Volunteer Opportunities

The Red Cross offers challenging and rewarding volunteer opportunities. The following are volunteer position descriptions, which we offer at the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland. We invite you to search for a volunteer opportunity that best suits your skills and interests.

Title: Special Events
Description: You will be assisting with various short-term projects/events. Volunteer assignments vary but may include assisting with registration at community events, fund-raising, and community education.
Qualifications: A comfort level of working with the public; be a self-starter. Valid Driver License required.
Training Provided: You will receive on-the-job training as it pertains to your responsibilities.
Position Reports To: Marketing and Communication Volunteer Liaison
Location: Greater Cleveland Chapter, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
Time Commitment: On an as-needed basis, varying from two hours to one day during core business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Potential Benefits for You: You may increase your knowledge of fundraising, disaster information, community assistance and your customer service skills.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Volunteer Recruiter
Description: You will assist the staff in planning and preparations of recruitment meetings and events. Staff recruitment booths/tables at community events, etc. throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties. Speak to large or small groups about the American Red Cross volunteer positions and the valubalbe work volunteers do in the community. Encourage interested parties in learning more about becoming a volunteer with the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland. During times of major disaster support the Volunteer Office and Disaster Staffing Team as needed.
Qualifications: Strong written and oral communication skills; experience speaking in public; clear and articulate speaking voice, use of appropriate language, with good listening skills, problem-solving abilities; ability to work independently; reliable transportation, capable of transporting display unit and recruitment materials.
Training Provided: You must complete the Volunteer Information Session (online), National American Red Cross Orientation (online), Introduction to Disaster (online) and Fulfilling the Mission courses. You will be given task instruction as needed.
Position Reports To: Manager of Volunteerism, Office of Volunteer Personnel
Location: Greater Cleveland Chapter, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
Time Commitment: Once per month,two to six hours per day
Potential Benefits for You: You may increase your speaking and interpersonal skills along with your administrative abilities.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Blood Drive -- Family, Friends, or Team Volunteer
Description: You will organize and lead your family, friends, club, retiree team, church group, school class, scout troop, etc. to help the Red Cross at local blood drives by recruiting blood donors, assisting with registration, and helping out in the canteen area.
Qualifications: Good social, interpersonal, and team leadership skills.
Training Provided: You will be oriented to the American Red Cross, Blood Services and Skills Training; receive on-going training as needed; some positions require additional regulated training classes.
Position Reports To: Blood Services Staff
Location: At locations throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties
Time Commitment: Flexible hours during days, evenings, and weekends
Potential Benefits for You: You may gain a sense of accomplishment by making a difference in your community; increase your organizational, and team leadership abilities.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Disaster Action Team (DAT)
Description: You will assist in providing relief to disaster victims by attending to immediate needs of individuals and families, such as food, shelter, clothing, first aid, and other emergency needs.
Qualifications: You must be 18 years of age; have a Social Security Number; have a valid Driver License; be in good health; be involved at the local Red Cross Chapter; have a high school education or equivalent; complete required training within one year.
Training Provided: Introduction to Disaster, Fulfilling our Mission, Mass Care, Client Casework, Shelter Operations and other related training.
Position Reports To: Team Captain and DAT Coordinator
Location: Throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties
Time Commitment: Must be able to be on call during 12 hours shifts
Potential Benefits for You: You may learn about disaster assessment, how to provide client assistance, and increase your problem-solving and crisis decision-making skills.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Disaster Services Health Services
Description: You will provide health-related services and secure resources to meet the health needs of people affected by disaster. Provide support to people who have disaster-related or disaster-aggravated health needs. Help clients find resources to meet health-related financial obligations. Provide Red Cross finanical assistance to clients for medical expenses, as necessary.
Qualifications: Only licensed M.D/D.O, R.N, L.P.N/L.V.N, E.M.T, Paramedics, P.A, Allied Health Workers. Student nurses with current First Aid and CPR training. All must agree to work within the American Red Cross Health Services protocols.
Training Provided: Introduction to Disaster, Fulfilling Our Mission, Disaster Health Services Overview, Disaster Health Services Simulation and other courses pertinent to disaster services.
Position Reports To: Disaster Health Services Coordinator
Location: Throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties
Time Commitment: On-call status
Potential Benefits for You: You'll gain a sense of accomplishment in helping your community in a time of crisis and distress.

