Honor: 100 Years of Volunteers
Over the past 100 years, American Red Cross volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and opened their hearts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters around the Gold Country Region and beyond.
Whether knitting for soldiers during WWI, teaching swimming lessons in the 1950s, or sheltering families displaced by devastating floods and wildfires throughout the decades, our volunteers have strengthened communities with their time, talents, and compassion.
Here’s how some of our lines of service have evolved over the years.
Since World War I, Red Cross volunteers from around the Gold Country Region have turned compassion into action, sometimes traveling far from home to help disaster victims. Deployments continue today, but now “virtual casework” also allows volunteers to assist people wherever the need exists without leaving home.
Health, Safety & Preparedness
Early work of local chapters included tuberculosis prevention and providing hot meals for school children. Today, Gold Country volunteers help families prepare for and prevent disasters through the Home Fire Campaign and the Pillowcase Project. First aid, CPR, and water safety remain important.
Service to the Armed Forces
From telegraphs to the Hero App, the American Red Cross has adapted technology to meet the communication needs of military members and veterans. In 2016, the Red Cross rolled out an app to connect our military with emergency and non-emergency resources.