Thank you for your interest in supporting Shelter Services with the American Red Cross. While you may have been motivated to sign up because of Hurricane Ian, we have immediate needs across the country as well.
Hurricane Ian relief efforts will continue for a long time, and we will need your help to provide people with food, shelter, and comfort over the next few months. Please review the Shelter Services position below and, if interested, apply. And please note that we may not call upon you right away.
We also encourage you to explore some of our most-needed positions that you can start right away in your community.
(Please note, position availability may vary based on your location and the needs of your community.)
We are facing yet another extremely busy disaster season with several active responses. You can support the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information or other areas within a shelter. Free online training will be provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel outside of their local area, a commitment of at least 14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required.
During large disasters, you can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands-on care and education to shelter residents. Free online training will be provided and 5.25 nursing contact hours are offered. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel outside of their local area, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Travel, lodging and meals are provided for deployed workers. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN. Only RNs have full scope of practice. In some areas we need qualified Mental Health professionals. Please speak with your Volunteer Services Recruitment Representative if a mental health position interests you.
As a Blood Donor Ambassador volunteer, you will engage donors by greeting, registering, answering questions, providing information, and supporting them through the recovery process at the refreshments table. The special attention you would provide helps create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support.
Every day people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters. Single- and multi-family fires account for 90% of disaster responses. You can be part of a team that helps and responds to over 60,000 emergencies every year. From offering a caring and compassionate ear, to meeting the disaster-caused needs of individuals and households, such as lodging and clothing, and connecting them with long term recovery services, our volunteers ensure that families don’t have to face tough times alone.
If you are team-oriented and want to make a difference, please consider joining the Disaster Action Team and apply now. We supply all the training you need.