Red Cross ready to serve

Volunteers Carl Nishioka, left, Don Binder, Ron Conlin, Cynthia Newport and Terry Brennan at the National Night Out booth on Whidbey Island in 2015.
Volunteers Carl Nishioka, left, Don Binder, Ron Conlin, Cynthia Newport and Terry Brennan at the National Night Out booth on Whidbey Island in 2015. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

American Red Cross NW Washington Chapter was established in 1917 and had about 468 volunteers in 2015.

Purpose: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Volunteer highlights: The NW Washington Chapter recently held our annual Fill the Emergency Response Vehicle Event in which we partner with our local Haggen stores located in Whatcom and Skagit County to raise funds to resupply our Emergency Response Vehicle. Beginning at the early hours of the morning, our amazing volunteers helped staff all seven locations from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. The goal was to raise awareness and community support for the various efforts our chapter puts forward to support our community in times of need. Our volunteers make up the heart and soul of all of our programs and without each and every one of them we would not be able to provide the kind of support and programs offer our community. Our volunteers go above and beyond, often getting called out on local home fire calls in the late hours of the night.

Signature fundraiser: Annual golf tournament held on Friday, July 1 at Shuksand Golf Course in Bellingham.

Wish list: We are looking for a people who would paint the interior of our office in Bellingham (labor and supplies donated). We are looking for a Nikon camera to take pictures of our events, responses, etc. We are looking for a BBQ grill for in-house events.

Current volunteer needs: We are looking for volunteers in the following roles: disaster action team, disaster preparedness presenters, administrative support, volunteer leadership roles for emergency response, licensed health services volunteers, licensed mental health volunteers and caseworkers.

For more information, go online to redcross.org.


April is National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight 30 local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.