The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Lowell Red Cross aims to help to build each and every one of our members' current and future successes by establishing a passion for volunteer work, a network for the sharing of knowledge, and an environment for building leadership skills and developing everlasting friendships.
What We Do
Red Cross. An international humanitarian organization well known to assist those in need. Lowell Red Cross. A volunteer organization and more, geared specifically towards high school students just like you and me. It's a given that we volunteer around the community, inclusive of marathons, festivals, food banks and more. However, there is so much beyond volunteering. Behind the volunteer work lies a passion to make a positive change in the very community we live in. On top of helping out our community whenever possible, we also host our own events in support of the American Red Cross's seven fundamental principles - humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Here at the Lowell Red Cross, we host our own events such as blood drives, CPR events, fundraisers and gift wrapping. The money we raise goes to natural disasters worldwide.
In the 2017-2018 school year, LRC helped to raise around $1500.00 for Hurricane Harvey through donations collected from Lowell students in a school-wide registry competition. Our 150 members helped make over 300 cards thanking veterans and blood donors. Officers are constantly researching and striving to find as many events as possible to accommodate our members. In fact, we took part in at least 50 volunteer events during the school year! Some other events we hold include Christmas gift wrapping, handing out carnations to veterans at local hospitals, bi-annual blood drives, and Measles and Rubella (where we vaccinate children in Africa). Still not convinced? At the end of the school year, we had a "beach clean-up." (Officers bought In N Out burgers and much more food, and basically had a party on the beach!)
So come join Lowell Red Cross if you want to make a positive difference around the world, regardless of how big or small. Join if you're interested in the medical field, want to gain leadership opportunities, become CPR certified, learn more about the Red Cross, get your volunteer hours, or just finding a place to connect with others who may have similar interests!
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We send out emails to let you guys know when the next meeting is, what the meeting was about, links to sign up for volunteer events, and reminders of what to bring for specific volunteer events. If you wish to opt out at any time, you may email us and we will take you off. Thank you for your interest in our club, hope to see you soon!
From top to bottom, left to right: Douglas Chu, Harriet Guan, Warren Quan, Celina Ye, Emily Chan, Sian Hong, Kylie Wong
President: Emily Chan Vice President: Sian Hong Co-Secretary: Celina Ye Co-Secretary: Douglas Chu Treasurer: Harriet Guan Public Relations: Warren Quan Historian: Kylie Wong
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you even do?
school blood drives
volunteer events (food bank, marathons, etc.)
thank you cards to blood donors & veterans
biweekly meetings w/ kahoot, icebreakers, food and prizes
gift wrapping events
cpr certification lessons
international and local red cross events (carnations for veterans, measles & rubella, etc)
many more fun events!
How much commitment/dedication do I have to put in? As much as you want! These are your personal volunteer hours, although thirty hours is what we require to become an official "member" and gain more benefits. Plus, these hours are logged into the American Red Cross volunteer system, Volunteer Connection! You can get national awards, feel good about yourself, and get those hours for college apps!
How do you track how many events we go to? In the beginning of the year, you will be given a timesheet which you write down all events you go to on. The officer in charge of that event will sign off in the corresponding section. Many of our members keep their timesheets in their wallet so they don't forget it. At the end of the year (or semester) we will collect it and input it into our database. You may also log these hours online into Volunteer Connection, the official Red Cross volunteer page.
What is offered?
Leadership positions We officers will graduate in less than one or two years, so every year multiple positions will be available for you to step into. In order to provide better services for current and future members of the Red Cross club, many challenges will be faced to uphold the club’s mission. You will be able to overcome many of these challenges, and not be successful for some of them. Either, however, will benefit your leadership skills greatly. If successful, you will help uphold Red Cross’s mission and lead this club throughout the school year. If you are not successful on your first try, no worries, you will gain the opportunity to self-reflect and figure how to handle these challenges better. There is also the Youth Executive Board (YEB), which we have often directed our members to, and whom have successfully become officers. YEB is a direct link between the American Red Cross and the Bay Area Chapter's Red Cross clubs. In the summer, there is a Leadership Development Conference (a fun and interactive camp for high schoolers), in which you can volunteer as staff or improve many skills and develop new leadership traits.
There are many more opportunities for you to exercise leadership within the vast Red Cross organization. During the summer, American Red Cross Bay Area operates the Leadership Development Conference and the Summer Internship Program; during the year, sometimes there are opportunities to intern under a Red Cross executive, join the youth Disaster Action Team, and become a professional First Aid/CPR instructor for the general public. There are even more opportunities once you become an officer. Some opportunities include being a part of the Youth Executive Board, and although rare but has been achieved recently, being a part of the National Youth Council. Of course, Red Cross will continue to have opportunities for you throughout the decades of your post-graduation life.
Volunteering/Fundraising Opportunities Throughout the school year, we partner with several local organizations, such as the San Francisco Food Bank, which uphold missions similar to that of Red Cross – to prevent and alleviate human suffering. Through these events, you can elevate your passion for assistance to your community, meet new friends and bond with old friends, and gain new perspectives.
During the school year, we hold campaigns to continue to prevent and alleviate human suffering. These campaigns include the Measles Initiative that raises awareness and fundraise for the measles vaccine, and the semiannual Blood Drives that encourage donations and oversee the actual donation process. Even though the Lowell Red Cross club is a small chapter in this world, we make a lasting difference on both local and international levels.
Free First Aid/CPR/Preparedness Courses Several times during the school year, we officers will provide many opportunities for you to become CPR certified (certificiate and all) along with many more Red Cross organized events like Fire Disaster Preparedness and Raid Cross. If there are enough people, we may even bring these lessons straight to Lowell!
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We hope to provide every resource possible to assist you toward college and future success, and vow to constantly acquire more resources and feedbacks to enhance our performance as leaders in this club.
We very much advocate for you to explore beyond Red Cross. We can provide you with many opportunities, but there is still a limit. If one day you tell us that there is a higher quality opportunity for you to participate in, and it requires you to step away from Red Cross, we will be as happy as you are toward your decision.
If you have any questions or would like to subscribe to our email list, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or dm us on Instagram at @lowellredcross. Thank you for your interest!