The Red Cross welcomes groups of all sizes to volunteer and support the services we provide our local communities. Religious groups, civic clubs, organizations and businesses alike can mobilize their members and employees to demonstrate their commitment to disaster response, preparedness education and community resiliency to inform, educate and save lives.
If your organization or corporation already partners with the Red Cross, please speak with your Red Cross relationship manager or your local Red Cross about your volunteerism needs.
If you’re new to the Red Cross and would like to know how to get your group involved, here are some of the many opportunities for groups:
Even though home fires are our most common disaster threat, too many homes do not have a smoke alarm installed, and a majority of fire deaths occur in these homes. Volunteers will get the opportunity to go door-to-door to speak with residents about the importance of smoke alarms and advertise the free smoke alarm installation service. By delivering Red Cross fire safety information directly to area homes, your employees help local neighborhoods empower themselves to be better prepared.
- Employees visit those communities that are most vulnerable to home fires.
- Canvassing is a half-day engagement.
- You can also respond to scheduled installation appointments.
- Fire safety materials can be provided to employees to keep in the workplace.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and generous blood donors are the only source. When you sponsor an on-site blood drive, you provide your employees with that irreplaceable sense that they are helping save lives.
- Host a drive at your facility or in a bloodmobile.
- An employee can make a blood donation in just one hour.
- Extend an invitation to host a blood drive to your customers, vendors or group members.
We all know that CPR saves lives, but did you know that CPR has been made simpler? With the new Citizen CPR technique, you only use your hands. No mouth-to-mouth contact is involved. For employees like yours, learning this new technique provides a high-energy activity that makes everyone in your workplace and community safer.
- A CPR training session can be hosted on-site or off.
- CPR training takes as little as 30 minutes.
- Key employees can be trained as recognized Citizen CPR trainers for your company.
Did you know the Red Cross responds to nearly 190 disasters each day and has helped vaccinate more than 1 billion people worldwide with our partners? Host a Lunch & Learn event to learn more about the work the Red Cross does in your community, across the nation and around the world.
- Presentations can be customized to meet specific employee interests.
- Presentations can be made during the lunch hour or at appropriate shift-change times.
- Presentations usually last 20 to 45 minutes, with time for Q&A.
Disasters can strike at any time. Red Cross Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.
- The program can be completed on any personal computer or on most mobile devices.
- The self-paced program can be completed in as little as 20 minutes.
- This interactive game makes preparing easy and fun.
Like most Americans, your employees turn to the Red Cross when they want to help. Why not support their enthusiasm for our mission by collecting funds for the Red Cross? With co-branded, turn-key materials and customized online giving portals, it’s easy to feature us in your annual campaign or to accept donations following a disaster.
- Donations can be accepted online through a co-branded microsite.
- Local Red Cross representatives can attend an employee function to discuss how local donations are put to work.
Comfort Kit Stuffing:
Following a busy year of disaster relief operations, our supply of comfort kits for those displaced by disaster is heavily depleted. Your employees will be able to put together our new supply of basic needs items that will help families affected by disaster.
Preparedness and First Aid Kit Builds
Disasters can strike suddenly, anytime and anywhere, but having a preparedness kit and first aid kits ready is one of the simplest ways to ensure you have the necessary items if a disaster does occur. By hosting a Preparedness Kit or First Aid Kit Build, your employees can build their own kits, and better prepare themselves, your workplace and the community.
- A preparedness or first aid kit build can be hosted on-site or at your local Red Cross.
- Kits can be customized to meet specific disaster preparedness needs.
- Employees can build these kits and donate them to vulnerable communities.
Get involved by hosting or volunteering at a Red Cross event. The local Red Cross puts on a variety of events throughout the year, and we need volunteers like your enthusiastic employees to help us. You can even host a Red Cross event at your company to engage your employees and the community.
- Local events can be scheduled or developed based on your company’s interests.
- Employee volunteers can be utilized before, during and after events.
- Pre-training can be scheduled at your location (if necessary).
Your employees will have the opportunity to write holiday letters to our soldiers overseas or write “Thank you” notes to our veterans at VA Hospitals.
These opportunities include Business Council meetings, Red Cross special events, training institutes, disaster response, Centennial events and many other services.