As National Volunteer Week begins, Red Cross honors those who have given time

The Northwest Washington Region of the American Red Cross is honoring its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, held from April 15-21.

“The Red Cross has the most amazing volunteers,” Chuck Morrison, CEO of the Northwest Washington Regional Office in Everett, said in an April 13 press release. “In our region, volunteers respond to every home and apartment fire, offering shelter and support to families in their darkest hour.”

In Whatcom County, 458 volunteers with the Mount Baker Chapter of the Red Cross donated 97,488 hours of their time to fulfill projects with the nonprofit agency.

This month, the organization is recognizing late Whatcom County resident Olga Marie Hawkins for her lifelong dedication to the Red Cross.

Hawkins, who passed away in 1964, began volunteering during World War I and continued through the Korean War. She was the chair of the Whatcom County Red Cross during World War II.

Hawkins is also being inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame.

For more information on how to volunteer with the Mount Baker Chapter, call Linda Giles at 360-733-3290, ext. 1015, or email her at

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