If you’re passionate about helping people and looking for a volunteer opportunity with a visionary humanitarian organization, you can make a difference with the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region. No matter your interest, skills or schedule, you can make a significant contribution to our community and support people in their moments of greatest need.
We hope you’ll take the first step to becoming a volunteer with us by clicking on one of the links below.
Most-Needed Volunteers: Shelter Service Associates and Shelter Supervisors
Be ready to help your local community! Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Train now to be a Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteer so you can answer the call when your community needs it most!
We will need volunteers to help support emergency shelters by staffing different areas including reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available. Will you be ready to roll up your sleeves and help?
Search for “Shelter” in the search bar to find positions.
Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.
Our work is possible because of people like you.
Discover the role that's right for you and join us today!
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.
Ready to Make a Difference?
How do you know if volunteering at the American Red Cross is for you?
Red Cross volunteers touch lives every day. They are as diverse as the people receiving Red Cross services. It takes all kinds of people to make this organization work – different ages, different backgrounds, and different skills. Our needs are often specific, based on current incidents and levels of needed support, and require an ongoing commitment. Most volunteers work for a few hours per week, but we’ll do our best to help you get involved!
Disaster Response – The largest percentage of our volunteers work on a Disaster Action Team where they help people affected by disasters ranging from home fires to hurricanes by providing food, shelter, essential relief supplies, and comfort and hope.
Blood Services – Volunteers coordinate blood drives and serve as blood drive volunteers to register blood donors and staff the refreshment area.
Preparedness Education – Volunteers teach families, classroom groups, organizations, and corporations how to “Be Red Cross Ready” for disasters and emergencies.
Service to the Armed Forces – The Red Cross has supported our men and women serving in the military for more than 100 years. Volunteers connect families and veterans with resources to respond to emergencies, teach coping and resilience skills, and provide recreational and therapeutic support at local military hospitals.
International Humanitarian Services – Volunteers coordinate fundraising for measles vaccines, educate youth about the Geneva Conventions, and provide international tracing and messaging.
Fundraising – Volunteers make it financially possible for the Red Cross to deliver its lifesaving services. The Red Cross relies on volunteers and the generosity of the American public.
Leadership – Volunteers serve on the American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region Board of Directors, local leadership councils, and other decision-making committees, manage programs, and chair activities.
Youth & Young Adult Volunteers
The American Red Cross of the National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region youth program provides youth and young adults with opportunities to learn and serve while supporting the Red Cross mission. Our goal is to provide youth with meaningful opportunities for training, leadership, and community service.
We empower youth to respond to community needs locally, nationally, and internationally through numerous leadership, education, and community service opportunities: