Committed and compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross in the Central & Southern Ohio Region. As a volunteer, you play a vital role in fulfilling the Red Cross mission to strengthen our communities.
When you join the American Red Cross, you’ll join a worldwide movement dedicated to providing relief to victims of disaster. Whether you’re in career transition, a student looking for experience, work full-time, retired, or have a few extra hours, you too can make a difference and save lives.
By volunteering with the American Red Cross, you’ll join a worldwide movement dedicated to providing relief to victims of disaster. Whether you’re in career transition, a student looking for experience, work full-time, retired, or have a few extra hours, you too can make a difference and save lives.
Most-Needed Volunteers: Shelter Service Associates and Shelter Supervisors
Be ready to help your local community! Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Train now to be a Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteer so you can answer the call when your community needs it most!
We will need volunteers to help support emergency shelters by staffing different areas including reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available. Will you be ready to roll up your sleeves and help?
Search for “Shelter” in the search bar to find positions.
Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross.
Our work is possible because of people like you.
Discover the role that's right for you and join us today!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I volunteer for disaster relief efforts? How do I start the process of becoming a volunteer? What is the time commitment required to volunteer? Get the answers to your questions here.
How can I volunteer for disaster relief efforts?
The first step to becoming a Red Cross Disaster Response volunteer 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. Then, attend a volunteer orientation. Upon receipt of your background check and application, and attendance at an orientation, you will be contacted by someone from within the department you choose to volunteer 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 Ohio Buckeye 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 614-253-5476.
How do I choose which volunteer opportunity is right for me?
In addition to completing the application process and background check, you will attend a Volunteer Orientation at which time we will review all of the volunteer opportunities available. Consider how much time you are interested in dedicating, your skills and talents, where you are willing to volunteer and your schedule.