How to Get Involved With the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the world's foremost emergency response organization and offers several other services, as well. These include supporting military personnel and their families, international disaster relief and development, blood collection and distribution, and safety and health education. Given all that the American Red Cross does, there are many different ways to get involved.

Steps

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    Donate financially to the American Red Cross through the Internet, or via phone, text or mail. You can also give stocks and mutual funds to the Red Cross, or leave the organization money in your will.
    • The American Red Cross also benefits when you purchase medical supplies and T-shirts through its website. In addition, the organization hosts special fundraising drives when a special circumstance arises or a disaster strikes.
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    Contact your local chapter of the Red Cross to find out about volunteer opportunities in your hometown.
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    Give blood at a local blood service station near you. Or better yet, host a blood drive through your school or employer.
    • If you can't give blood, offer your time at a blood drive. Volunteers help register donors, work the canteen area, and help navigate donors through the process. There's also a need for blood donor recruitment, which involves scheduling blood drives in the community.
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    Become a board member of your local Red Cross chapter, military station or service region to help the organization develop policies and strategy when fulfilling its mission.
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    Coordinate volunteers by writing their job descriptions, helping them through orientation, keeping records, and matching volunteers with opportunities.
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    Teach a safety class offered by the American Red Cross. Safety and health classes include CPR, first aid, babysitting, life guarding and swimming, just to name a few.
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    Respond to national, state or local disasters such as fires and floods. Volunteers with disaster services can also help with clerical work and dispensing safety information to those in affected areas.
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    Help the elderly by offering companionship to home bound seniors through the Red Cross' Friendly Visitor program. Volunteers are also needed to go with elderly individuals to their health appointments.
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    Offer to key data into a computer, stuff envelopes, file, perform inventory and take part in other office duties as needed at your local American Red Cross chapter office.
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    Spend time interacting with those at an American Red Cross homeless shelter.
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    Check out the American Red Cross calendar of special events. Whether it's a workshop or a fund-raising gala, much behind-the-scenes help is needed for these events to be successful.
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    Recruit and coordinate youth volunteers, supervise youth projects and serve as a role model and leader for youth who volunteer with the American Red Cross.
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    Volunteer as an armed forces coordinator who work with local military families when emergency communication is needed to get to their loved one serving overseas.
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    Participate in the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes by sending holiday greeting cards and letters to military members serving overseas.

Tips

  • If you're thinking about volunteering with the American Red Cross, you will be joined with good company. The organization's workforce is 96 percent volunteers.


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