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From the Archives – Volunteer Extraordinaire, Mabel Boardman

National Volunteer Week is April 10 to 16, 2016. From the Archives salutes Mabel Thorpe Boardman, dedicated volunteer and architect of the modern Red Cross who gave 40 years of her life to the organization.  Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881. Her strength and determination were the dominant forces of the organization in […]

This Leap Year, 3 Ways to Make a Day’s Difference

Post by American Red Cross intern, Greta Gustafson Every four years, we are granted an extra day at the end of February: Leap Day. For many of us, this extra day slips by without us recognizing the potential impact a day’s difference can make. Sure, you may get a few more chores done, but it’s […]

Red Cross Volunteer Dances for a Cause

We love sharing stories of our Red Cross volunteers, like Dan Terrio. He is a member of our Club Red Young Professionals group in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and has been a volunteer for 18 years. We spoke with Dan about his connection to the organization, and his incredible journey that has him dancing for a cause. 1) You […]

From the Archives – African American Leadership in the Red Cross

  African Americans Play Important Leadership Role In Red Cross History From the beginning, African Americans have played an important role in the mission of the American Red Cross. In honor of February’s observance of Black History Month, we salute the accomplishments of some remarkable individuals who paved the way by achieving recognition and prominence […]

From the Archives – Letter from a World War I Nurse

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, now known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the conflict, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles on Red Cross involvement in the war. Among the many nurses who volunteered to go to Europe to tend […]

The Meaning of Volunteering — Wise Words from Red Cross Donut Dollies

Written by Greta Gustafson, Media Relations Intern, American Red Cross I had the privilege of mingling with some of the Red Cross Donut Dollies at the American Red Cross Overseas Association (ARCOA) award ceremony in October. These amazing women have served members of the U.S. military in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, among many other […]

From the Archives – Hemingway with the Red Cross in Italy

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, now known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the conflict, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles on Red Cross involvement in the war. The enormous scale of World War I meant a staggering need for […]

Straight Talk on the California Wildfire Response

There have been several misunderstandings about the Red Cross and our response to the California wildfires, and we believe it is important to state the facts as clearly as possible. Like you, these are our communities and we care deeply about the people driven from their homes by these terrible fires, especially those who have […]

From the Archives – Walt Disney, World War I Driver

From 1914 to 1918, Europe endured the horrors of The Great War, later known as World War I. In recognition of the 100th anniversary, “From the Archives” will feature a series of articles describing Red Cross involvement in the war. When the United States entered the war in 1917, Walt Disney’s older brothers enlisted, but 16-year-old […]

International Youth Day: Carolyn’s Powerful Survival Story

August 12 is International Youth Day! And the American Red Cross is celebrating our young partners like Carolyn Strzalka, President of the Red Cross Club at the University of Michigan. Carolyn is a blood recipient, a donor and a Red Cross volunteer. Here’s Carolyn’s Inspiring Story: In high school I was an active student. I […]