Volunteer Opportunities in Central California | American Red Cross
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Welcome to the American Red Cross Central California Region!
Thank you for your interest in serving your neighbors in The Central California Region. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
We hope you will take the first step in becoming a volunteer with us by clicking on one of the links below. The application process will take you through several steps. You can return to the process if you have to stop before it’s complete and you won’t lose your information.
We believe youth have the potential to make a difference in huge ways. In our eyes, they are a vital resource bringing energy, innovation and inspiration to the American Red Cross and our goal is to provide them with meaningful opportunities for education, training and volunteer service so that they remain a part of the Red Cross family throughout their lives.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities:
Join or Start a Red Cross Club
Red Cross Clubs are officially recognized organizations on school campuses led by middle school, high school, and college students. Club members serve their community through service, education, and leadership as volunteers of the American Red Cross. Red Cross Clubs participate in activities that align with the Red Cross’s humanitarian mission by holding regular service projects and leadership training throughout the school year to benefit members and their community.
All Red Cross clubs work with the support and guidance of their local Chapter, and collaborate with other clubs to plan and execute service projects and fundraising events. Club service projects follow the Red Cross’s five lines of service.
Take action now and join a Red Cross Club, or take the challenge to start a club if your school doesn’t have one. For more information on how to start a Red Cross Club at your school, as well as ideas for service events for your club, contact our Volunteer Services team at email@example.com.
The American Red Cross of Central California is proud to support Red Clubs at local schools and colleges. If you are interested in joining a Red Cross Club on your campus, click the link below to get started!
If you are already a Red Cross volunteer, log in to Volunteer Connection to access volunteer opportunities, sign up for shifts, log hours, or access local volunteering information.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer at the American Red Cross of Central California to do great things every day from helping communities prepare for emergencies, providing training in lifesaving skills, assisting people affected by disasters, connecting families or simply lending a helping hand to members of the community. Our volunteers come from a variety of cultures and from all walks of life. Many want to help after a major disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Others lend their skills or professional expertise to benefit members of their local communities.
Red Cross volunteers help us create stronger, well-prepared communities. In return, our volunteers receive fulfillment, enrichment, gratification and a spirit of belonging and giving.
What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer, all we ask is that you commit to volunteering a minimum of 20 hours per calendar year.
Many volunteers work regular weekly or monthly shifts. Others choose to maintain their training and respond only to major disasters. Although our need for volunteers is greatest during weekdays, many evening and weekend opportunities are also available. Take a look at our volunteer opportunities to determine which opportunities best fit in your schedule.
How do I start the process of becoming a volunteer?
To become a volunteer, please start by completing a volunteer application and completing our online volunteer orientation. Following the orientation, you’ll have a one-on-one interview with our volunteer resources team to discuss the best position for you within the Red Cross.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers who are 14 to 18 years old are encouraged to join our youth volunteer programs, which allow youth to get their schools and communities prepared for disaster.
What is the American Red Cross code of conduct?
The code of conduct outlines the standard policies and principles by which all American Red Cross volunteers and employees are required to abide. The code of conduct is used in an effort to maintain the high standard of conduct expected and deserved by the American public and enable the organization to continue to offer services required by those in need.
Why do I have to complete a background check to volunteer?
Background checks have been an area of focus at the American Red Cross and encouraged for many years. However, after the fraud and waste that occurred during our work aiding those affected by the hurricanes of 2005, it was decided that mandatory background checks on all employees and volunteers were necessary. Red Cross continues to reaffirm our accountability to the American public. The background check initiative, coupled with our previous efforts on this front, will help us achieve a more efficient and safer work environment for our employees and volunteers. Volunteers under the age of 18 are not required to complete a background check.
Are there internship opportunities available at the Red Cross?
There are many internship opportunities available within different support areas, ranging from disaster relief operations to marketing to IT and administrative support. For unpaid internships, please contact our Volunteer Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations outside of Central California in the United States?
Yes, although you must have experience with disaster response as a local Red Cross volunteer. To acquire that experience, you must register, train and serve through our Disaster Cycle Services (DCS) system. Most volunteers choose to put their skills in practice and current in Central California by working on their county’s Disaster Action Team, responding to the local disasters that occur every day in our community. You can find out more about the DCS system and how to get involved during the volunteer orientation process.