To become a volunteer, start the process by submitting an application through Volunteer Connection. You will receive an automated email after submitting the initial step- you must click on the link in this email to activate your account. Once your Volunteer Connection account is activated please complete all of the required steps listed to become an active volunteer.
You will have completed all the steps listed in Volunteer Connection and someone from the Volunteer Services Support Team would have called you to either set up an in person meeting or discuss volunteer interests over the phone.
Volunteer Connection serves as the primary Volunteer Management System (VMS) for the American Red Cross. Volunteer Connection provides a robust database solution for volunteer record management as well as a dedicated volunteer member site that supports group collaboration, volunteer hours, community activities, training and much more.
In order to activate your Volunteer Connection account you must have an active email address. If you do not have an email address we encourage you to acquire one from one of the many free services providers.
To volunteer for a majority of the programs and services lines you must be 18 years old. A variety of opportunities may be available for Youth Volunteers under the age of 18 such as the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Pillowcase Project, Scrubby Bear Program, and Red Cross Club activities. Blood Services volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, Disaster Services Responders must be 16 years of age or older but will not be able to deploy outside their local area until they are 18 years old. Please contact your local chapter for more information.
Background checks have been part of the American Red Cross volunteer process for many years. After the hurricanes of 2005, mandatory background checks for employees and volunteers were instituted. Red Cross continues to affirm our accountability to the American public. The background check initiative will help us achieve a more efficient and safer work environment for our employees and volunteers.
The American Red Cross requires all volunteers to go through the necessary training before being deployed to other parts of the country. Once trained and identified as a disaster services volunteers you must have been at least a two weeks (14 days) minimum availability and ready to travel within 24 hours of being called to deploy.
The American Red Cross does not recruit volunteers specifically for international disaster. The best way for you to help the International Red Cross is to get involved with your local region. Your region will train you to develop the skills of local volunteers based on the needs of the community. Your involvement can help build the local community, particularly following major disasters.
The American Red Cross accepts community services hours for graduation requirements. However, we cannot accept any “court-ordered community service hours.”
Unfortunately, we do not have any volunteer positions for phlebotomists in the community. However, if you live near a military base in the Eastern North Carolina Region this may be an opportunity available to you.
Time commitments vary depending on the area in which you choose to volunteer. Many volunteers work regular schedules. As a volunteer, you may choose to volunteer as much or as little as you like.
We encourage volunteers to get involved in a variety of areas. However, as a medical student or nurse, your skills would be beneficial to our Client Services in Disaster Services. Through Client Services, you would work directly with those who have lost everything to a fire, increasing your bedside manners!
Our volunteer job opportunities vary, which enables some volunteers to work from home or in the field.
To transfer your profile to the Eastern North Carolina Region, please complete a volunteer transfer request Here.
All American Red Cross volunteers aged 18 and over are required to clear a background check. Once a youth volunteer has reached their 18th birthday they will be asked to complete the background check.