Monday, July 10, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Molly Mason

Kentucky native Mollie Mason was no stranger to volunteer work. While in the midst of the Civil War her mother taught her how to knit, and she remained a knitter up until her death. During an interview in 1917 with Elizabeth Hagan of the Ladies Home Journal, Mason claimed, "I've knitted my way through a lot of national crises since [the Civil War]." In attempts to keep soldiers warm with a little comfort from home, Mason joined forces with the Red Cross to knit cozy sweaters, numerous pairs of mittens and more.

In World War I (and still to this day) an important initiative to the Red Cross was knitting because it was something that was relatively easy to pick up and accessible to all ages. When Americans asked how they could help on the war effort on the home front the most common answer was "knit!" Thousands of citizens grabbed their knitting needles and made socks and sweaters to send to troops overseas.

"This was is going to end suddenly like the last one, but in the meantime I'm trying to keep our boys supplied with knitted things," Miss Mason said.

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer

Monday, July 3, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Jessica Evans

Being the institutional memory and organizer for the redeveloped Calloway County Community board, Jessica Evans is known as the organizational goddess. 

Jessica has spearheaded volunteer recognition on the community level. She works with Western Kentucky Chapter Executive Director, Evelyn Miller, in organizing new volunteer recruitment activities with Murray State University nonprofit fairs. She has worked with a Public Relations Class at the University to solicit a public relations and marketing plan for the community board and Western Kentucky Chapter. Jessica has also worked with board member John Wright to get two local government proclamations for Red Cross and the Home Fire Campaign program, which received local media attention. Thank you, Jessica!

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer

Monday, June 26, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Cindy Thompson

With over 2300 volunteer hours in the last fiscal year, Cindy Thompson is a dynamic part of the Red Cross and the surrounding communities of the Paducah Area. Despite having a full time job, Cindy serves on the Kentucky Region Volunteer Steering Committee and the Paducah Community Board. Cindy is also in Disaster Cycle Services as a Disaster Workforce Management Team member. Cindy is a Disaster Action Team Lead, and a DPS Volunteer Counterpart. Cindy continues to help faithfully guide and support The Paducah Community Board, and the mission of the Red Cross. For her service, we are forever grateful.

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer

Monday, June 19, 2017

#MyStoryMonday: Debbie Ranier


Debbie Ranier is the poster of continued growth and success at the Eastern Kentucky Chapter. Debbie’s willingness to help shows with every event or any situation she takes on. 

Debbie has supported the Red Cross in many roles with grace and expertise including: Community Volunteer Lead, Board Member, Events Committee Member, Communications Support and Disaster Services. Debbie is a strong advocate for those we serve, donors and volunteers.  Debbie is considered the epitome of a strong working board member and a stellar volunteer. Thank you, Debbie!

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer

Monday, June 12, 2017

93 Year Old Volunteer Walks in 12th Annual Run for the Red


On Saturday May 13th, the Services to Armed Forces branch located inside Fort Knox hosted a 5k/10k walk/run in honor of their 12th annual Run for The Red. Out of the 900 people who participated, one that stood out was Nebraska native and 3 year Red Cross volunteer, Evalyn Tenopir.


This will be Evalyn’s third 5k since turning 90. Now at the age of 93, with her walker in hand, Evalyn states she has, “always enjoyed walking and being active outdoors.” With her most recent 5k being Run for The Red, she mentioned she completed it alongside her daughter, daughter’s husband, and a few family friends. When asked if she would be walking more 5k walks in the future, she ended with “I didn’t see myself doing a 5k period, so we will see!”

If you would like to find out more about joining the Red Cross as a volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer