Across the country over 95% of all Red Cross staff are volunteers. Below are a few ways that you can join our team and give back to our community.
Disaster Action Team Member
The Disaster Action Team supports the Red Cross mission and assists during disaster incidents that require an immediate response. Our Disaster Action Team primarily responds to single-family and multi-family house and apartment fires, and is scheduled for a period of on-call status.
Disaster Response Volunteer
The Disaster Response Volunteer supports the Red Cross mission and assists during large-scale disaster incidents. This volunteer takes training in over 30 distinct activities to join our Disaster Workforce and help our community respond and recover. National deployment opportunities are also available after training and local experience is acquired.
Blood Services Volunteer
The Blood Services Volunteer supports the Red Cross mission by assisting at fixed donation sites or at mobile blood drives with key aspects of the donation process, including registration and donor care in our canteen.
The Administrative Assistant Volunteer supports the Red Cross mission by aiding in the office administration of various departments, including answering phones, greeting members of the public, general office filing and upkeep of office records, checking invoices, copying, faxing, and shredding.
Special Event Volunteer
The Special Event volunteer supports the Red Cross mission by assisting with fundraisers, community celebrations, or other one-time/recurring major events for the American Red Cross.
Disaster Education Team Member
The Disaster Education Team Member supports the Red Cross mission by identifying opportunities to train our community to be more disaster resilient and carrying out presentations to small and large groups.
CPR/First Aid Instructor
The CPR/First Aid Instructor supports the Red Cross mission by training our community in the life-saving skills of CPR/First Aid. Basic CPR/First Aid certification is required before going through Instructor training.
Youth Services Volunteer
Youth of all ages connect with the Red Cross mission as Disaster Relief workers, safety presenters, ambassadors, and more!
Pet Therapy Program (Clark County Chapter only)
The Pet Therapy program is available at the Clark County Chapter and the Ft. Knox Service Center of the Louisville Area Chapter. Our primary focus is to provide comfort and companionship to our community by sharing our dogs with residents and patients. Volunteer Owners and Pets visit nursing homes, hospitals, wounded warrior recovery units, and more. Training is required for pets.
Community Program Volunteer
Many of our Chapter locations have specific programs that serve community needs, including our Talking Books and Nursing Home Bingo programs at the Franklin County Chapter in Frankfort, the Youth Disaster Response Team (YDRT) at our South Central Kentucky Chapter in Bowling Green, a Food Bank in Oldham County, and more!
Crossing Generations is a self-governing society that engages young professionals in the mission of the American Red Cross and provides fulfilling opportunities for personal and professional networking and development in order to empower future leaders of the American Red Cross.
Ft. Knox Service Center
The Ft. Knox Service Center of the Louisville Area Chapter has numerous opportunities, including military casework, community programs like Pet Therapy, Helping Hands and Santa’s Workshop, medical facility roles at Ireland Army Hospital, and more.
Service to the Armed Forces Emergency Services Call Center
SAF Call Center Caseworkers interact with military families needing to communicate with their loved ones on active duty. Training is required, and duties include initial phone intake and case generation, incident verification, and message delivery. This center is located at the Louisville Area Chapter, and is one of four centers around the country that provides worldwide coverage.
Frankfort Regional Medical Center (Franklin County Chapter only)
Through a partnership with Frankfort Regional Medical Center we supply volunteers who work the Information Desk, Outpatient Surgery Center Desk and the Emergency Department assisting patients, visitors and staff during 4-hour shifts.
Nursing Home Bingo (Franklin County Chapter Only)
Nursing Home Bingo volunteers provide Bingo and prizes to residents at the Golden Living Rehabilitation Center on the third Friday of each month, 3:30 to 5:30pm.
Talking Books (Franklin County Chapter Only)
Through a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives’ Talking Books/Reading for the Blind program, volunteers read or proofread books that are recorded and then made available to blind and visually impaired patrons. The schedule is flexible, between 8am and 4:30pm weekdays.
Youth Disaster Response Team (South Central Kentucky Chapter Only)
Youth are needed to prepare for and respond to local events, assist with festivals and events, work with pets in disaster, and more. Additionally, adults are needed to help coordinate and supervise activities and service projects for the Youth Disaster Response Team. Adult leaders act as positive role models for youth and encourage leadership and personal development.