People know they can rely on the American Red Cross to be there for them when disaster strikes. We meet their immediate emergency needs for food, clothing, shelter, emotional support and medical services with the help of trained volunteers—people like you—who fill a variety of specific roles. New volunteers are always needed. Specialized opportunities exist for licensed mental health professionals, nurses and other health professionals. Volunteer hours are flexible.
Disaster volunteer training is offered year-round and is free to participants. Once trained, you can volunteer locally to assist the hundreds of families affected each year by fires and other disasters that strike our community. After receiving the requisite training and experience, you can also become part of a large network of Red Cross volunteers, which responds to disasters and emergencies nationwide.
Training is available in shelter management, feeding operations, client casework, driving emergency vehicles, working with other emergency response agencies to coordinate relief efforts, keeping records, recruiting staff and setting up technological equipment for relief operations.
Learn how you can become a local disaster volunteer (please note that you must become a registered Red Cross volunteer before you can take any Disaster Training classes).