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March is Red Cross Month

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This article has been adapted from American Red Cross.

March kicks off Red Cross Month, a tradition that dates back to 1943, with its launch made by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This annual, nationwide tradition honors all who support and contribute to the efforts of the American Red Cross through volunteering, blood donations, financial donations, and help during times of crisis. Below are some ways to celebrate Red Cross Month in your community.


The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to support blood collection and disaster relief efforts. You can sign up to become a blood donor ambassador, transportation specialist, or member of their disaster action team. The American Red Cross also has a wide variety of remote volunteer opportunities.  

Learn life-saving skills

The American Red Cross offers courses such as CPR, First Aid training, lifeguard training, and swimming and water safety, to name a few. And some of their classes (such as their First Aid training) even satisfy OSHA and workplace safety certification requirements. There are in-person, online, and blended courses available. 

Donate blood

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the American Red Cross has experienced a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood. As a result, the American Red Cross has limited its blood distribution to hospitals. You can help by making an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a donation drive or site in your area. 

Give financially

You can give a one-time or recurring donation in any amount to help support American Red Cross efforts. 

Visit American Red Cross for more details about Red Cross Month and stay updated on their national and local efforts.


Explore current American Red Cross volunteering opportunities on Idealist.