Our Opportunities

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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.

Administrative Assistant

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 in Indiana and Ft. Knox area in Kentucky)

The Pet Therapy program is available at the Clark County service site located in Jeffersonville, Indiana and the Ft. Knox service site in Kentucky. 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.

Crossing Generations (Louisville Area Chapter only)

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 site 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 site 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.

Friendly Visitors program (Franklin County site only)

Through a partnership with the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency, trained volunteers are assigned to a local long-term care resident with no family living in the area to make weekly 1-hour visits.

Talking Books (Franklin County site 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.