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Click here to access the Adult Volunteer Application

Committed and compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Iowa Region. As a volunteer, you play a vital role in fulfilling the Red Cross mission to strengthen our communities.

When you join the American Red Cross, you’ll join a worldwide movement dedicated to providing relief to victims of disaster. Whether you’re in career transition, a student looking for experience, work full-time, retired, or have a few extra hours, you too can make a difference and save lives.

How do I get started?

Get started now by filling out the online General Adult Volunteer Application! Complete the “Next Steps for Prospective Volunteers” checklist on Volunteer Connection. You will only need to complete steps in blue and it can be done in any order. Click on each link and follow the instructions to complete each step.


Sign up for a Prospective Volunteer Boot Camp (orientation) through Volunteer Connection, where you’ll meet other prospective volunteers and get your questions answered.

Driven by our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, the Iowa Region strives to have all Red Cross Volunteers qualify to be Disaster Responders, so in the event of a local disaster we can easily mobilize volunteers who wish to engage in response and relief efforts.

During the Prospective Volunteer Boot Camp you will receive an overview of your local Red Cross and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, you will receive basic training to get started as a Disaster Responder including Disaster Services: An Overview and Disaster Action Team Orientation.


Complete a background check, and indicate your initial areas of interest.

Please Note: Prospective volunteers will have 60 days to complete the prospective volunteer steps before their application is inactivated.

Once your application and background check are received, you will be contacted by a volunteer manager to discuss next steps. If you have questions or want more information, please contact the volunteer manager in your area.

  • Central Iowa - Julie Struck (515) 243-7681
  • South and Eastern Iowa - Shana Beal (319) 393-3500
  • North, West and Northeast Iowa - Ramona Lindholm (563) 564-4565
  • Thank you for your interest in joining the Red Cross team!