The power of one phone call

By Gene Jeffers, San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter Board Chair  It was such a simple idea — to pick up the phone and call our own volunteers and see how they are doing during the pandemic shutdown. The Red Cross reaches out to people in our communities every day, offering comfort and care to all who need it. But in the middle of a pandemic shutdown, making wellness calls to our own volunteers? Who would ever think of such a...

Mission Moment: Volunteering in the time of COVID-19

By Alyx Flatley, Red Cross LA Volunteer During the past few weeks, I have been volunteering with the American Red Cross operation to support the Los Angeles Unified School District’s distribution of meals to children and families. I worked as a Field Supervisor at 10 different schools, which means coordinating Red Cross volunteers and Los Angeles Unified staff as they distribute free meals to students and families...

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...

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