Volunteer for the Red Cross. You'll make a difference in the lives of others, but you'll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours.
Volunteer orientation sessions are held monthly at the Chapter offices and other convenient locations. It's a great way to learn more about our programs and services and how you can help! We offer day and evening sessions. Click here for dates and times, as well as a listing of current volunteer opportunities.
For a look at our volunteer handbook, see the bottom of this page to access a copy.
Volunteering for the Red Cross is a great way to do something for your community. What you may not expect is what it can do for you.
Every day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies... whether it's half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Our vital work is made possible by people like you, who learn how good it can feel to lend a helping hand. Red Cross "everyday heroes" come from all walks of life. They're all ages. Everyone has something special to offer... including you.
Many volunteers have life changing moments with the Red Cross. There’s a special feeling you get helping someone when they need it most.
You don’t need special skills to be a volunteer. We’ll train you. Many volunteers bring skills from work or personal experience, but others choose to work in completely unrelated fields. We have volunteer openings for people of all skills and abilities.
You can set the pace as a volunteer. Choose your area of work, your hours, and your monthly commitment. And if you want, you can invest the time to advance to leadership roles in nearly every volunteer category.
So contact us today; you might discover a skill you never knew you had, or a way to use your existing skills that you never imagined. Either way, we know you’ll discover that nothing feels better than neighbors helping neighbors.
Some Red Cross Volunteer Facts:
- Volunteers constitute 97 percent of the American Red Cross work force.
- Every year, the Red Cross is there for hurricane, earthquake, and other disaster victims - including 150 families forced from their homes by fire every day.
- 175,000 volunteers worked to prevent, prepare for and respond to nearly 64,000 disaster incidents last year. Locally, the Red Cross responds to nearly 500 disaster incidents each year in Connecticut. Hundreds of Disaster Action Team volunteers support those responses.
- More than 15 million Americans turn to the American Red Cross to learn first aid, CPR, swimming and other health and safety skills. Last year, more than 230,000 people volunteered to teach those courses. In Connecticut the Red Cross trains and informs more than 200,000 people each year. Volunteer instructors and presenters help to keep our communities safer.
- Half the nation's blood supply - six million pints annually - is collected by more than 190,000 Red Cross volunteers. Blood donors in Connecticut give approximately 155,000 units of blood each year, collected with the support of registration and canteen volunteers.
- Among our emergency services for the men and women of the armed forces is the delivery of urgent family messages - one every 22 seconds.
- More than 24,000 volunteers serve as chairs, members of boards of directors, or on advisory boards for local Red Cross units - Chapters, Blood Services Regions, and Military Stations.