OUR STORY

Since 2009, American Red Cross Club at UCI (RCC) has striven to improve the lives of those in Southern California and around the world. Through our four main principles of service, leadership, fellowship, and compassion, we empower our members to follow our motto of "Community at Your Service."

BECOME A MEMBER

Becoming a general member of American Red Cross Club at UCI is simple. We do not require a membership fee or an application; all we ask for is your interest and dedication to serving the community.

JANUARY MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS

Paola is a 3rd year Biological Sciences Major, and is a member of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch family. Here are a few words she shared about her RCC experience:

“I decided to join the American Red Cross Club at UCI because I wanted to be more involved and have the opportunity to give back to my community! Everyone in RCC is always so welcoming and have made my experiences within the club extremely memorable! It is a privilege to be a part of an organization that is able to make a huge impact on people's lives and truly address the ongoing disparities that oftentimes go unseen.

What I enjoy the most about volunteering is getting to meet new people and building connections with the communities that we serve. It is so rewarding to know that I have made a difference in someone's life and have made them feel supported!

My favorite RCC volunteering event so far is Sound the Alarm! We went around a neighborhood installing free fire alarms for residents in Santa Ana. At the time of the event, I learned that only 17% of the neighborhood had fire alarms and 5% were not functioning. This was such an eye-opening experience for me and I hope to participate in this event in the future to continue helping my community!

I am currently a part of SHIP (Student Healthcare In Practice) at UCI and I work at Yogurtland! I LOVE oatmeal raisin cookies (who else bc they are always getting hated on :'( ) and my favorite artist is Harry Styles <33.”
Brian is a 1st year Biological Sciences Major, and is a member of the Rice Krispies family. Here are a few words he shared about his RCC experience:

“I decided to join the Red Cross Club here at UCI because of my previous experiences volunteering with the Red Cross. In the past, I have been able to help install smoke alarms and assist people during blood drives. I hope to continue my journey because of my passion to give back to my community.

My favorite part of volunteering is meeting other people and hearing their stories because they inspire me to continue my hard work and it motivates me to be more outgoing.

My favorite volunteering event is still helping to install smoke detectors in my community because of the hands on experience, but I have also really liked advocating for the Corazón de Vida campaigns that raise money for orphaned children. It is important to me because it will make a difference for people in need.

In my spare time, I like to play tennis or badminton with my friends. Hopefully, I will be able to do it more once the pandemic is over.”
Jaqueline is a 2nd year Biological Sciences Major, and is a member of the Cap’n Crunch family. Here are a few words she shared about her RCC experience:

“I decided to join the Red Cross Club because I enjoy volunteering and interacting with the community knowing that I can be of some help in making a beneficial change. I also joined in hopes of meeting new people that share a common interest during the community events.

[What] I enjoy the most about volunteering is interacting with the other members as we crack jokes in the chat as we talk, laugh, and chill. Also, knowing that I can help the community in some form is really the best, even more so with others!

My favorite event was Western Shield Camera Watch because that event had so many hilarious images of animals doing wacky things like fighting and chillin like Kangaroo Jack. This event was so open and had plenty of good laughs as we discussed various small topics and jokes.

In my spare time I really love to draw and paint! It is something that I have been doing since middle school and it is such a stress reliever on the weekends or whenever I have any spare time to doodle or do more adventurous pieces while testing out new media.”
Nishanth is a 1st year Public Health Sciences Major, and is a member of the Froot Loops family. Here are a few words he shared about his RCC experience:

“I did ARC in high school and so I wanted to continue it at UCI as well. ARC is a fun helping environment that cares for the safety of people. I like helping out organizations that help societies medically and so I joined ARC.

The satisfying feeling that I get when my volunteering has paid off to a good start is what I really enjoy about volunteering itself because it makes your hard work feel complete.

My favorite RCC volunteering event was the Disk Detective because I found two images of stars clustered together, in which one looked like an "alien" and another looked like "Godzilla," and we had fun time comparing them.

A fun fact about me is that I have an extra thumb on my right hand that is curved at a good 90 degrees and gives me the advantage to beat people at a thumb war.”

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