Getting Started as a Volunteer

  • Three Red Cross volunteers standing in front of an emergency response vehicle

Ready to take the first step?

We sincerely appreciate your desire to join the American Red Cross in performing our humanitarian work. We’re thrilled to have you onboard. We can’t do it alone. Your commitment to the Red Cross not only means helping others within your community through your local Red Cross; it means helping others across the world by joining the millions of volunteers worldwide that make up the global Red Cross network.

Get acquainted with us.

To begin the American Red Cross orientation course click here.

This self-paced module will familiarize volunteers with the American Red Cross history, mission, vision and values. Volunteers will also learn about our key service areas and organizational structure.
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