns volunteers to meet the needs … Continue reading Yaleidy Torres is Pacific Division SAF Volunteer of the Quarter