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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 […]

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Asks “What is a Hero?”

Last night, on the finale of TNT’s The Hero, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson asked contestants to define what it means to be a hero. On the show, contestants have competed for the title of #TheHero in challenges of strength, courage and integrity, so many of them offered strong perspectives on true heroism. For #HeroDave, heroism […]

Four Absolutes Disproved at Walter Reed

This post was written by Erin Sikorski, who has spent the summer in DC, working as a communications intern for the Service to the Armed Forces department. Erin is a junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in public relations. As a summer intern at the Red Cross National Headquarters in DC, I recently had […]

From the Archives – The Hartford Circus Fire

On July 6, 1944, in Hartford, CT, a flame ignited the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus big top tent during the afternoon show. The fire started along the side wall near the main entrance. The canvas circus tent, coated in gasoline and paraffin to repel water, was extremely flammable and within minutes the entire […]

St. Louis Chapter Reconnects Brothers Separated 12 Years

Working with the Restoring Family Links team, I’m privy to some pretty incredible stories — stories of hope and love persevering against all odds to bring families and loved ones long thought lost back into each others’ lives. The dedication of our volunteers is often behind some of the most touching stories, and a recent […]