This article has been adapted from the American Red Cross.
Life’s emergencies do not stop, and neither do the almost 300,000 individuals who volunteer their time to support the mission of the American Red Cross, helping to staff blood drives, help out at veterans’ hospitals, teach people lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR, respond to disasters and so much more.
Volunteers make up more than 90% of the American Red Cross workforce. To attract even more outstanding individuals, The American Red Cross recently kicked off Resolve to Volunteer, a campaign to support volunteer recruitment efforts.
The need for volunteers remains critical and constant, and there are a variety of volunteer positions available. Below are a few positions that the American Red Cross is looking to fill:
- Blood Donor ambassadors: Volunteers in this role engage with blood donors at blood drives by greeting, registering, answering questions, providing information, and supporting them through the recovery process at the refreshments table.
- Transportation specialists: There is an immediate need for volunteer transportation specialists to deliver blood from American Red Cross facilities to local hospitals. This is a great opportunity if you have a little free time, love driving, and enjoy meeting new people.
- Disaster Action Team member: Disaster Action Team volunteers respond day and night to meet the immediate needs of their neighbors after an emergency. Support may include financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging, emotional support, replacing prescription medications, and other critically needed items.
- Shelter services: Support day-to-day activities in an emergency shelter by helping with tasks such as reception, registration, food service, and providing information. Free online training will be provided.
- Disaster health services: These valuable volunteers use their professional skills as licensed healthcare providers to deliver hands-on care to people in shelters. Providers such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, medical doctors, and paramedics are welcome to offer their services. There is also a significant need for mental health services volunteers.
- Service to the armed forces clinic volunteers: Help enhance patients' morale by providing direct and indirect assistance to patient care activities in military treatment clinics.