How to volunteer with the Cayuga County Red Cross

So you want to be an American Red Cross volunteer? When you volunteer with the American Red Cross, you’re supporting one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world and making a positive impact in your community. You can also maximize your talent, learn new skills, improve your resume and meet new people — all while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Office support: We are looking for consistent dedicated people to help with office coverage during the weekday hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must have basic computer skills and willing to do a wide variety of tasks and projects; it is never a dull day at the Red Cross.

Blood services: Opportunities are available to coordinate and/or staff lifesaving blood drives! We are always looking for drive coordinators, as well as people to make blood drive appointment calls, onsite donor registration and canteen duties. College scholarship opportunities are available to students starting in 11th grade through college for those that assist with local blood drive coordination.

Fundraising: Volunteers are needed to assist with raising funds to cover our expenses related to our valuable mission! Start a fundraiser or contact your local American Red Cross branch for ideas to raise money in your community. The American Red Cross is an organization that strongly relies on volunteer support to continue its lifesaving mission.

Disaster response: Do you want to be there when help is needed the most? You can help your local community when a disaster strikes — responding to anything ranging from the everyday home fire to an isolated extreme weather event. The American Red Cross relies on its volunteers to help those in need by handing out food, coordinating a place to stay and simply making people feel more comfortable.

Preparedness education: Train other to be ready when needed! Teach volunteers how to be ready for disasters and emergencies by leading a class through your American Red Cross and taking simple steps to be prepared.

Health and safety training: Take and teach lifesaving skills! You can take and/or be trained to teach all our first aid/CPR/AED, babysitting, water safety and pet first aid courses.

Service to the armed forces: Volunteers are needed that are dedicated to Cayuga County willing to assist those that serve for us! You can help people stay connected to family members serving overseas by providing emergency communications, training and family/veterans' assistance.

Join us! To apply, visit Be sure to select: "Central NY Region — Cayuga County." If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Cayuga County Office at 11 State St., or call (315) 252-9596.

December 17, 2013 6:00 am • Pamela Baker Gratton | Special to The Citizen