How can I volunteer for disaster relief efforts?
The first step to becoming a Red Cross Disaster Responder is to apply using our volunteer management system Volunteer Connection.
To begin, create a profile. It takes less than five minutes. Submit your volunteer application through the system and request a background check. Upon receipt of your background check and application, you will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator to discuss the next steps.
What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. Coordinators will discuss specifics with you after you complete the application process in Volunteer Connection, our volunteer management system.
Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations nationally?
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 with your local chapter. There is no better time than now to start, so complete an application today!
Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations outside of the United States?
Typically, there are very few volunteers deployed internationally, and they are specially trained to manage international emergency operations. Please consider supporting our community’s local needs by volunteering with the American Red Cross Indiana Region.
Where can I learn more about how to help?
Once you have completed the application process you will sign up for Volunteer Orientation. At that time we will go through all of the volunteer opportunities currently available. If you have additional questions, please call (888) 684-1441, or email VolunteerSupportIN@redcross.org.
How do I choose which volunteer opportunity is right for me?
Once you have completed the application process and background check, a volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities, and together you will find a match. Consider how much time you are interested in dedicating, your skills and talents, where you are willing to volunteer and your schedule.