Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Groups

Group Volunteering
Many volunteer group activities are available for one-time, short-term or long-term periods. Groups may choose to help at the office, our fundraisers or special events. Contact Lou Kennedy, director of volunteer management/capacity building, at (504) 620-3130 to learn how your group can make a difference.

Response/Disaster Services

Disaster Action Team (DAT)
On call after-hours, weekends and holidays. Trained volunteers respond to the scene of a local disaster to provide immediate emergency services to individuals and families.

Shelter Operations
Volunteers provide shelter services to residents who have been affected by a disaster and have no place to stay. Volunteers can serve in different roles during a shelter operation depending on their interest.

Canteen Operations
Volunteers drive through affected neighborhoods, distributing essential items after a disaster in specially equipped Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs). These items may include meals, beverages, disaster kits, tarps, comfort supplies and cleanup supplies.

Client Caseworkers
Volunteers identify and meet immediate disaster-caused needs by providing emergency assistance. They provide planning and assistance that addresses clients’ long-term needs during a major disaster.

Disaster Health Services
Licensed/certified health professionals deliver Red Cross Health Services as volunteers at the chapter or on disaster relief operations and can participate in a variety of activities such as working in a shelter, providing health education and referrals and assisting clients in replacing lost essential health items. Health professionals also can help to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for our paid and volunteer staff. Health Services workers are covered by the American Red Cross liability insurance when fully registered with the Red Cross and functioning within the parameters of Health Services policies.

Disaster Mental Health
Volunteer mental health professionals who are licensed for independent practice can deliver mental health services at the chapter or on disaster relief operations including the provision of psycho social education and triage, crisis counseling and referrals. These services could be provided in shelters, community assistance centers or at a client's home. Mental health volunteers also can help support the well-being of our paid and volunteer staff by teaching Psychological First Aid courses and proving brief supportive services. Mental Health Services workers are covered by the American Red Cross liability insurance when fully registered with the Red Cross and functioning within the parameters of Mental Health Services policies.

Community Education – Presenters

Community Disaster Education
Volunteers teach community groups about emergency prevention. Presentations can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the requested program. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

First Aid/CPR Presentations
Volunteers teach community groups about how to conduct proper first aid/CPR. Presentations can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours depending on the requested program. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Masters of Disaster
Presenters make masters out of students in grades K-8 in all types of disasters. This program is designed to be purchased and taught by teachers. Presenters may teach the program to show school districts how to conduct a lesson. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Red Cross Awareness
Volunteers inform the community about local Red Cross services to groups. Presentations can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours depending on the request. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Fire Safety
Presenters teach students about fire safety. Presentations can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the requested program. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Scrubby Bear
Presenters teach children the proper way to wash their hands and germ prevention. Presentations can last from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on the requested program. This program is designed for preschool through second grade. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Whales Tales
Presenters teach children about water safety in, on and around the water. Presentations can last from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on the requested program. This program is designed for students K-3. Training and presentation materials are provided before teaching.

Community Outreach Programs

Volunteer Community Outreach members assist the Red Cross chapter in fundraising, community outreach, marketing, disasters, and health and safety presentations. Volunteers are seen out in the community but may still do regular volunteer activities.

Preparedness Educator – Youth Focus
The Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter is looking for engaging speakers to give preparedness education presentations to kids and teens around the New Orleans region. The Red Cross is looking for volunteers who have experience working with youth and enjoy doing so.

Preparedness Educator – Senior Focus
The Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter is looking for engaging speakers to give preparedness education presentations to senior citizens around the New Orleans region.

Chapter Operations

Receptionist
Volunteers assist with the front desk, including answering phone calls and directing guests.

Development

Fundraising/Special Events
Volunteers assist with activities related to organizing an event, which may include auction management, office calling, decorations, set up, clean up, etc.

Grant-writing Intern
Volunteers assist in writing and researching potential grant opportunities available to the Red Cross.

Communications & Marketing

Ambassadors
Thought of as the face of the American Red Cross, these hand-picked volunteers attend displays and exhibits, check presentations, pictures and occasionally might speak in front of the camera.

Social Media
Volunteers build awareness of chapter activities through social media tools.

Displays & Exhibits
Volunteers present at health and safety fairs in representation of the American Red Cross. Some events even provide snacks and beverages for vendors.

Staff Writer
Volunteers develop stories for our e-newsletters by interviewing disaster clients, other volunteers and staff members. They also help with publication development.

Photographer
Volunteers capture the life and work at our events.

How Do You Get Started?

Adult Volunteer Application
In the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region, we like to say "volunteering is the best job you will ever have and not get paid for it.” The opportunities to serve as a volunteer for the American Red Cross are varied. Apply for volunteer opportunities suited for adults (18+).

Youth Volunteer Application
The American Red Cross will provide the premier environment for youth and young adults to learn, practice and exemplify humanitarian values. Through hundreds of Red Cross clubs across the country, youth and young adult volunteers ages (15-18) support the American Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Apply today as a youth volunteer.

If you have any issues registering or questions about local opportunities, please contact Lou Kennedy at (504) 620-3130.