ARCTAN sits on the Metropolitan Boston Red Cross College Club Council, which held its first meeting on February 11th, 2000. Together with representatives from Red Cross clubs at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern and Tufts, the Council is thought to be one of the largest in the country and collaborates regularly on citywide service projects.
In the fall of 2000, club president Aubin Dupree was invited to participate in ARC101, an exploratory meeting of Red Cross college club presidents from all over the country. Meeting at Duke University from October 13-15, the participants used ARCTAN's constitution as a model to help create a national standard for American Red Cross college clubs. The results of that meeting, national publications ARC 1280 (for Red Cross chapters) and ARC 1281 (for college students), also known as the "Campus Connections" series, were made available to Red Cross chapters and clubs nationwide.
Following the meeting, ARCTAN created a new, nationwide mailing list for college Red Cross clubs. The list, email@example.com
, was used by clubs all over the country to stay in touch and share ideas. Following demand, another list, redcrossers, was created for high school volunteers, and the lists were moved to Yahoo! groups. Those groups were the original inspiration for the web-based Youth Neighborhood community and the Red Cross Youth Wire mailing list that are now available to all Red Cross youth volunteers nationwide.
From 2001 to 2005, the club's primary focus was on disaster relief and blood donations, and ARCTAN became known for running the most active and effective college Disaster Action Team in the USA. In 2005 alone, ARCTAN disaster volunteers responded to 45 disaster incidents throughout the Boston area, assisting more than 334 people who had been displaced or affected as the result of a disaster. Aubin Dupree stepped down as club president in 2002, in order to mentor a successor and concentrate on his new role on the National Youth Council of the American Red Cross. Aubin continued to act as the disaster relief officer, and Sing Your Li (class of 2003) was elected club president in January, 2002. In high school, Sing Your had been a Red Cross volunteer with the Greater New York chapter, and had previous experience with disaster relief, fire safety education, and fundraising. Sing Your served as the ARCTAN food pantry officer prior to becoming president.