Open Letter from CEO Jarrett Barrios to the Red Cross Workforce

  Los Angeles Red Crossers,  Today dawns a new chapter in our lives with the novel coronavirus: Today is our first day navigating life “in the red.”  The specific order by California’s governor mandates that “all individuals living in California stay at home or their place of residence.” A similar order from our county board of supervisors and the Los Angeles County Director of Public Health gives a bit more content to what will...

A Look Back at 2019, A Look Forward to a New Decade

By Jarrett Barrios, CEO, Red Cross Los Angeles It’s been quite the American Red Cross year in Los Angeles, indeed!  Many Red Crossers sometimes only have visibility into their slice of the work in our Region, so I thought I’d provide a summary of some of our highlights this year. First Aid Stations and Training Services For more than 40 years, the Red Cross has supported the Tournament of Roses by operating the first aid stations along the...

To Geneva: Learnings from LA’s partnership with the Salvadoran Red Cross

On Monday, August 5, the American Red Cross was summoned before the powerful Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the governing body of all national Red Cross societies. But we weren’t there for a challenging or unfortunate circumstance. Rather, we’d been asked to showcase a national American Red Cross pilot project between the Los Angeles Region and the Salvadoran Red...

Moving to the Heart of LA

By Jarrett Barrios, CEO, Red Cross Los Angeles Sleeves up. Hearts open. All in. We’ve heard this refrain over and over. Each time it fills me with pride at the dedication of our staff, volunteers, and donors to the mission of this organization. The “Hearts Open” message is one we regularly use at the American Red Cross. There is a reason we repeatedly return to the heart imagery, representing the dedication of our volunteers and the love...

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