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Volunteer Opportunities

Learn About Volunteer Opportunities

Learn About Volunteer Opportunities
The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you!
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.

Contact your local chapter

Board Members

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.

Volunteer Services

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.

Disaster Services

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.

IHL Instructor

Conduct classes on International Humanitarian Law.

Hospital Volunteer

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.

Special Events

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.

Grant Researching/Writing

Assist the fundraising team as they research, write and execute grants.


Provide presentations about Red Cross programs in the community.

Public Affairs

During disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community.


Assist with administrative tasks.

Staff Support

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.

Language Bank

Utilize your language skills to translate.

Disaster Volunteers

Provide comfort and care when your neighbors experience a crisis.

Online Advocacy

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
Health Professionals

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
25% of Red Cross volunteers are age 24 or younger. Being young is no barrier to being able to help people in need, in your community and around the world!

Create, plan and participate in service projects to help your school, your community and make an impact around the globe.

Find a Red Cross Club Near You

Start an Elementary, Middle or High School club

Start a College Club

Represent the 100,000 young Red Cross volunteers, advocate for youth involvement and advise Red Cross senior leadership on policies relating to young people.

Learn More About the National Youth Council

Sign Up for Youth Wire Newsletter

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.

Learn About Internship Opportunities

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.

Contact Your Local Chapter

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.

Help the Red Cross deliver emergency and first aid safety information directly to area communities and families by providing local disaster education or by teaching CPR and First Aid.
Work with members of the military, veterans and families in military and VA health care facilities providing recreational and therapeutic services and supporting special events.
Ask your local Red Cross chapter about educational forums or speakers bureau opportunities for your organization or business to learn more about local Red Cross history, services and programs.
Host blood drives, recruit blood donors, and greet and register blood donors onsite.
Educate others as an instructor on International Humanitarian Law. Groups can also help support the Measles & Rubella Initiative.
Volunteer Internationally
Help us spread hope around the world. Find out more.

The Red Cross works to reconnect families who have been separated by war or disaster. Your local Red Cross chapter may have opportunities for you to help overseas disaster victims find family members in your community.

Contact Your Local Chapter

Learn More About Restoring Family Links

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.

Learn About Humanity in War

Teachers: View Curriculum Resources

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.

Learn More and Apply

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Support all the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross.

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