The very foundation of the American Red Cross is based on a voluntary work force. Today nearly 1.2 million people volunteer with the Red Cross nationwide with the ratio of Red Cross volunteers to paid staff approximately 36 to 1.The American Red Cross aims to attract, involve and develop a volunteer work force with diverse skills, interests and abilities so that the American Red Cross continues to provide effective services that are responsive to the changing need of the American public. As the largest humanitarian organization in the United States, the Red Cross depends on volunteers to accomplish the organization’s mission: providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Youth and teens have always been special to the American Red Cross. Since the founding of the Junior Red Cross in 1917, youth and the Red Cross have been partners. Today, the involvement of youth and teens with the Red Cross is even more important than ever and has become a special focus of the volunteer recruitment effort. And these young adults are rising to the challenge – people up to age 25 comprise a third of the Red Cross volunteer work force.
The Red Cross is about so much more than just work, work, work! We like to think of ourselves as one big family! And that means playing together just as hard as we work together. Whether marching in a Mardi Gras parade, eating crawfish at a group picnic or being the next victim in a dunking booth, our volunteers are encouraged to have fun and to be themselves. We would love to add you to our family. Volunteer today!
To get started, click on the volunteer application below that best describes you.
Would you like to be a disaster worker, CPR teacher or maybe an office volunteer? The American Red Cross depends on volunteers to deliver services, prepare families and help ease suffering cause by emergencies. By taking the next step and filling out our application, you will have the opportunity to find the right volunteer job that maximizes your skills and availability. Apply Now.
Youth and young adults play a critical role in the Red Cross mission of preparing for and responding to emergencies. The Red Cross currently engages more than 169,000 youth and young adults with meaningful opportunities for education, training, and volunteer service so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their lives. Take the first step by completing a Volunteer Application. Apply Now.