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   Madison / Marshall County Chapter Disaster Volunteer Opportunities

   

   

Disaster & Emergency Services Volunteer

Red Cross Disaster Relief focuses on meeting the emergency, disaster-caused needs of individuals and families. Assistance may include a safe, dry place to sleep, warm meals, health and mental health services, referrals to other locally available assistance, and help with recovery planning. We may also feed emergency workers, and handle inquiries from concerned immediate family members. All assistance is based on verified, disaster-caused needs and all assistance is free—a gift made possible by generous donations from people like you.

BELOW ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY OPPORTUNITIES

(Training and Background Check required and provided for all Volunteer Positions)

Disaster Action Team: Local volunteers can provide important services to victims and first responders as part of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Learn what you can do to support your Red Cross and how to support the victims of a disaster. Once you have received all the Disaster training you can be part of a team on a one week rotation that responds to house fires and other local disasters. Responsibilities would include being on-call 24 hours a day, for a week at a time, approximately once every three months, and responding to disasters when contacted by a Team Leader. At the disaster site you will fill out appropriate paperwork to aid the victims and provide them with emergency food, clothing and shelter. You also will provide fire fighters and other emergency responders with food and refreshments.

Disaster Office Aide: Volunteers needed to assemble class packets, perform general office duties, stamp brochures, and assemble disaster safety information to distribute in the community as necessary.

Disaster Logistics Volunteers: Volunteers needed to help organize the warehouse, educational materials and maintain supplies to enable our Chapter to prepare for and respond disasters.

Shelter Workers: Volunteers needed to train to respond in times of disaster. Once trained, the volunteers will assist and interact with a diverse group of people that come to the shelter in times of disaster.

Community Disaster Education Outreach:  Help your community by helping them become prepared. Volunteer to teach others about preparedness. Volunteers will participate in activities such as presentations, community events, and the dissemination of written literature to the local community. This proactive volunteer educator assists in improving the safety and self-reliance of individuals, families, and communities potentially or actually impacted by disasters.

Armed Forces Emergency Services 

Armed Forces Caseworker: Volunteers work with members of the military and their families ensuring the delivery of emergency communications.

We Depend on Volunteers

Volunteers constitute 96 percent of our total work force to carry on our humanitarian work:

  • Every year the Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disastersincluding approximately 150 home fires every day.

  • About 11 million Americans turn to us to learn first aid, CPR, swimming, and other health and safety skills. Last year, more than 158,000 people volunteered to teach those courses.

  • Half the nation's blood supply six million pints annuallyis collected by more than 155,000 Red Cross volunteers .

  • Among our emergency services for the men and women of the armed forces is the delivery of urgent family messages—around the clock and around the globe.

  • More than 30,900 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.

  • As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Red Cross reconnects more than 8,000 families separated by conflicts and disasters around the world through international tracking services and Red Cross messages.

Don't wait another day!

Let us help match your talents and interest with community needs.

For information on Volunteer Opportunities, contact us at:

(256) 536-0084 ext. 210

or

E-mail Volunteer Services

***All Volunteers are required to take training (provided)

and pass a background check if over 18 years of age.***