The American Red Cross has a rich, 100-year history of helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in the 24-county Gold Country Region, which includes Stanislaus County.
Though some individual chapters throughout the region existed before 1917, new chapters and existing Red Cross members around what has now become the Gold Country Region united in a single mission during this pivotal year to support World War I soldiers overseas and at home. It was in 1917 that robust action and strong leadership from Red Cross National Headquarters drew members together and the Red Cross as we know it was born in our area.
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. Through our key lines of service – Disaster Services, Health and Safety Preparedness, and Service to the Armed Forces – the Red Cross and its volunteers bring comfort and relief to victims and strive to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
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 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 components of the work.
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.
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, talent and compassion.
In 2017, we are honoring our past, celebrating the present, and building a strong future so we can continue to serve and expand our outreach in the Gold Country Region.
Local events include “100 Years of Heroes,” recognizing members of our community who have shown courage, dedication and character through extraordinary acts of heroism and kindness. These moving stories of courage and hope will come from fellow citizens who take the time to nominate someone who deserves recognition.
Gary Strong is the CEO Gold Country Region; email email@example.com or call 916 993-7070