Stand with our service members

Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year – and not just because it heralds the beginning of summer. This day brings us together for a reason we can all stand behind: honoring the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.

Our military heroes put their lives at risk every day to protect our freedom and safety, and every safe homecoming is a reason to give thanks. But for veterans and their families, the joy of homecoming is often followed by a difficult transition period as they adjust to changes, reestablish bonds and cope with reintegration into civilian life.

This Memorial Day, you can honor our veterans and service members by sponsoring Reconnection Workshops to help service members, veterans and their families reengage in civilian life.

  • $68 provides a Reconnection Workshop for 1 participant.
  • $136 provides a Reconnection Workshop for 2 participants.
  • $272 provides a Reconnection Workshop for 4 participants.
  • $680 provides a Reconnection Workshop for 10 participants.

Give now to make a meaningful difference.

The Red Cross is proud to offer Reconnection Workshops to service members, veterans and their families, including children and teens, to help ease the transition home and build communication and coping skills. It’s only because of the support of people like you that we are able to keep these workshops 100 percent free to those impacted by military deployment.

Sponsor a Reconnection Workshop today to help keep this life-changing program going strong for our service members.

Your gift will help returning service members get the support they need to live full, connected lives. You’ll also be helping to send the powerful message that we stand with our military families not only during deployment, but also during the days and months following their return home.

Thank you for everything you do for our military heroes, this Memorial Day and every day.

Disaster Institute – Last Day to Register!

A reminder-Today is the absolute last day to register for our yearly training Institute.

The American Red Cross Gold Country Region will host a premiere training opportunity to learn life-changing leadership skills. The Fired Up! Disaster Training Institute offers training that emphasizes management skills as well as fundamentals related to disaster response. Last year, we had more than 200 people signed up, this year; we’d like to double that number which will help us build more capacity to help our communities.

Red Cross volunteers, employees, and representatives from partner organizations are invited to attend the second annual Disaster Training Institute of the Gold Country Region. During this four-day training event from Thursday to Sunday, you will have an opportunity to catch up on your disaster training, learn new courses and most importantly, get to know fellow Red Crossers from our region and the Pacific Division.

We will be hosting more than 60 classes including Disaster Assessment Fundamentals, Disaster Public Affairs for National Relief Operations, Feeding Fundamentals, ERV: Ready, Set, Roll, Partnering with Public Health, Shelter management and Born on the Battlefield, among many other exciting courses.

For more information, visit the event on our website here.

Cost: $45 Overnighter / $25 Commuter

#BigDog2016 – May the Fourth Be With YOU!

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Dear Friend:

Although the breakdown of the Big Day of Giving system was frustrating and disappointing, we have two bits of good news to share:

First, Big Day of Giving has been EXTENDED – gifts made to a Red Cross donation page will count until 3:00 today!

Second, any gifts made to the link below will be MATCHED!


Hold onto your lightsabers – we have some exciting news from Star Wars: Force for Change!

Visit today to have your gift matched! Plus, every $10 donation is a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael, the location of the dramatic final scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

So let the Fourth be with You – donate today and help Red Cross volunteers fulfill their commitment to always be there for those who have such great needs!

Gary Strong, CEO