Local Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Red Cross of Alaska. Below are some of the many volunteer opportunities available with our organization.

For more information, please contact your Local Red Cross Office .

Volunteer Data Specialist: Help keep the intake process of our new volunteers running smoothly! Administrative support in the form of filing, data entry, and follow-up calls to those who want to volunteer with our organization is much needed. This is a great opportunity to support the chapter in one of its recently expanding departments. Basic computer skills needed, opportunity for website management training available, if desired by volunteer. Time requirement: 2-5 hours per week, consistent scheduling is preferred.

New Volunteer Interviewer: Interview and match new volunteers with opportunities in our organization. This is a vital part of our volunteer program, and we are in great need of interviewers. Interviewing, HR, or related work experience strongly preferred. Time requirement: 2-4 hours per week, consistent scheduling necessary.

Youth Programs Assistant: Help match youth with meaningful service opportunities in our community. Our chapter is looking to develop a youth based program to meet the need of young people who want or need to volunteer. Work with our Youth Programs Coordinator to organize summer projects, school programs, and develop a youth advisory committee. Time requirement: 4 hours per week, consistent scheduling is preferred.


Donor Relations Assistant: The American Red Cross of Alaska has received generous donations from Alaskans and we need to thank them! Help send thank you letters, enter contributors into our database, and assist with some database management. Time requirement: 10-12 hours per week, depending on season.

Development Assistant: Provide American Red Cross fundraising assistance, computer data entry, typing, stuff envelopes for acknowledgements and special campaigns. Also provide very basic administrative support during working hours. Make copies, send mail, or make or receive phone calls. Learn basic fundraising skills through direct mail efforts. Time requirement: 1 day a week. Training is available.

Marketing Specialist: Provide assistance to the Development Director by advertising our fundraising campaigns at various events around town, particularly the Saturday Market in downtown Anchorage throughout the summer. Promote our fundraising campaigns utilizing different forms of media. Knowledge or interest in marketing is a plus. Time Requirement: 6-10 hours a week for at least 6 months. Training is available.

Disaster Response

Disaster Action Team Member: Disaster Action Teams (DATs) are volunteers who provide immediately emergency services to those affected by a disaster. In addition to distributing blankets, clothing, toiletries and other necessary items to people who have experienced a disaster, the volunteers help people find a place to stay and food to eat. Must be willing to attend 6 months of training before assigned to a team, depending on current skill level. Time Requirement: On Call one week out of every five, must attend at least 4 yearly DAT meetings.

Disaster Data Specialist: Our chapter currently needs support for data entry of client cases, disaster training class rosters, etc. This is the important behind-the-scenes work that makes client services possible. Basic computer skills necessary, additional training provided. Time requirement: 2+ hours per week, minimum of 6 month commitment necessary.

Social Work Intern: The American Red Cross of Alaska offers students interested in the field of social work an ideal setting to gain experience. Will be involved in daytime response, filling out casework, and completing disaster welfare inquiries with the additional option of working with AFES or International Tracing. Must complete Family Services training. Time Requirements: 15 hours per week for one semester.

Public Affairs

Public Relations Assistant: Assist the Red Cross in delivering the mission by coordinating publicity information about services and programs to the public. Collect and disseminate information regarding local disaster relief responses to appropriate media outlets. Responsibilities include: writing news summaries, doing live and taped interviews, and taking photographs, and updating the Red Cross website. Media experience preferred. Time requirement: 4- 10 hours a month, must attend 4 yearly DAT meetings, minimum of one year.

Graphic Artist: The Red Cross always needs to update its printed materials. We’re looking for a handful of good designers with graphic layout experience to produce affordable, compelling designs for newsletters, brochures, flyers, event programs, and flyers. Proficiency in desktop publishing software necessary. Time Requirement: 10 hours a month could vary according to specific project.

