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This National Volunteer Week Become a Red Cross Volunteer


If you like helping people, the Red Cross is the place for you. Volunteers are central to the work of the Red Cross in communities across the country, as on average, the Red Cross has 15 volunteers for every one employee.

The Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters every year, ranging from a home fire involving one family, to bigger events like hurricanes and tornadoes that affect entire communities. With Red Cross Disaster Services training you’ll be able help; you’ll learn how to respond with food, shelter, comfort and hope in your neighborhood or 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.

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.

Red Cross Volunteers are People in Action. Photo Credit: Daniel Cima/American Red Cross

Perhaps you’re interested in helping veterans, members of the military and their families. 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. SAF volunteers offer assistance to patients in military and veterans’ hospitals and work through Red Cross chapters to educate military families about programs to help and support them.

Volunteer leadership opportunities are also available at your local Red Cross. Thousands of people serve on chapter boards of directors or advisory boards for Red Cross 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 website to learn more about ways you can help people through the American Red Cross.