For Oregon Evacuees, the Smile Behind the Mask is Magic

September 17, 2020

Story and Photos by Axl David / Red Cross Cascades Region Amid the smoky air surrounding the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon, volunteer Michael Watkins seemed unfazed. For nearly a week, […]

When Oregon Wildfires Devastated My State, Six Words Changed Me Forever

September 16, 2020

Story and photos by Tami Aalto / Red Cross Cascades Region I am a disaster relief worker. Those are six words I never thought I would say.  I have worked with […]

New Volunteers Help Red Cross Build Wildfire Cleanup Kits, for Those Impacted by Wildfires

September 15, 2020

Story and photos by Lynette Nyman / Red Cross Cascades Region After damaging and historic wildfires swept through Oregon, starting on Labor Day 2020, many friends and neighbors of those […]

Red Cross Aids Hundreds of Oregonians Forced to Flee Wildfires

September 13, 2020

Story by Patricia Griffiths / Red Cross Cascades “I’m standing in smoky ash-filled air in Salem now, and it’s difficult to breathe even with a mask,” said Chad Carter, Red […]

Red Crosser Proud to Put Her “Boots on the Ground” in South Texas

August 27, 2020

Story by Harriet Vanderbilt / Red Cross Cascades When Katelyn Dzialowy was asked if she wanted to deploy to Texas to support those impacted by a recent hurricane, she jumped […]

As a Red Cross Volunteer, My Reason for Donating Blood Hits Close to Home

August 19, 2020

Story by Hannah C. Wood / Red Cross Cascades I’ve volunteered for the Red Cross for the past four years in different capacities. Often, I write about other long-time blood […]

With 50 Years of Volunteer Service with the Red Cross, Ed Epley Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

August 12, 2020

Story by Julia Green / Red Cross Cascades Region Ed Epley’s voice was warm and welcoming on the phone. “You want to interview me?” he asked. “Well, what do you […]

Community Volunteer Leader Finding Excitement and Opportunity in New Role

August 4, 2020

Story by Ali Hargrave / Red Cross Cascades With 3,400 volunteers providing lodging following a disaster, first aid training, staffing blood donation centers, and other numerous services, the Red Cross […]

Red Cross Cascades Region looking for local volunteers due to COVID-19 as wildfire season looms

July 10, 2020

Story by American Red Cross Experts say the Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire season this summer and the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help in […]

Annual Disaster Academy Goes Virtual Due to COVID-19

May 27, 2020

Story by Hannah C. Wood / Red Cross Cascades The Cascades Region Disaster Academy takes place every May and typically, the academy would be an in-person event at Willamette University and is […]