Why I Serve

An American Red Cross AmeriCorps Journey, by Americorps member Riley Hennessy The question of, “Why I serve as an AmeriCorps member for the American Red Cross,” is a question I get asked on a regular basis. And, though the people who ask are always different, my answer is always the same. I serve to make a difference and I serve to help better the lives of others. Both locally and while deployed, I have witnessed people who have lost...

Deployed on a Mission with the American Red Cross

Written by California AmeriCorps Disaster Team Member, Elyse Tran "My first two Red Cross deployments were in response to Hurricane Matthew. For my first, I flew out to North Carolina two days after the storm dissipated. Although most predictions indicated that (within the U.S.) Florida would be hit hardest by the storm, North Carolina ended up seeing far more destruction and deaths than any other state. So, I went there. Then, in December, I...

Talking Disaster Preparedness in Cuba after the Storm

By Los Angeles Region CEO, Jarrett Barrios HAVANA, CUBA – In November, I traveled to Cuba for the 31st time, as part of my ongoing humanitarian work with the island nation. Accompanying me this time was Tennessee Region Red Cross CEO Joel Sullivan and New Jersey Region Red Cross CEO Ana Montero. Myself, along with the other Red Cross CEOs and delegates from six states, including Red Cross board members from around the country, met to discuss...

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