Santa Paula High School Fire Impacts Nearby Residents

The Santa Paula High School “girl’s gym” built in the 1930's was more than just a historical building - it was filled with memories shared by so many in the community. Generations of students, some of whom now work at the school, shared what that building meant to them from attending prom to practicing with the … Continue reading Santa Paula High School Fire Impacts Nearby Residents

Stories from Ride for the Red 2022

by Linda Demyan, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer What does it take to put on a successful fundraising event AND raise awareness?  On November 12th, it took 170 bike riders and 130 volunteers who braved a very cold morning and ended up with an amazing sunny day and $75,000 in donations raised. Participants in the three … Continue reading Stories from Ride for the Red 2022

The Impact of Giving Time

By Osvaldo Rodriguez I was invited to spend a few hours volunteering on a Saturday morning by my friend Eddie, who is also the Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Kern County, to volunteer for Sound the Alarm. He informed me that the company that I work for, The Wonderful Company, had partnered … Continue reading The Impact of Giving Time

Profoundly Heartbreaking Experience Leads to Heartfelt Volunteerism

By Cindy Huge, Red Cross Volunteer Life seemed to come to a halt when Cody Blackford heard the news that two of his family members had perished in a house fire. “I remember getting a call from my parents, while I was at work, informing me that my eighteen- and three-year-old nieces had passed away … Continue reading Profoundly Heartbreaking Experience Leads to Heartfelt Volunteerism

A Family That Prepares Together

It’s important to know that you may have just two minutes to escape a home fire — which is the nation’s most frequent disaster. That’s why the American Red Cross is preparing families to act quickly through our Home Fire Campaign. “We are the leads for the Home Fire Campaign here in Ventura County,” said … Continue reading A Family That Prepares Together

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

Why I Volunteer: Meet Ken Jonah

By Lucca Lorenzi, Public Affairs Volunteer Ken Jonah became a member of the Red Cross in March of 2021, but he has been an active volunteer in his communities for over a decade.  In 2010, Jonah began volunteering with his local sheriff's department which led him to eventually become a police commissioner in Danville. Through … Continue reading Why I Volunteer: Meet Ken Jonah

Providing Safety, Comfort and Hope

by Dave Wagner, Public Affairs Volunteer At 5:22 am on a Friday morning in mid-April, the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) was notified that the Oxnard Fire Department was battling a structure fire in a large house on the edge of town. Within minutes, volunteer Thomas Gorden, the Dispatcher/Duty Officer, had two members of … Continue reading Providing Safety, Comfort and Hope

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

Bill Dutton: 52 years and counting, still inspired by the Red Cross mission

By Dan Santos, American Red Cross Volunteer Bill Dutton started his career with the American Red Cross in 1970. In his 52 years with the Red Cross, Bill Dutton has seen many changes, except for one thing: “The mission to help others in need is still there. That’s what has kept me inspired.” During his … Continue reading Bill Dutton: 52 years and counting, still inspired by the Red Cross mission