The Red Cross welcomes volunteers in all of our service areas. However, at this time, there are a few roles that need to be filled most urgently. If you are open to exploring those opportunities, please click the button below.
Thank you for your interest in supporting Red Cross Shelter Services.
We are facing yet another extremely busy disaster season. 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.
Are you a calm and compassionate person who can work with individuals and families who are experiencing loss and uncertainty during a disaster?
Shelter Services volunteers support the day-to-day activities within a shelter, which can include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information and more. Before, during and/or after a disaster event, you'll work directly with shelter residents to ensure their basic needs are met and help them access additional services.
You’ll need to meet these important qualifications:
Communicate in a professional manner with diverse populations
Read, write, hear and speak English in a legible and understandable manner
Demonstrate excellent customer service and comfort working with people
Follow COVID-19 protocols and mitigation measures
Exhibit five key courtesies: respect, compassion, communication, collaboration, competence
On average, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. Some of them require us to set up and staff temporary disaster shelters. As a volunteer with shelter services, you will help create a safe and welcoming experience for our clients. Each volunteer shift you take is another opportunity to help people in their hour of greatest need.
If you are local to the disaster: multiple shifts (4-12 hours each) or
If you will need to travel: 14 consecutive days of 8-12 hour shifts
Compassionate, clear and diplomatic communication skills
Comfortable interacting with people from diverse background whose lives have been disrupted
Ability to work in a continuously changing environment in which work priorities may change frequently
Ability to follow safety protocols and directions consistently and thoroughly