Virtual Volunteering?

By Annabelle Moore, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas

Did you know you can volunteer with the American Red Cross virtually from almost anywhere? Even in your favorite Red Cross pajamas? You sure can! Many volunteer positions need only an internet connection and a willing spirit. As we navigate these challenging times, there are many ways to give back to your local community while still safely social distancing.

As a virtual volunteer this year, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to take part in the Red Cross mission via several roles such as a Service to the Armed Forces emergency communications caseworker, as a communications blog writer, and even as a disaster relief shelter transition assistant. Being able to help others in need—whether it’s connecting military families across the world or providing resources for wildfire evacuees to rebuild their lives—has warmed my heart and strengthened my belief in the power of human connection and compassion.

Here are a few awesome virtual opportunities in our North Texas Region that need volunteers:

Communications

Are you a storyteller or social media wiz? There are several virtual volunteer opportunities in communications. Blog volunteers can help share stories of hope and recovery by writing for the Red Alert blog. We love to feature our volunteers doing monumental work in Disaster Response, Blood Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Training Services, and International Services.

The North Texas Region communications team is searching for a virtual spokesperson to be part of a professional volunteer unit that develops and delivers the Red Cross story behind-the-scenes, on-camera, in-person, and online through media channels, websites, social media feeds, and other content platforms. If your passionate about telling the Red Cross story and have bilingual skills this role is for you.

 Service to the Armed Forces

The American Red Cross serves our active duty military, veterans, and retirees all around the world 24/7/365. We deliver thousands of Red Cross emergency communication notifications each year. The North Texas Region SAF team is always looking for volunteers to help military families connect during emergencies or important life events. As a volunteer, you will receive training to confidently provide information and referral resources, compassion, and care with each phone call.

The American Red Cross provides free and confidential resiliency and mental health support to active duty military, veterans, retirees, and their families through our Reconnection Workshop programs. We are looking for virtual volunteer facilitators with professional mental health backgrounds and resiliency program volunteer coordinators.

 Volunteer Services

Are you a people person who likes to lead a team, network, and connect with local organizations? Do you have strong human resources and administrative skills? The volunteer services team is looking for a volunteer recruitment team member to assist with building local volunteer groups and community outreach.

 Disaster Services

The American Red Cross responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. Whether it’s a single house fire or a large scale natural disaster, like a hurricane or wildfire, the American Red Cross is there to support people and commuinties. We help with shelters, meals and information and referral resources to help people get back on their feet. As a virtual disaster action team member, you can support local disaster response efforts here in the North Texas Region.

Are you a skilled medical or mental health professional? We’re looking for disaster health services team members! The road to recovery can be full of hurdles. As a disaster recovery team member, you’ll support individuals, families, and communities to build a resilient future.

You can make a difference!

Head over to RedCross.org and enter your zip code, then search for “virtual” volunteer opportunities. Each volunteer position will feature a description of key responsibilities, training, and professional development opportunities. We look forward to seeing you on the American Red Cross team!

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out our lifesaving mission in the event of any possible disruptions, as well as supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare.

Our need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as we navigate this health crisis. Please rest assured that we are working with public health officials to help keep local communities and our volunteers safe. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community.

A day in the life of a remote Red Crosser.

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