Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross, and we’d like you to join us. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the Red Cross mission and constitute 98% of our local workforce.
When disasters strike, our Red Cross volunteer disaster responders are on the scene to help individuals who have lost everything. From home fires to tornadoes, Red Cross volunteer disaster responders are ready seven days a week, 365 days a year to help people in their darkest hours.
The Red Cross needs you. Find out how rewarding giving your time and efforts can be, by becoming a Red Cross volunteer.
Interested in becoming a disaster volunteer responder? Here’s an overview of what you will be doing as a disaster responder….
Disaster Volunteer Responsibilities:
- Respond to local disasters, providing individuals with Red Cross assistance in the means of shelter and financial assistance to purchase food, clothing, shoes and other essential items, as well as providing them with personal hygiene kits and referrals to community partner agencies
- Complete necessary paperwork and activate client assistance cards
- Follow-up with the client/family following the initial disaster response
- Available to be on-call for disaster response shifts: Day shift: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Afterhours shift: 5:00 p.m.- 8:30 a.m. Weekend shift
- Have access to reliable cell phone and transportation
- Able to answer late night or early morning calls
- Ability to handle crisis situations, think clearly, act appropriately and handle others with compassion
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Team player with a positive attitude
Additional Requirements for Client Case Workers/Card Activators
- Computer access at home that is compatible with Red Cross database system or transportation and access to the office after hours to activate client assistance cards
- Ability to work in the office or from home
There are many other opportunities to volunteer with the Red Cross if Disaster Reponse isn’t for you. We have other opportunities for volunteers such as blood drives, office management, preparedness, health and safety, school clubs, and many more.
For more information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, click here or contact Katharine Stafford at (803) 540-1242 or at Katharine.Stafford@redcross.org.