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How do you know if volunteering at the American Red Cross is for you?

Red Cross volunteers touch lives every day. They are as diverse as the people receiving Red Cross services. It takes all kinds of people to make this organization work – different ages, different backgrounds, and different skills. Our needs are often specific, based on current incidents and levels of needed support, and require an ongoing commitment. Most volunteers work for a few hours per week, but we’ll do our best to help you get involved!
  • Disaster Response – The largest percentage of our volunteers work on a Disaster Action Team (link to that page in Disaster Services) where they help people affected by disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes by providing food, shelter, essential relief supplies, and comfort and hope.
  • Preparedness Education – Volunteers teach families, classroom groups, organizations, and corporations how to “Be Red Cross Ready” for disasters and emergencies.
  • Health and Safety Training – Volunteers enrich and protect our community by teaching the vital lifesaving skills of First Aid, CPR and the use of an AED, Babysitting, Water Safety, and Pet First Aid.
  • Service to the Armed Forces – The Red Cross has supported our men and women serving in the military for more than 100 years. Volunteers connect families and veterans with resources to respond to emergencies, teach coping and resilience skills, and provide recreational and therapeutic support at local military hospitals.
  • International Humanitarian Services – Volunteers coordinate fundraising for measles vaccines, educate youth about the Geneva Conventions, and provide international tracing and messaging.
  • Fundraising – Volunteers make it financially possible for the Red Cross to deliver its lifesaving services. The Red Cross relies on volunteers and the generosity of the American public.
  • Leadership – Volunteers serve on the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region Board of Directors, local leadership councils, and other decision-making committees, manage programs, and chair activities.
  • Blood Services – Volunteers coordinate blood drives and serve as blood drive volunteers to register blood donors and staff the refreshment area.

There are a variety of things to do, and you can navigate your own volunteer path. In the National Capital Region, volunteers ensure that the Red Cross can provide:
  • Services for people affected by fire and other disasters
  • Speakers and presenters for community programs
  • Coordinators for Red Cross Clubs in middle and high schools
  • CPT And First Aid instructors
  • Services to the military and their families
  • Office and administrative support
  • Public Affairs support
If you want to talk to someone about volunteering, please call a volunteer specialist at 703.584.8444 or email us at We’d be delighted to hear from you!