Bernie Nazari receives
division award: Spirit of Pacific

By Joanne Nowlin, CEO American Red Cross LA Region Great news to share – Bernie Nazari was selected as the recipient of the Spirit of Pacific Award. This award recognizes a volunteer or paid staff member across the entire Pacific Division of the American Red Cross who acts with a sense of purpose, has a passion for service and willingness to go above and beyond.  Simply put, Bernie does it all. His commitment, perseverance, and...

For appreciation week, look back at volunteers we honored

Happy National Volunteer Week! In honor of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to take this time to shine a light on our Volunteer Excellence Award Recipients of 2020. These volunteers embodied the Red Cross throughout 2020 and the mission work being done. Biomedical Achievement – ANDREW LEEAndrew was exceptionally helpful to Blood Services in 2020 through the COVID environment. He provided great insight and solutions to the education sector...

California Jones and the Volunteer Excellence Awards

An Interview by Jordan Rodgers, Red Cross Volunteer Services Manager Last Saturday, Feb. 20, the Los Angeles Region celebrated volunteer achievement at the annual Volunteer Excellence Awards. This year looked different in many ways.   Due to the pandemic, our event went virtual with more than 200 amazing volunteers watching from the comfort of their homes. There was no venue, no buffet, no mingling with friends. Like the last 11 months, it...

Delivering blood: A safe way to give back

Red Cross volunteer Michael Binkow told a version of this story on our “Close to the Vest: Alone/Together” livestream event. Full video below.   https://youtu.be/Il3xdqxKmLM Hi everybody. I’m going to tell a brief story about how I became interested in blood driving. I had trained as a blood driver about five years ago, because I thought it might be interesting and helpful to people and hospitals to deliver blood.  To be honest,...

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