24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Central Florida Region serves families throughout our community thanks to a team of 2,000 adult and youth volunteers. Together, these dedicated volunteers donate over 100,000 hours of community service a year. These hours translate into a highly trained and highly skilled team; a fun and supportive work environment; and the delivery of critical mission services to families in desperate need every day.
Volunteers respond to approximately 3 disasters a day; providing food, shelter and comfort to more than 6,000 people who face devastation in the wake of disaster every year. To reduce the impact of future disasters, our volunteers teach hundreds of community preparedness classes a year, including a youth preparedness program known as The Pillowcase Project. Over 90 percent of the disasters the Red Cross responds to in the Central Florida Region are home fires and 60 percent of national home fire deaths occur in residences with no working smoke alarms. Through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign volunteers directly reduce the impact of home fires by installing 9,000 smoke alarms a year in high risk neighborhoods.
More than 65,000 individuals in Central Florida learn critical skills through Red Cross courses, including first aid/CPR/AED, water safety/aquatics and care giving programs.
We support more than 6,500 service members and their families by providing more than 11,000 case services, and briefing more than 7,800 families through the 'Get To Know Us' program. The Red Cross provides emergency communications while service men and women are deployed and workshops and emergency support tailored to support their needs at home. Learn More About Our Mission, Vision and Principles.
We respond to approximately 3 local disasters every day
Our team includes 2,000 adult and youth volunteers
We provide services to 6,500 military families
We install about 9,000 smoke alarms each year
Every day, the Red Cross of Central Florida responds to an average of three local emergencies. Our Disaster Action Team volunteers are among the first on the scene, following the first responders.
Volunteers sit beside each family to listen to their story. We learn about their needs and then provide anything from food to shelter to specialized supplies and support. Red Cross nurses administer health care and licensed mental health practitioners provide emotional support.
Red Cross volunteers respond to thousands of disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. During large-scale disasters, Red Cross workers conduct damage assessment, manage logistics, work with local emergency management officials, operate shelters, and develop partnerships to provide referrals that can bolster each family’s disaster recovery.
We could have just the opportunity you’re looking for ... whether it's training to respond to disasters, supporting a blood drive, delivering messages to members of our military, or connecting families displaced by conflict, we hope you'll join our mission.
Our region supports the national cause of blood collection – though we do not have blood collection facilities or volunteer opportunities in the Central Florida Region at this time.
When children want to learn how to save a life, teens want to become certified babysitters, a new parent has to learn infant CPR, or employees need to get certified, Red Cross volunteers are prepared to teach.
More than 65,000 people a year turn to the Red Cross to learn critical health and safety skills. As one of our region’s largest educational providers, the American Red Cross trains residents in lifesaving skills through multi-language online, community and workplace courses. Classes are offered in aquatics, babysitting, nurse assistant training, BLS/CPR, first aid, AED, OSHA, and more.
Behind every American Red Cross health and safety training program stands a team of experts ensuring what is taught is based on the latest and best in emergency science.
Local casework volunteers spend every day tapping into the power of our global communications network to provide emergency communications, counseling, facilitate financial assistance, and support to military families 24/7, 365 days a year.
Our volunteer caseworkers and partners also provide social services, access to emergency travel, facilitate financial assistance through the military aid societies and provide mental health support for returning troops, National Guard and Reservists. The American Red Cross volunteers partner with the armed forces community in clinics, medical centers on military installations around the world and at VA hospitals.
The American Red Cross is launching a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years through the Home Fire Preparedness Safety Campaign.
Local international services volunteers educate the public about International Humanitarian Law and help reconnect families with loved ones around the world who are separated by war or disaster.
All international tracing services are confidential and free of charge. These services can be used if families have been separated as a result of either armed conflict or disaster; if the person making the inquiry is a close family relative who has been in direct contact with the person they are seeking before the conflict or disaster occurred; and if the family member making the inquiry provides essential information on the person they are seeking.