Information Session Registration

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Red Cross! By coming to this page you have taken the first step to joining one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world. With over 94% of our work being done by volunteers we understand the importance of finding a volunteer position that allows you to give back in a way that fits with your skills and schedule. That is why the American Red Cross Volunteer Services Team is committed to helping you find the perfect volunteer position.

To help you get more familiar with our organization we would like to invite you to attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions. This will provide you with the opportunity to learn about how the Red Cross got started, what it does now, and how you can get involved. You will have the chance to speak with the Red Cross Volunteer Services Team to get an inside scoop on the work that we do here and get a snapshot of a day in the life of a Red Cross volunteer. Please be aware that this is NOT a volunteer application but simply the first step in becoming a Red Cross Volunteer.

To register for one of these sessions please provide us with some basic contact information. Then select a date and time below that works for you to come into one of our offices throughout the Western Washington area so that you can begin your journey as one of our stellar Red Cross volunteers!

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Frequently Asked Questions
What volunteer opportunities are available at the American Red Cross?

The American Red Cross Western Washington Region volunteers do great work every day from helping communities prepare for emergencies, providing training in lifesaving skills, assisting people affected by disasters, serving members of the Armed Forces and their families, reconnecting families or simply by lending a helping hand to their neighbors.

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and from all walks of life. Many want to help after major disasters and others lend their skills or professional expertise to benefit members of their local communities.

American Red Cross Western Washington Region volunteers help us to build stronger and better-prepared communities. In return, our volunteers enjoy feeling a sense of belonging and the rewards of giving back to their community.  

How do I know which volunteer opportunity is right for me?

All prospective volunteers are asked to attend a 2-hour volunteer information session to learn more about current volunteer opportunities and the history of the Red Cross. You will be asked to schedule an interview to discuss your interests, skills, availability and to help match you with the best position. You may also review the Volunteer Opportunities tab for our positions we are currently recruiting. 

How much time does being a Red Cross Volunteer require? 

A typical Red Cross volunteer commits 10-20 hours a month to the organization since most volunteer positions require additional trainings and attending monthly meetings in addition to their service. For these reasons, we ask that individuals make a one year commitment to serve as volunteers.

What type of training is available for Red Cross Volunteers?

Each volunteer participates in training for his or her volunteer position. These trainings are free and occur either on-line or in a Red Cross office in a classroom setting. To complete training for many Red Cross volunteer positions, it may take up to three months based upon the availability of the classes and the volunteer’s schedule.

Can I immediately be sent to a large disaster like Hurricane Sandy?

Typically, only volunteers who already have Red Cross training will be sent out to a disaster response. Every disaster response starts locally, so we encourage prospective volunteers to acquire Red Cross experience by registering to become a local Red Cross volunteer, getting trained, and starting their service with your local chapter. 

Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations outside of the United States?

There are only a few highly trained Red Cross volunteers deployed to respond to an international disaster relief operation. Only those with specialized Red Cross training are sent to manage international responses. Please consider supporting our community’s local needs by volunteering with the American Red Cross in the Western Washington Region.

Why do I have to complete a background check to volunteer?

Due to the nature of the work the Red Cross does, background checks are required to ensure the safety of our volunteers and clients. Volunteers under the age of 18 are not required to complete a background check.

Because of the necessity of background checks, we are unable to accommodate court ordered volunteer service.  

I am interested in phlebotomy. May I volunteer as a phlebotomist?

The American Red Cross Western Washington Region does not have a blood collection center in the Puget Sound area. 

In this region, blood services are offered by our partners at Puget Sound Blood Center ( 1-800-DONATE-1) and Cascade Regional Blood Services ( 253-383-2553).

If you live in Thurston, Lewis or Grays Harbor County, you please contact the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region at 1-800-RED CROSS for more information. 

Thank you again for your interest in volunteering with the Red Cross. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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