Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I start the process of becoming a volunteer?
A. To become a volunteer, start the process by submitting an application through Volunteer Connection. You will receive an automated email after submitting the initial step – you must click on the link in this email to activate your account. Once your Volunteer Connection account is activated, please complete all of the required steps to become an active volunteer.
Q. How old must I be to volunteer with the American Red Cross?
A. To volunteer with disaster services, you must be 18 years old. A variety of opportunities may be available for Youth Volunteers under the age of 18. Please contact your local chapter for more information.
Q. How soon may I be deployed for a disaster relief operation within the United States?
A. The American Red Cross requires all volunteers to go through the necessary training before being deployed to other parts of the country. Once trained and identified as a disaster services volunteer, you must have at least a two week (14 day) minimum availability, and be ready to travel within 24 hours of being called to deploy.
Q. Does the American Red Cross Central Florida Region accept community service hours?
A. The American Red Cross accepts community service hours needed for graduation requirements. However, we cannot accept any “court-ordered community service hours.”
Q. I’m interested in blood services. How do I volunteer for this?
A. The American Red Cross Central Florida Region does not provide blood services.
Q. What is the time commitment to volunteer?
A. Time commitments vary depending on the area in which you choose to volunteer. Many volunteers work regular schedules. As a volunteer, you may choose to volunteer as much or as little as you like. Or you may simply choose to be available only for major disasters.
Q. May I volunteer from home?
A. Our volunteer opportunities vary which enables some volunteers to work from home or in the field.