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 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.
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 a recruiter once your application and background check are received in Volunteer Connection.
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.
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 of Southwest Washington.
Where can I learn more about how to help?
Basic information about the American Red Cross and volunteer service can be found in the on-line orientation. Upon further review, if you have additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.