Portland, June 19th. Supporters raised their glasses to salute the American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter at its annual membership meeting. The event included a celebration of key Red Cross partners and volunteers. Cassy Martin from Fred Meyer, John Prescott, incoming chair of American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter, and Judy Robinson from Fred Meyer joined in the festivities. (Photo Credit, Andie Petkus)
Leading up to the event, which recapped the year’s accomplishments, Oregon Trail Chapter leadership sought to recognize local businesses that support the mission of Red Cross through direct philanthropy, training employees how to save a life, allowing employees to volunteer and encouraging individual preparedness by sponsoring blood drives.
“This full-circle support – training, volunteerism, philanthropy and blood donations – is a 360 degree partnership and one to which only a handful of companies in metropolitan Portland have committed. We are very grateful.” said Maree Wacker, chapter CEO.
For more than 90 years, thousands of Oregon Trail Chapter volunteers have provided disaster relief, blood and blood products, health education and services to military families in Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties. Our chapter responsibilities now include Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa and Baker Counties.
We count on the generosity of our donors and the commitment of our volunteers to ensure our history continues well into the future. Clara Barton once said, “It is not in its past that the glories of the Red Cross lie, but in the possibilities it has created for the future.”