If you like to help people, becoming a volunteer for the American Red Cross might be the answer to your winter doldrums. The Red Cross has many different opportunities and depends on its volunteers to accomplish its mission. Volunteers make up more than 96 percent of the Red Cross workforce.
The Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters every year. These range from a home fire involving one family, to bigger events like hurricanes and tornadoes that affect entire communities. The Red Cross offers Disaster Services training to enable you to help respond to these emergencies, both at home in your neighborhood, and across the country.
Every day, the Red Cross collects more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. You can become a donor and help someone who needs blood. There are other opportunities available for you to become involved in our Blood Services program, such as organizing a blood drive or volunteering at a blood drive in your community.Red Cross volunteer Sandy Tesch Wilkins administers a Vitamin A drop to a boy in The Gambia. Photo Credit: Daniel Cima
Being prepared is the first step to making sure you and your loved ones stay safe in an emergency. Be one of the millions of Americans who turn to the Red Cross to learn first aid, CPR, swimming and other health and safety skills. Or, become one of the people who volunteer to teach those courses.
Perhaps helping veterans, members of the military and their families might prove interesting. The Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces provides a 24-hour, 365-day link between members of the military and their families, sending emergency messages to deployed service members while they are deployed. SAF volunteers offer assistance to patients in military and veterans’ hospitals and work through Red Cross chapters to educate military families about what programs are available to help and support them.
Volunteer opportunities are also available at your local Red Cross chapter. Thousands of people serve on chapter boards of directors or advisory boards for our Blood Services regions and military stations.
Want to know more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer? Contact your local chapter or visit the Volunteer Match section of our web site to learn more about ways you can help people through the American Red Cross.