The American Red Cross is one of the most recognizable names and symbols in charity work. You would be hard-pressed to find someone that had not heard of the Red Cross. The Red Cross generally focuses on disaster relief, health and safety education and training, and blood donations.
One of the bulwarks of the Red Cross is their volunteer system. Without people taking time to help others, most of the work this organization does would never be accomplished. You too can be a volunteer at your local Red Cross. All you need to do is be willing to put in some time to help you your fellow human beings.
To find out how to volunteer, you need a computer with an Internet connection and a browser. Enter www.redcross.org into the address bar.
- On the main page, the top menu bar provides several options. Click on “Ways to Help”
- Once there, the left hand menu offers several ways to help the Red Cross. Click on “Ways to Volunteer”.
- Now, you are on a page that provides many options. You can search openings, download an app, or read up on more information relating to volunteering in your neighborhood.
- Down the left side of the page, there is further information about volunteering, from a “What You Need To Know” page to “Getting Started” opportunities.
- Once you know what you want to do, click the “Search Openings” button on the right side of the main volunteer page.
- Entering your zip code on the page that appears and leaving the other option blank will return all the volunteer opportunities in your area, as well as information about your local Red Cross organization.
- Examine the opportunities available and decide which one works best for you.
- Click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the volunteer posting.
- You will be taken to a page with different volunteer information, including a profile. Fill out the information to take advantage of the opportunities that are best for you.
Working with the Red Cross is not only personally rewarding, but it provides a sense of accomplishment that you have done something for someone else. Volunteer work is satisfying, and to be a volunteer at your local Red Cross lets you know that you are helping your community. Working to better your community benefits everyone.