The following is a list of questions intended to help you determine if the American Red Cross is a good match for you. This self-assessment is for your own planning purposes and decision-making. Be completely honest. It is important to find the right place to make your volunteer commitment.
- Too often individuals will have great intentions but are unable to follow through with their commitment to volunteer. Some volunteer opportunities may require availability during daytime business hours or require you to be on-call.
Do you have room in your life for another commitment?
- The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers who are responsible and reliable. Without reliable volunteers, disaster victims would not receive immediate assistance and lifesaving classes would be canceled.
Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate this commitment?
- Many Red Cross opportunities require that you take classes before beginning volunteering. Some jobs will require the completion of multiple courses before you can begin volunteering.
Are you willing to take the necessary training in a timely manner?
- Volunteering for the American Red Cross involves working with people of different ages, socio-economic, cultural, racial, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds. One of the Fundamental Principles of the American Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is Neutrality.
Are you comfortable with people who are different from yourself?
- Typically, the individuals who have been and continue to be successful American Red Cross volunteers possess certain skills or characteristics.
Do you consider yourself good at time management, teamwork, communication, taking initiative, following up and working in stressful situations?