Note: A clear criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Speakers Bureau
Description: You will be speaking to groups in business and community settings about the services of the American Red Cross as well as helping people prepare for, prevent, and respond to emergencies.
Qualifications: Experience in public speaking; appropriate public appearance and social skills; ability to answer questions in a spontaneous environment; general knowledge of the Red Cross services, CPR & First Aid.
Training Provided: You will receive training including a general orientation to the organization, community speaker's overview session, and quarterly meetings.
Position Reports To: Marketing and Communications Office Manager
Location: Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties
Time Commitment: Varies with event or presentation, daytime, evenings, and weekends
Potential Benefits for You: You may increase your effective public speaking skills and networking abilities within the business and civic communities.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: International Disaster Relief
Description: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the “Movement”) has a strong presence in the event of an international disaster and in coordinating appropriate response activities. Though the American National Red Cross is part of the Movement, the Greater Cleveland Chapter is not directly involved with dispatching disaster volunteers to these types of crises. Check out www.ifrc.org or www.ifrc.org/address/directory.asp for additional information on International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies. Locally, however, your Greater Cleveland Chapter responds to disasters nearly every day. You can help your community now by becoming a member of our Disaster Action Team. The requisite training also serves as the basis for becoming a volunteer able to respond to national and international disasters. The first step in your training is to complete a Volunteer Information Session. Click here to take the VIS online class or to view the VIS schedule and sign up for the session that will fit your schedule. If you are anxious to go abroad now, there are other volunteer organizations whose mission is to send volunteers abroad. You should check with your local Volunteer Center or access the hyperlinks on www.disasterrelief.org for details on other organizations that respond to crises abroad.
Qualifications: Be 18 years of age; have a Social Security Number; a valid driver’s license; be in good health; be involved at the local Red Cross Chapter; a high school education or equivalent; complete required training within one year; have a current First Aid and CPR certification recognized by the American Red Cross; complete all necessary Red Cross training courses; sign the Code of Conduct and Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Movement; adhere to standards for identification and proper attire of Red Cross workers. Travel Requirements: Be 18 years of age; hold a valid driver’s license; provide signed health status report; have access to CrossNet; have an e-mail address.
Training Provided: Introduction to Disaster, Introduction to Community Services, Client Services, and Shelter Operations and other training specific to Disaster Services Human Resources.
Position Reports To: Dependent on the assignment
Location: Dependent on the assignment
Time Commitment: Long-term assignments from 3 to 12 months
Potential Benefits for You: You may learn about damage assessment; increase problem-solving skills; and an opportunity to travel.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Disaster Casework Team
Description: Under supervision, provide casework and supportive services to active duty personnel, their dependents, veterans and their survivors, disaster victims, homeless clients and civilians seeking our assistance. Assistance extended is in accordance with policies established by the American Red Cross and the Cleveland Chapter as requested by the client in an interview or telephone request. Answer questions from general public, and Red Cross clients, which requires general knowledge of Emergency Services policies and procedures.
Qualifications: Demonstrated concern for people needing help and an appreciation for and understanding of the client’s feelings and experience. Have respect for the confidential nature of information to enable the client to become independent of the agency’s help. Articulate and able to explain complex information in simple terms. Must be computer literate. Able to work independently after receiving training. Some college course work required. Graduate of an accredited college or university with a major in social work, sociology, psychology or related field preferred. Some experience in a social service agency is an advantage.
Training Provided: Volunteer Information Session, Introduction to Disaster Services, Fulfilling the Mission, Client Casework, Client Assistance System (CAS), Shadowing experience provided and mentor assigned.
Position Reports To: Casework Manager
Location: Chapter Headquarters, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Time Commitment: One or more days per week, for 4 to 6 hours between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Potential Benefits for You: You may have a chance to make an impact on people in your community and/or in the USA; travel and be introduced to different cultures.

