American Red Cross and Menlo College Keep Close Ties

American Red Cross and Menlo College Keep Close Ties

Menlo College alumnus Hanna Malak ‘12 accepted a new position in the development department for the American Red Cross in San Francisco. He is working with the Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD), designed to enhance leadership capacity. LEAD supports employees to develop their knowledge, skills, and experiences to excel in any area of the organization. Part of Malak’s duties will be working with local organizations to ensure that the Red Cross has the resources needed to execute their humanitarian mission.

Malak has been a committed supporter of the Red Cross for many years. Under his leadership, Menlo College’s Red Cross Club nearly tripled blood donations. Malak was also on the American Red Cross National Youth Council, and he was selected for the 2010-11 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) American Red Cross Leadership Program.

Menlo College’s collaboration with the Red Cross has continued with student volunteers Carolina Velez ‘18 and Matthew Manning ’17.

In 2017, Women’s Soccer player Carolina Velez will be representing Menlo College in the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. This prestigious program is open to all NAIA student-athletes around the country, and offers a $2,000 scholarship.

The Red Cross and the NAIA are working together to inspire a diverse Red Cross volunteer leadership by exemplifying the values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program. The program allows student-athletes to give back to the school and community by becoming Red Cross ambassadors recruiting blood donors on their college campus.

Velez said, “Keith Lambert (former Women’s Soccer Head Coach and current Men’s Soccer Head Coach) reached out to me thinking I would excel if I was accepted into the program, so I applied,” Velez stated. “I am extremely excited to represent Menlo College in Washington, D.C., and I can only imagine how much I will learn these next two years.” After completion of the program in D.C. this summer, Carolina will lead the blood drives on campus next year.

Matt Manning ‘17, Senior Class President, has volunteered to coordinate the blood drives at Menlo College this year. “Our blood drive was a great success, and we absolutely smashed our goal of collecting 27 units of blood, ending the drive with 37 units. The energy and passion that donors bring to drives is contagious and truly makes my job easy.”

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. They depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support lifesaving services and programs.