Local Disaster Response Volunteer - Vinton County

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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross - Central & Southern Ohio


Have compassion to share?

Want to make a difference for someone in need?

Can you make some time to help in your community? This volunteer opportunity is for you!

If you answered yes to these questions, we need you as a Disaster Action Team Member! Disaster Action Team Members work as part of a team to provide 24-hour response to local disasters, primarily house fires, ensuring victims have basic necessities such as shelter, food and clothing.

Become the best part of someone's worst day! Volunteer with the American Red Cross, Disaster Cycle Services Department TODAY!

Responsibilities include:

  • Willingness to support the Red Cross Mission
  • Must commit to and be available to respond on-call when you register for a shift
  • Ensure clients affected by disaster have their immediate needs met
  • Be cooperative and professional
  • Conduct client interviews
  • Assess damage in homes
  • Provide needed resources to clients
  • Request additional resources/help when needed

Qualifications include:

  • Able to communicate between email and telephone
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Ability to provide one-on-one support to persons in crisis
  • Willing to respond as needed in challenging conditions (i.e. all weather types and long hours)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use technology related to the position
  • Ability to complete all required training in a timely manner

Training is provided at no cost. The Red Cross asks that all disaster response volunteers complete all essential training and volunteer a minimum number of hours a month.

If interested you can apply by visiting, www.redcross.org, click on "volunteer", scroll down the page and click on the red "Find My Volunteer Opportunities" button and "Search by Keyword or Title". Type "Local Disaster Responder" and your zip code in the search field and click on "Apply Now" when you see this position. Just follow the directions from there to complete the application and background check. Be sure to have a photo ID handy (driver's license, passport, visa, state issued ID), you will be asked to upload a picture of it for identification purposes. After your application and background check process, a member of our volunteer screening team will reach out to you via phone/text/email - please be sure to respond!

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Recruitment Specialists Michael Vance at michael.vance@redcross.org or Rebecca Chandler at rebecca.chandler2@redcross.org

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About American Red Cross - Central & Southern 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!


Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Community, Crisis Support, Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations McArthur, OH 45651



  • Disaster Response
  • Community Outreach
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time varies based on needs in the community - you choose the shifts you register to work - shifts are never assigned
  • Stand/Sit for two-hour periods, Walk for two miles during a shift, Work in extreme Heat/Cold and/Humidity, Climb two or more flights of stairs, Speak clearly on the phone and in person, Drive in daytime and at night

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