Thank you for your interest in serving your neighbors in San Diego and Imperial Counties as well as American Samoa. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Volunteers are invaluable to the daily operation of the American Red Cross and are truly the heart and soul of the organization. We look for enthusiastic people with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. We need passionate individuals who inspire others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community on a regular basis.
Volunteers are needed to provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as wildfires, power outages, earthquakes and more. Disaster volunteers can give on-going support or can be on-call to respond to incidents as they happen. Disaster Services volunteers include logistics, liaisons, shelter workers, Disaster Action Team members, caseworkers and more. Medical and mental health professionals use their skills to provide care for individuals affected by a disaster. Join this compassionate and active team of volunteers to make a difference!
Service to the Armed Forces Volunteers
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. The Red Cross has served more than 1 million military families since 9/11. Our Service to the Armed Forces volunteers provide home comforts and critical services on bases and in military hospitals around the world, support military families during deployments and emergencies, and serve our nation’s veterans after their service ends.
Blood Services Volunteers
Work to recruit blood donors, promote blood drives, transport blood products to local hospitals and more! Whether you are interested in working at a local blood drive or in an office setting, we have volunteer opportunities for you. When you volunteer with the American Red Cross, you become part of a group of people who truly make a difference in the lives of their fellow Americans and help people in serious medical need.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways to get involved with the Red Cross – volunteers are also appreciated in other local departments: Development (assist with fundraising events and activities), Communications (assist with media relations and video/written projects), Administration (assist with office tasks and organizational needs) and Volunteer Services (help recruit and screen new volunteers).
If you are looking to volunteer for the American Red Cross on a regular basis, please complete and submit the Adult Volunteer Application.
If you are between the ages of 13-17 years old and would like to become an American Red Cross Youth Volunteer, please complete and submit the Youth Volunteer Application.
After you submit your application, you will receive an email to activate your Red Cross Volunteer Connection account. From there, follow the New Volunteer Checklist provided on your account home page to register for orientation, update your profile, read and agree to Red Cross policies, initiate your background check and indicate your volunteering interest(s).
Our Volunteer Services team will work with you to refer you to the area best suited for your skills and interests. Depending on which volunteer path you choose with the American Red Cross, additional training is likely necessary.
Please note that the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties does not offer opportunities for individuals to fulfill court-mandated volunteer hours.