We Depend on Volunteers

  • Become a Red Cross Volunteer
  • Volunteers constitute 97 percent of our total work force to fulfill our mission.
  • Every year the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters—including approximately 150 home fires every day.
  • About 11 million Americans turn to us to learn first aid, CPR, swimming, and other health and safety skills.
  • Half the nation's blood supply—six million pints annually—is collected by more than 155,000 Red Cross volunteers.
  • Among our emergency services for the men and women of the armed forces is the delivery of urgent family messages—around the clock and around the globe.
  • More than 30,900 volunteers serve as chairs, members of boards of directors, or on advisory boards for local Red Cross units—Chapters, Blood Services regions, and military stations
  • As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Red Cross reconnects more than 8,000 families separated by conflicts and disasters around the world through international tracking services and Red Cross messages.