Sleeves Up: Blood Donations and Volunteering During COVID-19

With much of the world in quarantine, the need for blood donors is higher than ever. In this webinar, CEO of Red Cross LA, Jarrett Barrios, spoke on the extra precautions his organization is taking to ensure donor safety, and how you can continue giving blood to ensure a stable supply for the uncertain weeks ahead.

Jarrett Barrios serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. Under his leadership, the Los Angeles Region has doubled its volunteer work in preparedness and disaster response in southern California, deepening its impact in some of southern California’s most vulnerable communities through Prepare LA, a part of southern California’s Prepare SoCal initiative. The Region’s innovative resiliency-building efforts have been recognized locally and nationally, including its impactful work to reduce home-fire deaths through the Sound the Alarm campaign.

For their leadership on developing disaster response and recovery systems after Hurricane Harvey to better serve Latino communities nationally, he and Red Cross Chicago CEO Celena Roldan received the Red Cross Humanitarian Services Diversity & Inclusion Award. Barrios is a member of the North American Humanitarian Response Initiative’s Underserved Population Thematic Working Group. Prior to Los Angeles, he was the CEO for the Massachusetts Red Cross, where he was awarded the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence for his leadership in the Boston Marathon bombing response.


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