Join us through virtual or hands-on volunteer opportunities as we help individuals, families and communities Prepare, Respond and Recover when faced with emergencies.
When you join the American Red Cross, you are joining a worldwide movement dedicated to providing relief to people impacted by disasters. Whether you work full-time, are in career transition, a student looking for experience, active duty military, a veteran, retired or only have a few extra hours a month, you too can make a difference and save lives.
Here are just a few volunteer opportunities available in the Central and South Texas Region.
Help People Displaced by Disaster
Shelter Staff – Help set up shelters for people displaced by disasters. Assist with greeting those coming into the shelter, registration, feeding, and other daily activities. Leadership and supervisory opportunities are available for those interested.
Health Services Staff – Licensed healthcare professionals are needed to help carry out a wide range of daily activities in disaster shelters. From replacing medications and durable medical equipment lost during disasters, to screening for COVID-19 symptoms, and assessing first-aid needs of people arriving at shelters. Healthcare professionals play a vital role in maintaining healthy disaster shelters.
Licensed professionals include:
Registered Nurse (RN) | Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) | Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) | Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) | Paramedic | Medical Doctor (MD) | Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) | Physician Assistant (PA) | Nurse Practitioner (NP) | Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Disaster Mental Health – Coping with disaster can be difficult and many people impacted by disasters need help overcoming feelings of stress and anxiety. Disaster Mental Health volunteers help provide mental health intervention where needed and help facilitate long term recovery.
Help Engage, Prepare and Organize the Volunteer Workforce
Disaster Workforce Engagement - Help ensure volunteers are engaged in the Red Cross mission and have access and opportunities for training in their positions, so they are ready to help when disasters strikes.
Staff Services – Ensure disaster operations are properly staffed by assigning volunteers to appropriate shifts and positions while providing excellent customer services to volunteers and staff on disaster operations.
Help People Recover from Disaster
Recovery Planning Casework - Support long-term recovery of individuals, families, and communities affected by disasters by assisting with recovery planning problem-solving and advocacy.
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.
Central and South Texas Academic Service Learning Program
The American Red Cross offers Academic Service Learning Programs (ASL) throughout the Central and South Texas Region. ASL is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. College and universities partner with the American Red Cross and the communities we serve to foster an environment where students learn about themselves and the community by taking action through service.
While providing volunteer service in their communities, students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world. They then reflect their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.
Through training and mentorship, students:
• Are involved in projects critical to the day-to-day work of our non-profit organization, gaining an insider’s perspective on our mission.
• Gain professional experience and exposure to the non-profit sector.
• Receive networking, personal and professional development opportunities.
If you have any questions regarding ASL opportunities or want to learn more about our program, email CSTR@redcross.org