George Day says volunteering for the American Red Cross is a win-win situation – it gives him the opportunity to help others while keeping himself busy. A 23-year volunteer, he wears many hats at his local chapter, the Silicon Valley Chapter in San Jose, CA.
George Day has been a Red Cross volunteer for 23 years.
George has been involved with many Red Cross tasks, roles and programs over the years, including data entry, fundraising, public relations, disaster assessment and response, serving as the Disaster Action Team (DAT) captain, and delivering blood to hospitals.
His involvement with the American Red Cross began in 1985, when he was the Public Affairs Manager for Chevron in Anchorage, Alaska. He handled Chevron's donations to the Red Cross. After retiring from Chevron, George joined the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in Anchorage. He has fond memories of doing fundraising and rallying support for the Anchorage Chapter. He served as DAT captain, his first DAT response taking place in the St. Lawrence Islands in the Bering Sea. A fire at one of the power plants spread to local homes. It was a rewarding experience for him to work with the native people to get their lives back on track.
Other memorable Red Cross moments for George include conducting damage assessment on two disasters - the huge flood in Missouri in the 1980's and the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, and working with blood services to deliver blood to local hospitals.
His current contributions include, but are not limited to, maintaining the volunteer database, tracking volunteer hours, supporting the Facilities and IT departments with special projects, and carving badges and name plates. The Silicon Valley Chapter was formed with the merger of the Santa Clara Valley and Palo Alto Area Chapters. Thanks to George, Santa Clara Valley Chapter volunteers are recognized for the cumulative number of hours they've contributed. In 1990, George decided that it was time to start tracking volunteer hours. George, and his longtime friend and fellow volunteer cube mate, Bill Fischer, are also responsible for creating the first American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter website.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.