Newsletter Manager: The Red Cross seeks a volunteer newsletter coordinator to assist in communicating information, opportunities, services and programs to volunteers through a newsletter. This volunteer must be wiling to support the Red Cross Mission, gather and compile information pertinent to volunteers, design and layout of newsletter, assure distribution to volunteers on a scheduled timeline. Experience with desktop publishing preferred. Time requirement: 5 days a month for one year.

Feature Story Writer: the American Red Cross of Alaska touches the lives of thousands of people each year. Help us give tell the “Red Cross Story” and inform the community of our vital programs and services by writing articles to be submitted to the local media and published in our newsletters and website. Requires excellent communication and written skills. Time Requirement: 2-4 hours a month.

Community Ambassador: This position will assist the Red Cross in delivering our mission by providing information to the public at community events and fairs. Key responsibilities include: willingness to support Red Cross mission; greet attendees and inform them of Red Cross services; confirm scheduled date, time and location of event, pick up and return needed materials at Red Cross; arrive in timely manner; set up display. Time requirement: 2-4 hours a month, depending on events schedule.

Public Affairs Internship: The American Red Cross of Alaska offers students interested in the field of public relations an ideal setting to learn the trade. Students who serve internships with the American Red Cross of Alaska have the opportunity to assist us in meeting the chapter’s communication needs throughout the entire state of Alaska. Time Requirement: 15 hours a week for 1 semester.

Archives Intern: The American Red Cross of Alaska has a strong, rich history in the state of Alaska. This position will assist the Red Cross in delivering our mission by maintaining archives of chapter’s historic material. Key responsibilities include; willingness to support Red Cross mission, compile inventory for archival of materials by category, develop and/or maintain system for employees and volunteers to check out items or loan items to others. Time requirement: 10-25 hours a week.

Military Services

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Caseworker: Provide emergency communication message assistance for service members and their families when an emergency arises. Learn casework intake, verification, and steps required to deliver messages so that emergency leave and travel decisions can be made. SAF casework training will be provided. Time Requirement: 2-4 hours weekly

Newcomer’s Briefing Volunteer: Provide a 15-20 minute presentation about American Red Cross services available to the military and pass out packets of related materials. Must enjoy public speaking and have a strong command of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program. Time Requirement: 1 hour per event or as needed

Opportunities at Elmendorf & Ft. Richardson

• SAF Case Worker: Volunteers learn intake, processing, and steps to verify and deliver emergency messages. Theses messages are used by Command in decisions regarding emergency leave.

• Elmendorf 3 MDG Hospital: Volunteers with certified medical credentials can help in various clinics with prior coordination. Other volunteers can be placed as needs arise.

• Special Projects: Propose a project for fundraising, youth involvement, safety, or support for service members and families, and let's see if it flies!

• Leadership Volunteer: Someone who is interested in coordinating programs and/or volunteers. Management skills to plan recruitment, training, and recognition of volunteers and exercise program oversight. Ability to liason with Command and Family Support elements is important.

Community Preparedness

Business Outreach Liaison: Help to manage the data for businesses interested in participating in the business emergency preparedness program, Think AHEAD. Input data into databases, mail materials to interested businesses and call businesses for follow-up questions. Time Requirement: 1-2 hours a week.

Business Safety Presenter: Organize the Brown Bag Lunch series, presented to individuals interested in preparing their business for disaster. Set up a schedule of classes, market to business members, prepare class materials, and teach the program each week. Time Requirement: 3 hours a week, not including training.

Preparedness Newsletters Manager: Support the production of Thinking AHEAD, a monthly business e-newsletter sent from the American Red Cross of Alaska to the business community. Must be proficient in editing and layout. Computer skills are required. Time Requirement: Approximately 5 hours per newsletter.

Community Disaster Education Presenter: As part of the Community Disaster Education team, presenters will visit area schools and deliver presentations highlighting home preparedness measures (i.e. make an escape plan) and disaster-related skills (i.e. stop, drop and roll). Time Requirement: 2 hours a month.

