Learn About Volunteer Opportunities
Learn About Volunteer Opportunities
Your Local Red Cross Needs You
We have volunteer opportunities to match a wide range of interests and time commitment. Contact your local chapter to find out more about what is available in your area.
Serve on local boards and help with fundraising and marketing programs. Be the face of the Red Cross in your community and ensure we are serving your community well.
Assist with volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition.
Community Volunteer Leader
Community Volunteer Leaders (CVL) act as a “face of the Red Cross” to the community and focus upon recruiting volunteers and managing key local relationships.
Blood Donor Recruiter
Work with individuals, groups and companies to recruit blood donors and promote blood drives.
Blood Drive Volunteer
Greet and register blood donors.
Pick up donated blood units from a blood drive and deliver to the laboratory to be thoroughly tested and then sent to the hospital.
Provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Disaster Action Team
Respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor.
Disaster Preparedness Presenter
Educate individuals and groups on how to be prepared before a disaster occurs.
Health and Safety Instructor
Teach community classes such as CPR, First Aid and water safety to children and adults.
Babysitting Course Instructor
Become certified and teach American Red Cross Babysitting courses to teenagers.
Conduct classes on International Humanitarian Law.
Lend a hand to patients at Veterans Administration and military hospitals.
Armed Forces Caseworker
Ensure delivery of emergency communications for members of the military and their families.
Support fundraising and special events.
Thank a Donor
Make calls to thank Red Cross financial donors.
First Aid Team
First Aid and CPR volunteers staff special events throughout the year.
Assist the fundraising team as they research, write and execute grants.
Provide presentations about Red Cross programs in the community.
During disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community.
Assist with administrative tasks.
Help with routine maintenance duties such as stocking supplies and checking inventory at shelters.
International Tracing Services
Assist in the international search for persons living overseas, in war-torn countries or thought to be living in your community.
Utilize your language skills to translate.
Provide comfort and care when your neighbors experience a crisis.
Engage your friends and followers on the topics that matter to you: like your support of the Red Cross.
Opportunities for Nurses, Nursing Students and Other
Nurses have been vital to the work of the American Red Cross since 1888. Today, more than 20,000 of your fellow nurses and other health professionals are involved in providing disaster relief, teaching and developing courses, managing blood drives and other leadership roles throughout our organization.
To find volunteer opportunities near you, visit our Opportunity Finder and select “Nursing, Health care”.
Opportunities for Young People
Gain hands-on experience in working for a non-profit! Exceptional undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for summer internships at Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Network with other socially-conscious professionals while planning social fundraising events and participating in community service projects. The groups also offer leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
Opportunities for Groups, Clubs and Businesses
Mobilize members and employees to demonstrate their commitment to making a difference through a range of activities that build community resiliency and save lives.
Contact your local chapter to find specific opportunities in your area.
View Typical Opportunities
Receive training in Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, mass care and sheltering. Interested in formal training? Consider Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC), a corporate volunteer program that taps the human resources of corporate America, mobilizing them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
Groups can also lend their facilities in times of disaster. Your local Red Cross chapter can tell you whether any of these opportunities are available in your area.
Humanitarian principles are at the core of the Red Cross mission, and continuing this work requires inspiring and engaging the next generation. We offer engaging and challenging resources for students, teachers and law and policy professionals.
Although many international disasters are managed and staffed by people living in the affected communities, volunteers with exceptional technical skills, Red Cross knowledge and disaster relief experience can apply to become part of our international disaster response roster.