Ways to Volunteer

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Sleeves Up. Hearts Open. All In.

If you’re passionate about helping people and looking for a volunteer career with a visionary humanitarian organization, you can make a difference with the American Red Cross. Red Cross values provide the foundation for the high standards to which we hold ourselves in our daily interactions with those inside and outside the organization.
We are:
  • Compassionate. We are dedicated to improving the lives of those we serve and to treating each other with care and respect.
  • Collaborative. We work together as One Red Cross family, in partnership with other organizations, and embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Creative. We seek new ideas, are open to change and always look for better ways to serve those in need.
  • Credible. We act with integrity, are transparent guardians of the public trust and honor our promises.
  • Committed. We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives, delivering on our mission and being careful stewards our donor dollars.
Red Cross volunteers are ordinary individuals who are empowered to do extraordinary things.

What do Red Cross Volunteers do?

We recruit for volunteers based on openings for specific positions. Please sign in to Volunteer Connection to view current opportunities; if you are new to the Red Cross, get started by filling out our Volunteer Application.

Take the first step to becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region, below are just some of the ways you can get involved:

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Disaster Response

Red Cross volunteers are the first to the scene of a disaster and provide immediate relief assistance, such as shelter, food, and clothing, to people displaced as a result of a disaster. Our volunteers also train incoming volunteers to ensure that the Red Cross has some of the most highly qualified, well-prepared volunteers in the emergency response realm. Help people affected by disasters raging from home fires to floods by providing food, shelter, essential relief supplies, comfort and hope.

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Preparedness Education

We rely on volunteers to prepare our citizens for disasters large & small. Using a grassroots approach, we put boots on the ground to talk to businesses, schools & organizations to help put them on the path to preparedness. Volunteers work with youth to instill a mindset of preparedness, thereby ensuring that preparedness and self-reliance will be part of our culture for generations to come.

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Services to the Armed Forces (SAF)

For more than 100 years, the Red Cross has supported our men and women serving in the military, as well as their families. Today, our volunteers help members of the military through pre-deployment briefings, emergency communication, support accessing financial services and more.

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Health and Safety Training

Teach vital lifesaving skills such as those in first aid/ CPR/ AED, babysitting, water safety, and pet first aid courses.

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International and Humanitarian Services

Coordinate fundraising for measles vaccines, educate youth about Geneva Conventions, and provide international tracing and messaging for loved ones separated by armed conflict.

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Public Relations and Development

Do you have a background or strong interest in media relations or fundraising? If so, consider assisting our communications and development teams in promoting Red Cross services. Communications opportunities include serving as a public affairs representative, photojournalist, and social media ambassador. Development opportunities include grant writing, event coordination, project management and donor acknowledgment activities. Make it financially possible for the Red Cross to deliver its lifesaving services. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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Office and Business Support

Behind-the-scenes volunteers help the Red Cross fulfill its mission while being a good steward of donated dollars. These unsung heroes assist with data entry, phone calls, volunteer recruitment, communications, administrative support and business development efforts.

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Voluntarios bilingües

Hoy más que nunca, hacen falta voluntarios bilingües para trabajar con la comunidad hispana. Específicamente, se necesita voluntarios para:

  • Ayudar en la oficina y interpretar para quienes no hablan inglés.
  • Responder a desastres.
  • Dar clases de salud y seguridad (RCP, Primeros Auxilios), traducir materiales y asistir en eventos para la preparación comunitaria.
  • Asistir a los medios de comunicación de habla hispana.

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    Medical Volunteer

    Volunteers with medical training help staff first aid stations throughout the area during special events, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events, etc. This position requires current Red Cross Emergency Response certification or an EMT, RN, LVN or MD license. The Red Cross will provide additional training for certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer or AED essentials. Time commitment varies depending on frequency and duration of events.