Are you a licensed mental health professional? Join now to help people in disaster shelters.
Due to being in the midstof an active wildfire season and the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross needs thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike.
What is this role? Mental health professionals play a central and rewarding role in Red Cross disaster operations, offering emotional support and promoting resilience in responders and survivors who are coping with stress and loss.
Disaster Mental Health workers respond to the psychosocial and emotional needs of people affected by disaster. This includes members of the affected community as well as other members of the Red Cross workforce experiencing the stress of disaster response. Using professional knowledge and skills, Disaster Mental Health workers provide approved interventions that focus on basic care, support and comfort of individuals experiencing disaster-related stress.
Qualifications: Must be licensed, master's level (or higher) mental health professionals (social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.)
Primary responsibilities: *Provide Disaster Mental Health interventions to clients impacted by a disaster. *Participate in relevant meetings and activities as a member of the Disaster Mental Health chapter team. *Participate in preparedness efforts, such as the Home Fire Campaign or community disaster education. *Help facilitate long-term recovery for clients impacted by disaster. *Assist the chapter in developing partnerships with local mental health agencies. *Support other disaster responders before, during and after disaster response using staff mental health strategies.
Time Commitment/Availability: Flexible; varies.
Why is the role important?
Our wildfire shelter response teams are there to provide care and comfort to our communities while displaced during disasters. As wildfire season approaches, we have altered our response methods to abide by the guidelines established by our local public health departments and the CDC to best protect the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff during COVID-19. Natural disasters can strike at any moment, and we are working to prepare our communities in case that happens.
Ready to Make a Difference? Here's How to Get Started!
Go to redcross.org/volunteer to complete our online application. It takes less than 10 minutes!
A member of our team will get in touch. Taking the time for a personal conversation enables us to match you with a role that will be both meaningful and enjoyable.
We’ll provide all necessary training to ensure you can be successful in your volunteer role.
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.
Types of volunteer opportunities may include:
Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installations, or working in a wildfire shelter providing safe accommodations.
Instructor/Presenter positions to deliver education programs focused on preparedness, disasters and how to "Be Red Cross Ready" to adults and youth.
Working behind the Scenes positions include Keep the Red Cross Running -- Your role could be administrative/office support, scheduling shifts for your fellow volunteers, or logistics management to ensure disaster relief operations have the necessary supplies and equipment.
Lead the Way -- "Leadership" volunteers guide our efforts, inspire our volunteers and hold us accountable to the highest standards. Your role could be to lead a small team of fellow volunteers, act as an advisor to a Red Cross Club for youth, or support local Red Cross services by joining an advisory board or the Board of Directors.
Tell the Red Cross Story -- Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. By getting our message out, you'll educate people in need about how we can help, while attracting volunteers and donors to the mission.
You can make a difference today at by becoming a volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
230 NW 3rd AveVisalia, CA93291
February 1, 2021
Counseling / Mental Health
Disaster Relief Call Center
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
Flexible based on your availability
Qualifications: Must be licensed, master's level (or higher) mental health professionals (social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors, and marriage & family therapists)