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Could YOU be an American Red Cross volunteer?

Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the Red Cross. Volunteers support every Red Cross program and service.

American Red Cross volunteers help in so many important ways. They:

  • Provide aid, comfort and hope to those affected by disasters including home fires,  hurricanes, floods, winter storms and other disasters
  • Build safer communities by teaching First Aid, CPR, babysitter training other life-saving courses.
  • Help connect military personnel and their families during times of crisis.
  • Bring peace of mind to countless seniors through the Lifeline personal medical alert system.
  • Train communities in disaster preparedness.
  • Donate professional expertise in accounting, finance, public relations, administration, and fundraising
  • Fill leadership roles, on task forces and committees.
  • Translate for non-English speaking speakers so that they can receive Red Cross services

The American Red Cross relies on thousands of volunteers – people just like YOU -  to provide these and many other vital programs and services

Who are Red Cross volunteers?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, represent many different communities, are many different ages and speak many languages. They commit to help the American Red Cross for a variety of reasons. Many want to help after a major local disaster, such as the flooding in Sussex and Caroline counties in 2006, or after a major national disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Others wish to donate their professional expertise to benefit members of their communities.  In return, they tell us that they get a sense of fulfillment. They appreciate the spirit of belonging to a dedicated team of caring individuals.


The following are some of the questions that you may have about volunteering with the American Red Cross.

1. How can I volunteer for disaster relief efforts?

The first step to becoming a Red Cross Disaster Responder is to attend a volunteer orientation (
click here for schedule and locations). You will learn about the different roles for disaster volunteers, how to sign up for training and what to expect.  

2. How do I start the process of becoming a volunteer?
To become a volunteer,
click here. We will get back in touch with you to schedule you for a volunteer orientation.

You will also be asked to complete necessary paperwork, including:

  • Volunteer application form
  • Red Cross Code of Conduct
  • Background Check
  • Confidential Information and Intellectual Property Agreement

3. What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. Although daytime availability is especially desirable, some areas also offer evening and weekend opportunities.

4. How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  From time to time, we have youth-related activities for youth aged 14 years and above. University of Delaware students can join the American Red Cross Club at

5. Are there internship opportunities available at the Red Cross?
Internship opportunities are available within different departments, particularly in administrative support. For an application, please contact

6. Can the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula send me abroad for international volunteer opportunities?
We currently do not have opportunities for volunteers who would like to travel abroad. You can learn more about American Red Cross international programs at

7. Can I volunteer for disaster relief operations in other parts of the United States?
Yes, although you must have experience with disaster response as a local Red Cross volunteer. To acquire that experience, you must register, train and serve with your local Red Cross.
Click here to start the process of becoming a volunteer.

8. What is the American Red Cross Code of Conduct?
The Code of Conduct outlines the standard policies and principles by which all American Red Cross volunteers and employees are required to abide. The Code of Conduct is used in an effort to maintain the high standard of conduct expected and deserved by the American public and to enable the organization to continue to offer services required by those in need.

9. I have other questions which are not covered here.

Please call us and leave a message at (302) 472-6240 or email

Explore our volunteer opportunities, fill out a volunteer interest form and join us today!



We invite you, your family, friends and co-workers to a free orientation to learn more about our services and many different volunteer opportunities.

We encourage all incoming volunteers to attend one of these sessions to better understand each of our department’s jobs and how our service delivery works. Hope to see you there! 




Kent County
Emergency Operations Center
911 Public Safety Blvd., Dover, DE 19901
September 17, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
October 30, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 4, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


New Castle County
Northern Delmarva Office - Directions
100 W 10th St, Ste 501, Wilmington, DE 19801
August 15, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

August 28, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

September 12, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

October 11, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

November 6, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

November 24, 2007   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

December 19, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.


Newark Free Library

750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE 19711

July 10, 2007   5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Sussex County
American Red Cross Office - Directions
523 North Market St Ext., Seaford, DE 19973
September 13, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
November 8, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Caroline County
Public Library
100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629
September 7, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Cecil County

Red Cross Training Center

207 Blue Ball Avenue, Elkton MD 21921

October 24, 2007   5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

December 4, 2007   5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dorchester County
Public Library
303 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD 21613

Kent County

Public Library

408 High Street, Chestertown MD 21620

September 22, 2007   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Queen Anne's County
Centreville Library
121 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD 21617
November 13, 2007   5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Talbot County
Public Library
100 West Dover St., Easton, MD 21601
October 23, 2007   4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
December 11, 2007   4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Becoming a Red Cross disaster volunteer

First fill in the volunteer interest form (click here ) and we will get back to you to schedule a volunteer orientation (click here for schedule and locations). You will learn about the different roles for disaster volunteers, how to sign up for training and what to expect.

Then register and take this course:

The Introduction to Disaster Services Course Online

This hour and half on-line based course provides fundamental information about disasters, the community response, and the role of the Red Cross Disaster Services. This course is a prerequisite to all other Disaster Services training.


Leave a message at (302) 472-6240 or email

Find out how your knowledge, skills, abilities and enthusiasm can be matched with a meaningful volunteer experience.
This is a great time to get involved with Red Cross!


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