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Large-Scale Disaster - Sheltering Volunteer

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American Red Cross - Ohio

DRO Response - Listening

Have you ever wanted to help during a disaster?

Do you have compassion to share?

Are you willing to travel?

If you answered yes to these questions, then the American Red Cross, NEEDS YOU! Disaster Sheltering Volunteers will volunteer in-person at shelters before, during and/or after a large-scale disasters (such as hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, etc.). These volunteers complete tasks necessary for shelter operations and provide assistance and comfort to disaster clients.

Disaster Sheltering Volunteers participate in the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information, cleaning, set-up/tear-down and so much more.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Following worker safety procedures for working in a Covid-19 environment
  • Embodying the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross
  • Providing excellent client service
  • Supporting the daily maintenance of the shelter operation
  • Following the directions of and providing feedback to the Shelter Supervisor
  • Using the Shift Tool during the disaster event to report availability and schedule shelter shifts
  • Completing the required virtual self-paced training


  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must be able to handle stressful situations
  • Demonstrates clear, concise, and effective written and verbal communication
  • Lift/carry 20 lbs. multiple times/shift
  • Stand and or sit for two-hour periods and walk for two miles during a shift
  • Walk on uneven terrain
  • Work outdoors in inclement weather, extreme heat and/or humidity or extreme cold
  • Climb two or more flights of stairs
  • Speak clearly on phone and in person
  • Basic computer skills are needed
  • Drive in daytime and at night
  • Willing to complete required virtual training, in a timely fashion
  • Understand that there may not be ready access to electricity and cell/wifi connectivity
  • Ability to sleep in a shelter situation on cots - should the need arise
  • Conflict management skills (a plus)
  • People skills and relationship building skills (a plus)

All training is provided via the internet and at no cost to the volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position and want to apply or would like more information visit, www.redcross.org/volunteertoday.

If you want to talk with a Volunteer Specialist for more information you can reach out to Becky Dungee at rebecca.dungee@redcross.org.

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About American Red Cross - Ohio


995 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.


We're in local communities every day, helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. When emergencies strike, people need help. A fire leaves a family homeless. A heart attack threatens a life. A tornado flattens homes, schools and businesses. A military family needs to be connected. A young child needs a blood transfusion. They need the Red Cross.

How do we empower so many of our neighbors to respond to emergencies? By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. We can't turn heartbreak into hope without your help!

Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


Fairfield CountyLancaster, OH 43130



  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Customer Service
  • Disaster Response
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Multi-Tasking




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Must commit to a 2-week deployment between now and the end of the year. Check with your employer some offered paid leave to help with disaster response.

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