Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether it is one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs are often specific based on current events and levels of ground support, but we will do our best to accommodate your desire to get involved! Once you apply to become a volunteer, you will sign up to attend one of the Orientation Sessions listed below.
Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
Saturday, June 22: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 9: 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 27: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
There is a critical need for volunteer drivers with the Red Cross Community Transportation Program. The service provides transportation for seniors and medically fragile residents so they can get to their medical appointments they would otherwise not be able to attend. Volunteer drivers help complete more than 14,000 trips a year within Franklin County. Volunteers must be 21-years-old or older and have a valid Ohio driver’s license and good driving record. Vehicles are provided by the Red Cross.
There are many other opportunities, including:
Disaster Response—Help people affected by disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes by providing food, shelter, essential relief supplies and comfort and hope.
Preparedness Education—Teach families, people in classrooms, organizations and corporations how to Be Red Cross Ready for disasters and emergencies.
First Aid Services Team – Conduct first aid at sporting events, festivals, concerts and other events in the Columbus area. Volunteers are the emergency frontline staff for over 2 million guests a year.
Service to the Armed Forces—Connect families and veterans with resources in response to emergencies, train military families in coping and resiliency skills, and supply recreational and therapeutic support in military and VA health care facilities.
Health and Safety Training—Teach vital lifesaving skills such as first aid/CPR/AED, babysitting, water safety and pet first aid.
International Services— Coordinate fundraising for measles vaccines, educate youth about the Geneva Conventions and provide international tracing and messaging.
Fundraising—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—Serve on a Red Cross board or decision-making committee, manage a program, or chair an activity.
Blood Services—Be a greeter/reception or refreshment area volunteer, or help get the blood where it needs to go as a blood courier. Help recruit blood donors, put together kits for donation, help plan special events, assist with clerical duties, or help spread the word as a community awareness team member or lead others as a leadership volunteer. There are many ways to help in Blood Services.
To apply to become a Red Cross volunteer, click here for the online application! (http://www.redcross.org/oh/columbus/volunteer/application-types)