Note: A criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed


Title: Blood Drive Volunteer
Description: Assist in the operation of a blood drive. Canteen Host, Registration, Bag Labeler & Family, Friends, or Team Volunteering
Qualifications: Good customer service, interpersonal and communication skills; possess a comfort level when meeting and directing new people. and knowledgeable about the importance of blood donations.
Training Provided: You will be oriented to the American Red Cross, Blood Services, and Skills Training; receive on-going training as needed; some positions require additional regulated training classes.
Position Reports To: Blood Services Staff
Location: At locations throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties - local to volunteers
Time Commitment: 6 hour shifts, (3 hour minimum); flexible – days, evenings, and possible weekends
Potential Benefits for You: You may gain a sense of accomplishment in helping your community; have an opportunity to meet new people.

Note: A criminal background check may be conducted on all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Disaster Services Human Resources
Description: Assist the Greater Cleveland Chapter to prepare for and respond to major disasters that occur locally and/or nationally. Participate in ongoing preparedness activities and exercises. Will be required to respond promptly to communications.
Qualifications: Excellent oral and communication skills and demonstrated willingness to help individuals. No criminal history, hold a valid Ohio drivers license, access to phone/pager, and reliable transportation.
Training Provided: 1) Introduction to Disaster (4-5-hours), 2) Orientation for Disaster Services Staff 3) Standard First Aid & CPR (5-6-hours), 4) Specific group & activity training (varies by group & activity, general 2-3 additional 4-8-hour courses.)
Position Reports To: Group or Activity Lead & Coordinator of Disaster Volunteers
Location: Throughout Cuyahoga County & nationally as required.
Time Commitment: Up to 12 hours shift during major disasters for 3 weeks intervals.
Potential Benefits for You: Receive a sense of accomplishment by impacting your community, and increase problem-solving and crisis decision-making skills.

Note: A criminal background check may be conducted on all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Financial Development Intern
Description: Work closely with the members of the Office of Financial Development to coordinate, implement and evaluate fundraising activities.
Qualifications: Ability to establish tasks, priorities and set schedules to achieve goals; Self-motivated; independent worker requiring minimal supervision; Skilled at multi-tasking; Excellent verbal and written communication; Relates well to others; is open, friendly and engaging Phone skills; customer service; Available occasional weekends and evenings; Computer skills required (Microsoft Office)
Training Provided: (includes, but not limited to) Provide a variety of services related to fundraising appeals; General office support; Contact funders, as needed; Attend fundraising and donor appreciation events as volunteer, as needed; Other related duties as assigned
Position Reports To: Department Representative
Location: Greater Cleveland Chapter, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Time Commitment: Flexible, primarily during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Potential Benefits for You: You may gain experience and skills in areas of your concentration.

Note: A criminal background check may be conducted on all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Disaster Mental Health Services
Description: You will provide mental health-related services and secure resources to meet the needs of people affected by disaster. Provide support to people who have disaster-related or disaster-aggravated health needs. Help clients find resources to mental health-related financial obligations.
Qualifications: Only licensed Mental Health Care Providers. All must agree to work within the American Red Cross Health Services protocols.
Training Provided: Introduction to Disaster, Fulfilling Our Mission, and other courses pertinent to disaster services.
Position Reports To: Disaster Services Coordinator
Location: Throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake Counties
Time Commitment: On-call status
Potential Benefits for You: You'll gain a sense of accomplishment in helping your community in a time of crisis and distress.

Note: A clear criminal background check is required for all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.


Title: Special Events Intern
Description: Work closely with Special Events Manager to plan, implement, execute and evaluate events including raise funds and logistical support for special events
Qualifications: Ability to establish tasks, priorities and set schedules to achieve goals; Detail-oriented but also understands how each part “fits into the whole;” Self-motivated; independent worker requiring minimal supervision; Ability to multi-task; Excellent verbal and written communication; Relates well to others; is open, friendly and engaging; Excellent phone skills; customer service; Available occasional weekends and evenings; Computer skills required (Microsoft Office)
Training Provided: Provide a variety of services in preparation for fundraising committee meetings; General office support; Create event-related collateral; Contact funders, as needed; Help to organize event day details and logistics; Make follow-up calls and maintain event supporter lists; Attend events as volunteer and assist with coordination of day-of activities; Other related duties as assigned
Position Reports To: Department Representative
Location: Greater Cleveland Chapter, 3747 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Time Commitment: Flexible, primarily during the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Potential Benefits for You: You may gain experience and skills in areas of your concentration.

Note: A criminal background check may be conducted on all volunteer candidates prior to being placed.