Frequently Asked Questions

  • Minnesota Red Cross, Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

What types of volunteer opportunities are available at the American Red Cross?

At the Red Cross we engage volunteers in a wide variety of activities. Some volunteers assist with disaster responses on a local or national level, while others teach CPR or First Aid courses. We also engage volunteers in blood drives, preparedness activities, services to the Armed Forces, financial development and facilities. Whether you enjoy working with people or being behind the scenes, the Red Cross has a volunteer opportunity for you. View a sample list of volunteer opportunities here.

How do I become a volunteer?

The first step to becoming a Red Cross volunteer – no matter what position you’re pursuing – is to apply using our online application. The initial application will only take a few minutes. When you’ve completed it, you’ll receive an email with access information to our volunteer management system, Volunteer Connection. Log on to complete a few additional steps, including viewing an online orientation, agreeing to Red Cross policies, and initiating a background check.

I’m a youth under 18. Are there opportunities for me to volunteer with the Red Cross?

Absolutely! We have a number of opportunities for both groups of youth and individuals. Visit our Youth Volunteer page to learn more and get started!

What is the time commitment required to volunteer?

Time commitment varies greatly based on the volunteer position. Some opportunities require only a few hours a month, while others can be much more intensive. You’ll learn about time commitments as you complete the volunteer application process.

I’m interested in disaster response work. Is there an opportunity to volunteer nationally?

Yes, although you must first have experience with disaster response as a local Red Cross volunteer. Get started today by completing a volunteer application!

Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations outside of the United States?

Typically, there are very few volunteers deployed internationally, and they are specially trained to manage international emergency operations. Please consider supporting your community’s local needs with the American Red Cross Minnesota Region.

I live over an hour from the nearest Red Cross chapter office. Are there still opportunities for me?

Yes! We are particularly in need of disaster relief volunteers who can respond in their local county. Some meetings and trainings will take place at your local chapter office, but these are often accessible through conference call or webinar.

I’m interested in volunteering at blood drives. Do I fill out the application cited above?

Yes. Complete a volunteer application and select from the Biomedical Services opportunities listed in Volunteer Connection when asked to indicate your area of interest. If you have specific questions about volunteering at blood drives, please call 651-291-3360.

Who can I talk with if I have specific questions about volunteering?

Please email Volunteer Services at with any questions regarding the volunteer application process or available volunteer opportunities. You can also reach us at 612-871-7676.