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The Red Cross is able to help people every day in the Gold Country Region thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer staff who do 96% of the work.

If you are new to the Red Cross, thank you for your interest! We recruit for volunteers based on openings for specific positions and we aim to match your skills and experience with the best fit from our wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

To become a Red Cross volunteer please fill out a volunteer application. Once you have filled out an application, you will be able to complete an online volunteer orientation, browse volunteer opportunities and get connected with additional training opportunities to help you fulfill the Red Cross volunteer position(s) for which you are qualified.

Red Cross Seeks Local Volunteers

Ask the average person about the American Red Cross and chances are they will mention disasters like forest fires and floods. But the majority of the disasters the American Red Cross here in San Joaquin County respond to are single-family house fires, which affect families locally. Since January 1st, Red Cross Volunteers have responded 23 times to assist families (90 adults and 26 children) that were devastated by a house fire. During this same time period last year, Volunteers responded 18 times to assist 50 adults and 44 children. The average response time in 2016 during this period was 2 hours & 32 minutes. So far this year, the average response time is 2 hours & 19 minutes.

At the scene of a house/apartment fire, Red Cross volunteers work side-by-side with firefighters and other emergency personnel to ensure victims are given immediate relief. Immediate relief means getting these victims what they need most without waiting a day or more -- food, lodging, clothing, medication replacement, and mental health counseling. In the days following a disaster, the Red Cross continues to work with families while they find ways to rebuild their lives.

The Red Cross is made up of a workforce that is 96% volunteer based and needs more volunteers to join the Disaster Action Team (DAT) here in San Joaquin County. “Our goal is to have enough teams of volunteers in San Joaquin so that when a disaster strikes (large or small) the Red Cross can be ready and arrive on scene within 1 hour,” said Eric Goossens, Disaster Program Manager for San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties.

Free upcoming training, both online and classroom, will train volunteers to:

  • Respond to disaster calls, large and small, appropriately when on call.
  • Perform disaster assessments.
  • Assist in opening, operating and closing a shelter.
  • Provide Red Cross services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or handicap.
  • Upon successful completion of approximately 3.5 hours of free DAT training, volunteers will then be able to respond with other local Red Cross Volunteers to disasters and house fires in San Joaquin County and elsewhere. Additional free training is offered all volunteers to improve those basic skills and learn others.

    On Friday, 5 May from 6:00P to about 7:30P the American Red Cross will be hosting a general interest meeting at the Lodi Police Department Community Room (215 W. Elm Street) to answer any questions regarding this and other valuable & local programs of the American Red Cross. To attend or for more information, please contact Eric Goossens at 209-523-6502 or at eric.goossens@redcross.org.

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