Thank you for your interest in volunteering with your local American Red Cross! The Red Cross uses the power of volunteers to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. There are positions available for people of every age, interest and physical ability.
Volunteer in Your Community!
Thank you for your interest in serving your neighbors. The American Red Cross relies on volunteers to help us with our mission of relieving human suffering by preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies.
The local American Red Cross, processes all volunteer applications and conducts volunteer training throughout Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
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.
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.
Red Cross Volunteers
Teach classes like CPR/First Aid, Babysitting and Learn to Swim
Facilitate emergency communications between military personnel and their families.
Provide community-based services for families in need such as our Meals on Wheels or Energy Assistance program
Lend professional expertise in fund raising, public relations, administration, human resources, information technology and other fields
Fill leadership roles at the Chapter, including serving on advisory committees and the Board of Directors
Help with local blood drives
Provide food, shelter, clothing, comfort and care to people affected by disasters
No matter what your specialty or available time, we have a role to serve your interests. When you volunteer your time and talents to the Red Cross, the benefits are many, including:
Local & national volunteer assignments
Networking with like-minded, caring members of the community
Opportunities to teach courses
Q. 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. You will be required to create a profile which takes less than 5 minutes and submit your volunteer application through the system. You will also be required to submit a background check. Upon receipt of your background check and application, you will be contacted by a recruiter to discuss next steps.
Q. What is Volunteer Connection?
A. Volunteer Connection serves as the primary Volunteer Management System (VMS) for the American Red Cross. Volunteer Connection provides a robust database solution for volunteer record management, as well as a dedicated volunteer member site that supports group collaboration tools, volunteer hours sign up, and much more.
Q. Why do I need an email to volunteer with the Red Cross?
A. In order to activate your Volunteer Connection account you must have an active email address. If you do not have an email address we encourage you to acquire one from one of the many free services providers.
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. What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. It can be as little as 4 hours per month to 40+ hours per week. The specifics will be discussed with you by a recruiter once your application and background check are received in Volunteer Connection, our volunteer management system.
Q. May I volunteer from home?
A. Our volunteer job opportunities vary which enables some volunteers to work from home or in the field.
Q. I am an existing American Red Cross volunteer. Can I transfer to a different region?
A. Yes, to transfer between regions please complete a volunteer transfer request within Volunteer Connection.
Q. 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!
Q. 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 your community’s needs by volunteering with your local American Red Cross chapter.
Q. How do I choose which volunteer opportunity is right for me?
Once you have completed the application process and background check, a volunteer recruiter will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities and together you will determine a match. Consider how much time you are interested in dedicating, your skills and talents, where you are willing to volunteer, and what your schedule is.