The American Red Cross strives to build strong and sustainable relationships with diverse communities in the National Capital Region. Our volunteers, programs and services reach thousands of people with disaster preparedness materials and other lifesaving information. We also welcome invitations to serve Spanish-speaking communities.
To effectively staff and support American Red Cross preparedness and outreach efforts, events received with less than 30 days’ notice cannot be fulfilled. We appreciate your understanding in ensuring that we plan for the best staffing and service for your event. All fees for participation must be waived.
In our region, the American Red Cross offers the following event services and presentations. To make a request, please submit an online request by selecting the option below. Still have questions? Please email us or call (703) 584-8444.
- General Information Booth Trained Red Cross Volunteers provide preparedness and safety literature and education on Red Cross programs, services and volunteering. Events typically include booths at community fairs. Table and chairs must be provided by the event host. A minimum of 100 event attendees required.
- Host a Blood Drive Discover the benefits to hosting a blood drive, what to expect and how to make your drive a success.
- Guest Speaker As a community organization, the Red Cross is available to visit your organization or group to provide an overview of the work of the Red Cross and provide opportunities for your group can volunteer with us.
- Guest Speaker (Spanish Speaking)
- Services to the Armed Forces Speaker Learn about how the Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service.
- Preparedness Education Trained Red Cross Experts present basic preparedness information. Presentations are approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Presentations are organized sponsored events (i.e “lunch n’ learn).
- Disney Pillowcase Project Audience: Children in 3rd – 5th grade. This is a one-hour program for children in 3rd through 5th grade. This interactive program will teach kids what to do in fires or earthquakes, coping skills for stressful situations, and general preparedness information. They will receive a workbook of preparedness activities, and a Disney pillowcase to decorate at the end of the presentation. Pillowcase Project presentations are currently being scheduled and given in schools, after-school programs, Girl and Boy Scout troop meetings, and at a variety of other sites and events across the country.
- Home Fire Campaign Smoke Alarm Installation or Battery Check Working with fire departments and other partners, volunteers deploy as teams into the neighborhood to install free 10-year smoke alarms and replace smoke alarm batteries. Volunteers may serve as a smoke alarm installer, educator or documenter for this event. No experience needed; training will be provided at the event as well as a light breakfast and snacks. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to participate.