Adult opportunities

Blood Services

Blood Services Volunteer

Blood services volunteers welcome donors at blood drives. They assist them through the registration process, provide refreshments, ensuring that donors feel healthy before they leave the blood drive, and thank them for their lifesaving donation.

Host a Blood Drive

Every day someone in your community needs blood. The American Red Cross is responsible for the collection and testing of over half the nation's blood supply. Every 56 days, your office, school or place of worship could save lives!

Community Services

Home Delivered Meals Volunteer

Volunteers bring nutritious meals to homebound elderly who are unable to prepare meals for themselves with our Home Delivered Meals Programs available through our Central New Jersey and New Jersey Crossroads chapters.

Senior Transportation Volunteer

Our program is to assist our senior citizens by driving them to their medical appointments. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to our seniors in the program or to provide administrative assistance in booking appointments. This program is available out of our New Jersey Crossroads and Northern New Jersey chapters.

Food Pantry Volunteer

Volunteers help stock the shelves and bag groceries in our Food Pantries in Millburn and Nutley.

Braille Volunteer

Volunteers help visually impaired K-12 students receive their textbooks in braille at the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Jane Bente Braille Center in our Fairfield location. Volunteer opportunities include embossing (printing) the braille books, binding, thermoforming (a braille version of a photocopier), scanning, filing, plus various paperwork. Become a braille transcriber and join our literary transcriber team.

Adapted Aquatics Swim Instructor Aide

Volunteers help teach swimming skills to community members who are physically, neurologically and/or emotionally challenged. They assist in teaching water safety and how to swim, all with the emphasis on having fun. This program is available in Hamilton.

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF)


SAF volunteers support military members and their families in a variety of ways. If they live near a base or an armory, they can assist with service member deployment and homecoming events. If they live near a VA hospital or nursing home, they can participate in recreational events, such as picnics and coffee socials, for the veterans. And no matter where they live, they can attend family events scheduled by the military, assist in providing emergency communications support to the families of servicemen and women, knit and sew, and pack and send donations from the community to service members deployed overseas .

Disaster Services

Disaster Action Team (DAT) – Local Disasters

Disaster Action Team volunteers respond to local disasters such as single-family or multi-unit fires, “hazmat” incidents and floods. They provide basic financial assistance and referrals to disaster victims, open shelters as needed, and provide canteen services to disaster victims and emergency services workers.

National Disaster Responders

National disaster responders are part of the American Red Cross Nationwide Disaster Response System. Disaster assignments are available to those volunteers active in their local chapter and are typically three weeks in duration. The Red Cross provides funds to cover travel, lodging and meals while on assignment. Jobs within the DSHR system include Sheltering, Feeding, Community Relations, Disaster Assessment, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) driver, Client Casework, Computer Networking and Operations, Bulk Distribution, Facilities, Health Services, Mental Health Services, Financial and Statistical Information Management, and Communications and Marketing.

Disaster Dispatcher

Disaster dispatchers provide the critical link between the public/emergency services personnel and the Red Cross during after-hours when the office is closed. The Dispatcher handles calls and dispatches volunteers and/or on-call staff.

Disaster Health Services (DHS)

DHS volunteers meet the disaster-related health needs of victims by providing direct services in person, via telephone, or by providing consultation to Disaster Responders. DHS volunteers provide assistance in shelters, administer first aid and provide referrals for clients, Red Cross volunteers and staff.

Disaster Mental Health Services (DMH)

Disaster Mental Health volunteers provide psychological first aid, assessment and referrals for the disaster-related needs of victims, emergency responders, and Red Cross volunteers and staff. DMH volunteers also help staff shelters and provide direct assistance and referrals should additional services be required.

Community Disaster Education (CDE) Facilitator

CDE facilitators provide disaster preparedness information to community groups through presentations, informational materials and community outreach.

Preparedness Health and Safety Services

First Aid and CPR/AED Instructor

First Aid, CPR/AED instructors teach First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation to individuals in our community.

Swim Instructor Aide

The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program is a comprehensive training program that teaches people to swim and helps them be safe in, on or around the water. The program includes swimming courses for all age groups and abilities. Instructor aides work with certified Water Safety Instructors to conduct these courses.

Babysitter’s Training Instructor

Babysitter’s Training Instructors teach the Babysitter’s Training Course to youth between the ages of 11 and 15. This program teaches future babysitters how to interview for a babysitting job, perform first aid, choose safe and age appropriate toys and games, diapering techniques, how to handle bedtime issues, having a safe babysitting experience and more.

Public Relations

Fairs and Events

Upon request the Red Cross strives to participate in community events stressing safety, preparedness, first aid training, and water safety. We provide information and literature about Red Cross services. This requires local travel and a strong interest in meeting new people.

Volunteer Writers and Photographers

Volunteers assist Communications by covering special events and developing special interest stories for website and newsletters.