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Red Cross Volunteers – From the Archives

American Red Cross service delivery began on a very small scale, with one female volunteer. Clara Barton’s passion inspired others to join her in meeting the needs of fellow Americans and other people throughout the world. And the organization grew. Today, the Red Cross depends on the involvement of its hundreds of thousands of volunteers. [...]

Connecting Nepal: A Report from IT/Telecoms Volunteers

Written by Julie Bradley, IT/Telecommunications volunteer with the American Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit in Nepal When the dogs wake you up at night with frantic barking, it might be time to put on your shoes and get ready to run. So far, dogs have been reliable indicators of aftershocks ranging from ‘mild’ to ‘Let’s exit [...]

Shaken In Nepal

Written by Glen and Julie Bradley, IT/Telecommunications volunteers with the American Red Cross Emergency Relief Unit in Nepal, who were deployed immediately following the earthquake to restore critical communications in the region. The aftershocks, which have been rolling across Kathmandu sporadically since April 25, shake the region almost as much as the initial 7.8 quake. [...]

National Volunteer Week – Share Your Story!

April 12 – 18 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the selfless efforts of those who give so much in support of others. For well over a century, the American Red Cross has relied on volunteers to deliver care and compassion to those in need across the country and around the [...]

From the Archives for Women’s History Month: “Marjorie Bonynge and Volunteer Partnership in World War II”

Along with many other New York City residents, Marjorie Bonynge went to Pier 88 on West 49 Street to see the wreckage of the French liner which had caught fire and capsized while being converted into a U.S. troop transport. The burning of the ship in February 1942, just two months after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry [...]

@ClaraBarton, Is That You? Envisioning Our Founder’s First Tweets

In honor of March is Red Cross Month, we decided to show our founder, Clara Barton, how to tweet and celebrate with us. Like most who first start out on Twitter, it took a bit of time to acclimate! Limiting thoughts to 140 characters, what to talk about and, of course, how to properly use [...]

To Save, To Serve, To Build

It often takes a little nudge for us to get up off the couch, to get the ball rolling, or to take on something new. Many American Red Cross volunteers credit a disaster – a large-scale national event, like a hurricane or series of wildfires, or even a smaller event that affects family members, friends [...]

2015 Resolutions: 3 Ideas from the Red Cross

With the new year, comes a new you! But for many of us, New Year’s resolutions don’t always pan out.  We try to lose weight, get to the gym more or even take up a hobby. But the changes become overwhelming by day 3 (or is that just me?). If you’re looking for new resolutions, [...]

It’s Still Raining in the Balkans, But Families Move Forward

This blog post was written by Wendy Brightman, a Red Cross volunteer who deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina to assist with cash distribution to families recovering from heavy flooding that occurred last spring. When she arrived a few weeks ago, it was still raining. September rains have continued to bring flooding to the same areas [...]

Humanitarianism in Action: Gaza and Israel

What does it mean to be a Red Cross Red Crescent volunteer in a war zone? It means remaining neutral, impartial, and humane. And all too often, it means putting your life at risk. This weekend, two Palestine Red Crescent volunteers were killed while providing humanitarian assistance. Volunteers in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank [...]