- On-call seven days per month, for at least one year; visits are typically 60-90 minutes
- 18+; pass a background check
- Varies by disaster site
- Varies by disaster site
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You need extremely strong interpersonal and communication and listening skills. You’ll be working with a person who is experiencing a very stressful situation and may be in a state of shock. You’re interested in learning the best ways to balance being a shoulder to cry on while also being straight-forward enough to help someone process what they need to do. You know the importance of self-care so that you can continue to help others in the future without being too drained. In other words, you can find the balance between being empathetic without getting too emotionally invested.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
What Others are Saying
"I initially signed up in response to the Flint water crisis. However, I soon became involved in the Disaster Action Team, responding to calls to help folks affected by home fires in Kent County, first as initial moral support and connecting people to community resources, and then helping people get medications and medical equipment replaced that have been lost in the fire. It's rewarding to watch folks start to calm down and think about how to move forward after such a world-shaking event like a home fire. And then, of course, it's great when folks thank us for what we do and express a desire to 'pass if on' once they get back on their feet."Louise
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the American Red Cross directly.
What to Expect
Contact Nikki to let her know you’re interested, and she’ll send you a link to an online profile and application. Your application will be reviewed by the national office and then referred to a local team that will set up an interview with you. They’ll meet with you to get to know you better, learn about your strengths and interests, and discuss how you react to change, handle problems, and respond to urgent situations. (A New Member volunteer will be your point of contact as you are onboarded into this role.) There are in-person orientation classes (which are also online if you cannot attend), and you’ll get the chance to ride along with current volunteers a few times to get a sense for what the work is really like. There are a few more online trainings to complete before you officially get started on your own.