The American Red Cross is looking for community leaders to serve on our boards.
Interested inimplementing corporate strategies and operations of the American Red Cross in your community? As a chapter board member, your leadership, advocacy and support help prevent and alleviate human suffering for people in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
If you are interested in serving as a Red Cross chapter board member, please let us know!
About Red Cross
About Red Cross Governance
The governing body of the American Red Cross is the Board of Governors, which has all powers of governing and directing, and of overseeing the management of the business and affairs of the organization.
The corporate governance principles of the American Red Cross are found in the Congressional Charter of the American Red Cross and a series of documents adopted by the Board of Governors and reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the organization and reflect current industry best practices.
Board members serve as volunteer partners of the American Red Cross leadership at the local level. Chartered by Congress as a single-entity corporation, the American Red Cross operates as a national network, with the chapters as local units of the corporation. The effectiveness of chapter boards directly affects the ability of the Red Cross to deliver essential services, raise funds, and represent the Red Cross in each community, and across the entire chapter network.
The purpose of the local board is to implement corporate strategies and operations of the American Red Cross at the local level. As a chapter board member, your leadership, advocacy and support help alleviate suffering for people facing emergencies.
The ideal board member is a passionate leader who desires to make an impact in their community. Board members are ambassadors for the Red Cross who can effectively connect the Red Cross with their community, harnessing the power of humanity to build a more resilient community, save lives and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
Partner with the Executive Director to provide guidance in the development of local strategies to deliver the Red Cross mission in all areas, including: disaster services, biomedical services, preparedness and health and safety services, international services, service to the armed forces, and community outreach to volunteers and partners.
Recruit volunteers, blood donors and financial donors.
Participate actively in executing the resource development strategy, such as fundraising, blood sponsor and/or donor recruitment, in accordance with the unit’s targets and financial goals.
Represent the Red Cross in the community by increasing presence, awareness, and support for the Red Cross throughout the unit’s jurisdiction.
Support the Executive Director in building relationships with state and local governments, community organizations, and hospitals, as appropriate.
Chapter Board Administration
Support the election of board officers – chair, vice chair(s), a secretary and such additional officers as the board may choose.
Attend board and committee meetings, review management reports, and participate in planning processes.
Recruit and orient new board members with the skills necessary for an effective board and who reflect the diversity of the local community; and
Contribute to ongoing evaluation the board’s performance.
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Providing Lifesaving Blood
As a pediatric hematologist and oncologist and Red Cross board member, Dr. A. Kyle Mack unites his passions to help others, particularly his patients with sickle cell disease who require regular blood transfusions. To meet the ongoing demand for unique blood types, Dr. Mack recruited local businesses, faith-based groups and schools to host blood drives and helped create a special program to collect and earmark the blood. Dr. Mack’s dedication is making a lifesaving difference for patients with sickle cell disease.
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Helping to Save Lives Around the World
Inspired by the work of the American Red Cross-supported Measles and Rubella Initiative,
board member Kathy Flynn has invested in the program and traveled to Kenya, Malawi and Indonesia to volunteer as an independent monitor for the vaccination campaigns. “I believe not only that it is possible to eradicate measles in the next few years as a result of this initiative, but that in so doing we are improving the lives of everyone on our shared planet,” said Kathy.
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Providing Lifesaving Training
Board member Ray Wiley is a true champion of Red Cross lifesaving training, dedicating more than 30 years to teaching CPR and First Aid. Because of Ray’s commitment, countless community members have the ability to recognize emergency situations and respond with appropriate care. “I believe everyone should have this training because it is so valuable,”
said Ray. “We never know when we might need these skills to help someone.”
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Saving Lives Through Sound the Alarm
Keenly aware of Sound the Alarm’s lifesaving impact,board member JanetProtasiewicz wanted to makeher region’s smoke alarminstallation event a success. However, as a circuit courtjudge, she was prohibited from raising funds to supportit. Instead, Janet recruited more than 40 friends andcolleagues, including judges, court commissioners andattorneys to help install smoke alarms and save lives.
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Delivering Hope During Disasters
Board member Shishir Shahbegan his Red Cross journey as a volunteer, providing relief, comfort and hope to disaster survivors. As he deepened his engagement, he quickly realized the importance of financial support to fulfill our mission. Whether he is driving an emergency response vehicle to a disaster, delivering nourishing meals to survivors or managing a shelter, Shishir helps through his generous gifts of time and money.
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Supporting the Military, Veterans and Their Families
As a fierce Red Cross advocate, board member Susan Jernigan leverages her personal relationships to serve others. After Hurricane Irma, Susan called on a local military base, securing a battalion of soldiers to help clean, repair and load more than 1,000 cots before they were transported to another shelter location.
Because of Susan’s steadfast support and strong relationships, the Red Cross was able to provide comfort and care for people in their darkest hours.
Requirements to Serve on a Chapter Red Cross Board
Serve on a committee
Regularly attend board meetings
Contribute towards fundraising goals
Serve as a One Red Cross Ambassador
Recruit volunteers and support strong volunteer engagement
Develop and implement an individual Board Member Engagement Plan
Participate in Volunteer Satisfaction survey and the Board Member Survey