Red Cross Activity Guides

The American Red Cross has developed fun activity guides for your group to use to help spread the word about the Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Activity guides can be used by Red Cross Clubs, groups, or classes that want to organize around Red Cross mission-related activities.


Red Cross Pathways: Pathways is an exciting resource we hope you will enjoy using at your Club meetings and with your fellow volunteers! The goal of Pathways is to compile personal involvement timelines from youth and young adult volunteers to highlight unique points and trends in our individual Red Cross journeys. These timelines can be publicized on personal social media platforms and shared within your region (consider their social media channels) and Red Cross Club. Pathways of varied experiences by Red Cross youth and young adults aim to inspire others to seek leadership positions and diverse volunteer opportunities in their regions. These timelines can also help identify and explore other opportunities of involvement or to showcase the path that each volunteer took in their Red Cross journey.We’ve included a sample of Pathways below. Now, it’s your turn! Download the template provided here and create your own Pathway with the instructions listed. Feel free to share this with others to talk about your unique Red Cross journey or as an ice breaker to get to know each other better!

Disaster Relief

Disaster Speaks

Disaster Speaks is a powerful event that gives you the opportunity to personalize disaster. Large boxes will represent lost homes and will have stories attached about someone who has made the unthinkable journey through a disaster.


MapSwipe carries on the legacy of Missing Maps by expanding the use of data and technology to support humanitarian work and planning! It is an event-based opportunity for volunteers to aid humanitarians around the world by ensuring map data is accurate and up to date. 

Prepare and Share Kit Drive

Preparedness Week is a five-day campaign that aims to motivate students to prepare themselves and their peers in case of a disaster.

Preparedness Week

A five-day campaign that aims to motivate students to take action in preparing themselves and their peers in case of a disaster!

Ready Relay

Ready Relay is a fun and interactive way to learn about emergency preparedness and responses in the case of natural disasters. Participants compete in teams of four to six against other teams to complete a series of Red Cross mission-related tasks.

Virtual Fire Safety Canvassing

Fire Safety Canvassing is an activity in which volunteers will organize activities to spread the message of fire safety to keep people safe. 

Zombie Apocalypse Party

The Zombie Apocalypse Party utilizes an impending “zombie apocalypse” to help educate your school and community about how to prepare for disasters. Dress in your best zombie costumes and enjoy games, snacks, or other fun activities while you educate your community about ways to survive a zombie outbreak.  

Blood Services

Hosting a Blood Drive

Host a blood drive to give community members the opportunity to donate blood with the American Red Cross.

Iron Rich Feast

The Iron-Rich Feast is a community dinner hosted before a blood drive. Since giving blood requires a healthy iron level, your club can host a feast and serve iron-rich foods. 

Sickle Cell Social Influencer 

A socially engaging way to raise sickle cell awareness and share educational material

Training & Certification

Teaching Water Safety to Youth 
Water safety outreach can be taught by youth leaders to help raise children’s awareness of safe behavior in, on, and around the water. Red Cross programming is available for elementary-school-aged children and older youth in middle or high school. 

Service to the Armed Forces

Birthday Party For Veterans

The American Red Cross is committed to supporting military members, their families, and veterans through its Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) line of service. This activity is a birthday party hosted at a local veterans’ hospital or veterans’ program. 

Totes of Hope

Totes of Hope is a personal care kit drive in which items for homeless veterans are collected, assembled in a backpack or tote bag, and distributed through veterans’ hospitals or outreach programs. 

International Services

IHL Bingo

International Humanitarian Law Bingo is an activity that educates participants about various aspects of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Cultural Property law. Participants will undergo a review session of the annual Youth Action Campaign (YAC) theme and IHL in general then play a version of bingo where the called-out spaces will be in the format of a question and the associated space on the individual’s bingo board will be the answer.

IHL in the Movies

Teach International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by watching a movie and discussing how IHL rules and principles apply. Invite student groups, Red Cross volunteers, or anyone interested in learning about IHL. 

Measles and Rubella Partnership Awareness Campaign

By organizing an awareness campaign (in-person or virtual), you will educate others about the Measles & Rubella Partnership (M&RP), help save children from these diseases, and support the Red Cross mission. 

Raid Cross

Raid Cross is a role-playing simulation activity that helps students understand the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) – and recognize that even war has limits.

Vaccinate a Village
Vaccinate a Village is a fundraising activity in which you become a Measles & Rubella Partnership (M&RP) advocate by raising awareness about vaccine-preventable deaths and raising funds to help support vaccination campaigns around the world. 


Change for Change

Change for Change is a coin-drive fundraising competition to raise money for the American Red Cross. The Red Cross cannot prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies without the money to do so.

Dodgeball Tournament

A Red Cross Dodgeball Tournament is a fundraiser and friendly competition between school clubs, Red Cross Clubs, or even entire schools. Co-ed teams of eight players pay an entry fee to play against each other tournament style until there is one winner.  

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a service-based, group-fundraising activity that allows community members to use their group to perform various outdoor tasks for a small fee.

Mingle for a Mission

Mingle for a Mission is a social activity where youth and young adults converge in person or virtually to mingle, network, learn about, and/or raise money for the American Red Cross. 

Top Fundraising Ideas

There are so many ways to raise money for the American Red Cross. Here are some fundraising ideas you can use to help get you started.


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