Your time and talent can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. That’s 15 volunteers for every one employee. Our vital work is only possible because of our amazing cadre of volunteers.
Nearly 400,000 individuals volunteered nationwide with the American Red Cross last year, but our volunteers aren’t just a number. Volunteers are the heart of the Red Cross, and we couldn’t fulfill our lifesaving mission without them. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
Here in Eastern Pennsylvania we have over 3,800 volunteers throughout the 17 county region. Volunteers with the American Red Cross can set flexible schedules in volunteer positions that appeal to their specific skills or interests. The American Red Cross provides compassionate care in five critical areas with many opportunities within each department:
- People affected by disasters
- Support for members of the military, veterans and their families
- Blood collection, processing and distribution
- Health and safety education and training
- International relief and development
In Eastern Pennsylvania, we responded to over 1,200 disasters last year. We train and send volunteers to respond both locally and to help in national disaster relief efforts. We help educate communities through preparedness presentations on how to prevent and prepare for emergencies.
The Red Cross responds to military families experiencing an immediate need by providing emergency communications, family follow up, access to financial assistance, and disaster services. The American Red Cross serves the military community and military medical facilities including military and VA hospitals, VA outpatient clinics, military community health care clinics, Veteran Centers, Veteran Community Living Centers, and Veteran State Homes.
The Red Cross is one of the nation’s largest blood collection organizations. We need more donor ambassadors, transportation specialists, and community outreach specialists.
Preparedness and Health and Safety Services is the prime provider of education on first aid, CPR, AED, aquatics, and water safety and we need instructors to help train the communities.
Beyond our core focus areas, there are opportunities in fundraising, special events, communications, writing and social media outreach, volunteer management, community outreach, office administration, and board member positions.
Our volunteers give their time and talent every day to the Red Cross because the Red Cross is needed every day. By volunteering with the American Red Cross, you can truly make a difference in a variety of ways. Visit: www.redcross.org/volunteer to become a volunteer today.