Why I Volunteer: Meet Lucca Lorenzi

By Lucca Lorenzi, Public Affairs Volunteer In the fall of 2021, my grandmother passed away after years of living with Alzheimer’s. She grew up in Lyon, France during World War II, and her father was taken captive by Nazi soldiers for helping thousands of Jewish citizens flee from the city of Lyon during nazi regime’s … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Meet Lucca Lorenzi

Turning Compassion Into Action – Meet Jim Hankinson

By Cindy Huge, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer Retirement brought a new challenge for Jim Hankinson in the form of what to do with his time.  After much reflection which included thinking back to his time as a youth and his parents stressing the importance of helping others, Jim began the journey of finding a … Continue reading Turning Compassion Into Action – Meet Jim Hankinson

Red Cross Volunteers Fuel Our Mission – Meet Chris Murphy

By Lucca Lorenzi, Red Cross Volunteer, Cover Photo by Mimi Teller As a transportation logistics volunteer, Chris Murphy has been 'behind the wheel' at several disasters to help ensure safety for nearly two decades. In 2004, Murphy and his wife discovered the Red Cross at an Escapees RV Club event and were introduced to the … Continue reading Red Cross Volunteers Fuel Our Mission – Meet Chris Murphy

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Central California

Stories collected by Abby Oldemeyer and Jazmyn Vega, Red Cross Communications Volunteers As we round out the last day of Red Cross Month and Women's History Month, we reflect on the selfless drive of our founder, Clara Barton. Clara is one of the most honored women in American history – Guided by an intense devotion to … Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month in Central California

Women’s History Month: Meet Mary Frazier

By Lucca Lorenzi Following her retirement from accounting, Mary Frazier was looking for a way to help others in her community. In 2015, she joined the Red Cross and has been serving the Central California Region ever since.  “I’m a people’s person. I like meeting new people and helping wherever I’m needed,” she stated. “That’s … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Meet Mary Frazier

Board Member, Dom Dopico, Wears Multiple Hats… and Helmets

Dom Dopico transitions from hi-risk to hi-tech to hi-touch helping lead Red Cross Board by Tom Horan, Red Cross Volunteer Few people have experienced the diversity of careers as Serafin “Dom” Dopico, Board Member of the Central California Region. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Dom enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to … Continue reading Board Member, Dom Dopico, Wears Multiple Hats… and Helmets

Hope Can Make All the Difference; Executive Director Reflects on Her Kentucky Tornado Deployment

Lori Wilson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter, recently returned from Bowling Green, Kentucky where she spent more than two weeks serving the communities devastated by the December Tornadoes. At the Red Cross, we keep stories that impact us close to our Red Cross vests. We like to call them our … Continue reading Hope Can Make All the Difference; Executive Director Reflects on Her Kentucky Tornado Deployment

Serving Those Who Served Our Nation

Pictured left to right: Derril Shiflet, Patti Shiflet, Suzanne Curtis, Mark Lemmon and Jack Dixon at the Santa Barbara County Stand Down in Santa Maria. Over the past month, the Red Cross of Central California Region’s Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) team, Red Cross’s original division of service, celebrated its 31st year of Stand … Continue reading Serving Those Who Served Our Nation

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Eddie Zamora and His Red Cross Journey

Eddie Zamora has worn many hats since his Red Cross career began in November 2015. Zamora first joined the Red Cross as the Disaster Preparedness Manager for seven counties of the Central California Region where he led a team of volunteers that educated youth, adults and organizations how to be prepared for emergencies. After several … Continue reading Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Eddie Zamora and His Red Cross Journey

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Conoce a Isabel Bravo y José Pérez

Para una pareja, ser voluntario y contribuir al bienestar de otros es un pilar de lo que son. Isabel Bravo y José Pérez crecieron con el valor compartido de servir a los demás. Bravo es Directora de Medio Ambiente, Salud y Seguridad en Wonderful Citrus-Operaciones Agrícolas de California y se desempeña como vicepresidenta de la … Continue reading Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Conoce a Isabel Bravo y José Pérez