From serving meals to disaster victims to helping with blood drives, volunteers contribute throughout our community. Our volunteers teach CPR and help soldiers arrange travel home for the birth of a child. They help us prepare for disaster and recover from the aftermath.
Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.
Learn about our highest-priority positions and how you can make a difference!
Blood Collection Support: Join a lifesaving team to help support blood collections in your community. Click "Apply Now," then search for “Blood” or “Biomed” in the search bar to find positions.
Disaster Action Team: You can be part of a team that helps people who are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Click "Apply Now," then search for “DAT” or “Disaster Action Team” in the search bar to find positions.
Please note: Volunteers applying for in-person position assignments must be fully vaccinated. Instructions on providing information and supporting documentation of vaccination will be provided once you submit your application.
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.
Want to start a Red Cross Club?
Learn more about how to start a Red Cross club at your local school or university. If you meet the requirements, have your adult sponsor contact Wes Smith at Wes.Smith3@redcross.org.
The American Red Cross offers internships for exceptional undergraduate and graduate college students in Missouri. However, availability is limited and applications are taken and reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
If you are interested in an internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to Mel Simth at Mel.Smith2@redcross.org.
I have questions about...
How can I volunteer for disaster relief efforts?
The first step to becoming a Red Cross Disaster Responder is to apply using the link above. Upon receipt of a background check and application, you will be contacted by someone from our team to discuss the next steps..
How do I start the process of becoming a volunteer
The first step to becoming a Red Cross volunteer is to apply using our volunteer management system Volunteer Connection. You will be required to create a profile and complete the intake steps. Link to application above.
What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. The specifics will be discussed with you by someone on our Volunteer Services team once your application and background check are received.
Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations nationally?
Yes, although you must have specific training with disaster services and be willing to serve on your local team. 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 Missouri and Arkansas Region.
How do I choose which volunteer opportunity is right for me?
Consider your schedule, how much time you are interested in dedicating your skills and talents, and where you are willing to volunteer. Once you have completed the application process and background check, a Volunteer Services representative will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities to help find the perfect match.