If you have a little free time and are a true "people person," the Red Cross has a great volunteer position for you! Opportunity: We are looking for volunteers to support our Blood Services (Biomedical) Team as a Blood Donor Ambassador!
Volunteer Blood Donor Ambassadors ensure that blood donors have a pleasant and fulfilling experience, from the moment they arrive at a blood drive to the moment they leave. During a blood drive, whether you’re greeting donors, answering questions or thanking them for their donation, your courtesy and professionalism will create a favorable impression that encourages ongoing donor support. You will also help with setting up for a blood drive and help with clean-up after.
Why is this role so important?
Every 2 seconds someone needs blood and the American Red Cross collects and distributes 40% of our nation's blood supply. There is no substitute for blood that is given in advance by a generous blood donor. Blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, new moms with complicated childbirths, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer.
Communicate in a professional manner with diverse populations
Demonstrate excellent customer service and comfort working with people
Manage the reception process by ensuring each donor is warmly greeted and assisted with initial intake according to the appointment priority system
Manage the hospitality experience by offering refreshments to donors, thanking them for their contribution, and alerting staff immediately if a donor shows signs of feeling unwell
One 4-6 hour shift per month for six months
Professional, clear and diplomatic communication skills
Comfortable approaching people you do not know
*Extensive safety precautions are in place due to COVID-19.*
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