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Reporting for Duty: A Retired Army Colonel at the Red Cross

In October of 2010, Retired Colonel Benjamin F. Robinson retired from a second career in civil service. The following week, Robinson walked through the front doors of the American Red Cross and said he was ready to volunteer. No time for relaxing – he had work to do. “There was no way I could sit [...]

Volunteers Map Fire-Affected Neighborhoods in Chile

When news of a major fire in Valparaíso, Chile made headlines on Monday, some people sent donations. Some people took to social media. And some people mapped. Not wasting any time, digital volunteers gathered at the American Red Cross headquarters Monday morning, grabbed some caffeine and began to make a detailed map of neighborhoods affected [...]

The Intersection of Work and Volunteering

Post by Jai Nassim You’ve probably noticed this week the Red Cross has been celebrating the good work of its volunteers. Volunteers come to us from all walks of life, and all backgrounds. It’s one of the things that make this organization a great place to volunteer—there’s something for everyone to do. In fact, volunteering [...]

The Volunteers Reconnecting Families

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, I am reminded that the work of American Red Cross volunteers never does. For our Restoring Family Links volunteers, the impact of their time and efforts literally brings families back together. This process can take months, sometimes even years. Sometimes, volunteers are like Thu-Thuy Truong or Manyang [...]

Digital Mapping Volunteers Save Lives from the Comfort of their Homes

It’s National Volunteer Week – the time of year when we all put extra effort into recognizing the generous people who make the world a better place. This is the week to high-five that front desk volunteer at the blood donation center; fist bump a crossing guard; and flash those pearly whites at families working [...]

National Volunteer Week: It Takes a Village

They say it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to raise spirits and support physical needs for an individual, a family, or a neighborhood – anyone affected by an unexpected disaster that brings a community to its knees. While you probably know the Red Cross provides food, shelter, mental [...]

“The Stars” Align to Spread Hope on #GivingTuesday

Today, the stars are aligned. At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to work with our celebrity donors and volunteers, as well as many television and film partners.  Each day, they bring us creative ideas about how to alleviate suffering and save lives through the powerful and creative influence of the entertainment industry.  They sing [...]

From the Archives – Victory Book Campaign

In November 1941, the American Red Cross, the United Service Organizations (USO) and the American Library Association (ALA) formed the Victory Book Campaign (originally named the National Defense Book Campaign). This nationwide campaign’s goal was for the public to donate books as reading material for members of the armed forces. The books would supplement the [...]

Teen Volunteers Make a Difference at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

As the leaves turn and school is in full swing, we’d like to take the time to reflect on the contributions of our youth volunteers. We were lucky enough to have more than 40 high school students who volunteered with the Red Cross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The VolunTeens spent 6 weeks of [...]

How “The West Wing” Inspires Volunteerism: Then and Now

Part of my weekly routine involves watching a few episodes of The West Wing – it’s (sometimes) intelligent fiction, well written, etc….but this habit mostly stemmed from my husband being borderline flabbergasted/appalled that I had not watched this show before. People will tell you that the show seems to predict a lot of things, but [...]