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Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out our lifesaving mission in the event of any possible disruptions, as well as supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare.
Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this health crisis. Please rest assured that we are working with public health officials to help keep local communities and our volunteer safe. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community. We even have a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available.
The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties. You can make an appointment to give blood or platelets at RedCrossBlood.org.
Learn About Volunteer Opportunities
The vital work of the American Red Cross is made possible by people like you who contribute their unique backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Our needs change based on current events, adding flexibility to get you involved in an area that inspires you!
Explore typical opportunities on this page, or take a short quiz to discover the type of role that's right for you:
Your Local Red Cross Needs You
We have volunteer opportunities to match a wide range of interests and time commitment. Contact your local chapter to find out more about what is available in your area.
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Opportunities for Nurses and Nursing Students
Nurses have been vital to the work of the American Red Cross since 1888. Today, more than 15,000 of your fellow nurses are involved in providing disaster services, teaching and developing courses, managing blood drives and other leadership roles throughout our organization.
Network with other socially-conscious professionals while planning social fundraising events and participating in community service projects. The groups also offer leadership development and mentoring opportunities.
Receive training in Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, mass care and sheltering. Interested in formal training? Consider Ready When the Time Comes (RWTC), a corporate volunteer program that taps the human resources of corporate America, mobilizing them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
Groups can also lend their facilities in times of disaster. Your local Red Cross chapter can tell you whether any of these opportunities are available in your area.
Preparedness, Health & Safety
Help the Red Cross deliver emergency and first aid safety information directly to area communities and families by providing local disaster education or by teaching CPR and First Aid.
Service to the Armed Forces
Work with members of the military, veterans and families in military and VA health care facilities providing recreational and therapeutic services and supporting special events.
Educate Your Group
Ask your local Red Cross chapter about educational forums or speakers bureau opportunities for your organization or business to learn more about local Red Cross history, services and programs.
The Red Cross works to reconnect families who have been separated by war or disaster. Your local Red Cross chapter may have opportunities for you to help overseas disaster victims find family members in your community.
Humanitarian principles are at the core of the Red Cross mission, and continuing this work requires inspiring and engaging the next generation. We offer engaging and challenging resources for students, teachers and law and policy professionals.
Although many international disasters are managed and staffed by people living in the affected communities, volunteers with exceptional technical skills, Red Cross knowledge and disaster relief experience can apply to become part of our international disaster response roster.