Community Resource Lead: Our community resource book allows response volunteers to refer clients to much-needed, post-disaster service agencies. This is an important service, but we need to make sure that our community resource book (which lists these agencies) is updated with current contact information. Also, appropriate agencies that are not currently listed in the book can be added, to further extend our service to clients. Time Requirement: 1 hour a week.

Preparedness Fair Volunteer: Represent the American Red Cross of Alaska during community fairs and open houses where out chapter is asked to provide safety and preparedness information. Interact with attendees and encourage attendees to take and read preparedness materials. Time Requirement: 8 hours a month, more during fair months March and April.

School Outreach Specialist: Working with our preparedness staff, assemble an information kit to go to schools that will list suggestions for schools interested in building (or updating) classroom disaster supplies kits and reviewing helpful preparedness information. Must be willing to do on-line research, make phone calls and draft letters. Time Requirement: 2-3 hours a week.

Scout Outreach Leader: Research the Scout badge being created by the American Red Cross National Headquarters and engage local Scouts into becoming leaders in Red Cross preparedness messaging. Time Requirement: 1-2 hours a week.

Together WE Prepare Manager: The American Red Cross of Alaska is hoping to better utilize the Together We Prepare community curriculum that is available from National Headquarters. This curriculum offers a wide variety of resources and products that promote disaster preparedness at home, work and school. The TWP Manager will work closely with the chapter preparedness staff in order to better integrate these resources and products into our current chapter service outlets and add them to our website. Time Requirement: 2-3 hours a week including attending meetings as scheduled.

International Services

Measles Initiative Volunteer: Design and implement creative ways to spread the Red Cross Measles Initiative message to youth and adult community members. Volunteer with current measles projects such as holiday card sales and school presentations. Time Requirement: 4-6 hours a week during holiday season, 1-2 hours a week during off season.

International Humanitarian Law Team Leader: Assist the Red Cross in delivering our international services mission. Disseminate information about international law (IHL, aka Geneva Convention); develop written International Humanitarian Law dissemination plan for chapter; coordinate all aspects of plan; work collaboratively with Youth and Public Affairs to introduce program to area high schools and community groups. Represent Red Cross at community events with an international focus. Time requirement: 7 hours a week for one year.

International Services Caseworker: Respond to requests from national headquarters to deliver messages or search for individuals within chapter’s jurisdiction, file and enter date for each client, educate community groups about Red Cross international services. Time requirement: 3-4 hours a week for one year.

General Office Support

Administrative Assistant: Provide assistance on a variety of office related tasks including; letter writing, filing, correspondences, and other similar duties. Time requirement 4-8 hours per week.

Recycling Lead/Courier: Help our office stay green! Currently, paid staff makes the time to take materials to the recycling center, so a volunteer helping with this project would save some much-needed time. If interested, volunteer could also be a courier for errands that arise from time-to-time. Time requirement: 2-4 hours per month, plus use of personally owned vehicle.

Youth and Young Adult

Youth Advisory Committee Member: The American Red Cross of Alaska is looking to develop opportunities to include young adults with varying interests and backgrounds. We are looking for excited and involved teens to help us brainstorm the scope and direction of this new youth leadership board. Create service projects, involve area schools, and meet other youth interested in service. Creative thinkers encouraged! Time requirement: 5 hours a month, can vary depending on projects.

Teddy’s Child Watch Helper: Volunteer at the Elmendorf hospital watching children as their parents attend appointments. Basic babysitting skills and a love of children are a plus. Training and orientation included. Must have a base I.D. Time requirement: Minimum of 4 hours a week, consistent scheduling necessary.

HIV Education Youth Advisory Board Member: Interested in learning more about how to protect yourself? Want to share your knowledge with other youth? Help develop the Red Cross HIV Prevention Education program with youth and young adults in mind. Volunteer at health fairs, create partnerships with other HIV groups, and conduct outreach to keep youth safe! Time requirement: 5 hours a month, can vary depending on projects.

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact your Local Red Cross Office and we'll find a project that fits you. Come volunteer with us!