Red Cross volunteers turn compassion into action through a diverse array of programs and services. Whether it’s a single home fire or global conflict, we respond with food, shelter and care.
We provide nearly half the nation’s blood, open lines of communication between U.S. military members and their families, and empower the community to respond during times of crisis by providing training in first aid and CPR/AED.
Every day, your generous donation of time supports our crucial services. You are essential to our work.
Take the first step in becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Region by clicking on the application below.
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.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities
Disaster Cycle Services
Help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Teach people in classrooms, organizations and communities how to be Red Cross Ready or participate in our national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign by installing smoke alarms. Become a Disaster Action Team volunteer and respond directly to disasters by providing families with emergency assistance; or by supporting them on their road to recovery by becoming a Client Services Caseworker.
Service To Armed Forces (SAF)
Knowing in advance that military families will be able to reach their loved ones, and have access to financial and other types of assistance provides piece of mind to families who are separated. Volunteers can help the Red Cross provide follow-up to emergency communications for military members and their families; outreach through SAF programs like “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” or resiliency training; or work with nearby Veterans Affairs medical facilities through the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) program.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and the Red Cross is here to collect, process, and distribute blood and blood products to meet the needs of patients across the country. Blood Donor Ambassadors engage with blood donors to assist them through the collection process and to foster a commitment to regular blood donations. Additional volunteer opportunities include becoming a Transportation Specialist, delivering life-saving blood supplies to laboratories and medical facilities.
Preparedness Health and Safety
For over 50 years, the Red Cross has been teaching our communities how to swim, provide first aid, and administer CPR. Volunteer Instructors train first-responders, babysitters and others who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency and save lives.
Connect with your community by assisting your local chapter in completing necessary administrative tasks. Volunteer as a chapter receptionist or help various departments with behind the scenes work.