If you’re a member of the First Aid Services Team of the American Red Cross, you might be volunteering at the Columbus Marathon, an OSU football game, and a roller derby – all in the space of a few months.. The First Aid Services Team provides first-aid services at public events locally. Team members might…… Continue reading First Aid First…And Then?
A calm presence at the foot of her bed. That’s the first thing Debbie Carpenter remembers when she thinks about the fire that destroyed her home in 2016. That presences was Darlene Theophilus, a Red Cross volunteer who had been part of the team who supported Debbie and her family as her home burned. They’d…… Continue reading Calm in the Midst of Chaos
What began as a resume-building opportunity has turned into a calling for Chris Stertzbach. Chris is coming up on his one-year anniversary of being a Services to the Armed Forces (SAF) volunteer with the American Red Cross. The program supports military service members and families across the world to prepare for, cope with and respond…… Continue reading OSU Grad Gives Back as Services to the Armed Forces Volunteer
Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I sluggishly drag myself out of bed. I am not a morning person, but the opportunity for community, the potential for saving lives, and the chance to educate people about preparing local disasters, are always more desirable to me than sleeping in on a Saturday morning. When I arrive…… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Home Fire Campaign Volunteer
“What happened?” It’s one of the first things Red Cross volunteer Caitlin Po asks when she goes out to a fire. “Everything starts out with just listening to them,” she said. The Disaster Action Teams she leads with the Red Cross are called to respond to disasters big and small, most of them home fires.…… Continue reading First, You Listen
Being a Red Cross volunteer has helped Magaly Linares cross cultures. Magaly, originally from Panama, is continuing her Red Cross service in the United States. “I don’t have my biological family here or many friends now,” said Magaly. “I came to the Red Cross and found a team of people willing to share with me.…… Continue reading Finding Family
June 2nd was just another typical Friday afternoon for members of the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. The work week was winding down when the Disaster Services Department received a phone call. A fire had occurred in a nearby apartment complex, affecting 42 units and leaving 80 residents unable to return to…… Continue reading Sheltering Body and Spirit