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American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties

Respond to Disasters in San Diego County!

Disaster Services seeks committed volunteers able to respond to emergency situations. This typically requires responsive communication, flexible scheduling, long shift hours, access to home computer, phone, and reliable Internet and comfortable with intensive computer use during virtual sessions (more common during this COVID environment). Each role requires extensive online training.

During COVID, most positions are VIRTUAL for now. However, some positions require working IN-PERSON.

Disaster volunteers need to commit a minimum of 10 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months, preferably 1 year.

Join a response team in a variety of roles such as:

Community Engagement & Partnerships (CEP) Team Member: Latinx Representative Needed! Community Partnerships collaborate with other non-profits, community groups, faith-based, civic groups, and other community stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to engage in programs and service delivery across prepare, response and recover while adhering to the principles of the Red Cross.

Disaster Feeding Team Members: Serve as Kitchen Crew, Load Master, Communications Dispatcher, Yard Crew, Inventory Crew, Mobile Feeding Crew, Canteen Associate, or other feeding worker position on a disaster relief operation. Meeting disaster-caused feeding needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Ability Integration: Assessing evacuation and post-evacuation shelters for accessibility and assisting with solutions. Training disaster operations workforce on supporting clients and co-workers with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

Logistics: Activities include Facilities, Supply, Warehouse, Procurement, Life, Safety, and Asset Protection (LSAP), In-Kind Donations, Transportation.

Government Operations: (Experience working with governmental agencies required.) Government Liaisons coordinate services with local, state, federal, and tribal government partners. During large-scale disasters, this position is placed at Emergency Operations Centers to ensure response efforts are aligned and in collaboration across agencies.

Recovery Client Care (Virtual): Support the disaster recovery of individuals, families, and communities affected by disaster by interviewing and provision of referrals, assistance and goods and services to begin and affect their recovery. Conduct client interviews: both initial interview and follow-up conversations. Assist with recovery planning, problem-solving and advocacy on request.

  • Time commitment is 2-4 hrs. per week (1 shift per week)
  • Must be available between the hours of 10am-5pm.
  • Web-based training is about 10 to 12 hrs. total, followed by observation/shadowing another caseworker until comfortable on own.
  • Always a Supervisor available for consult.
  • Skilled with technology, access to reliable home Internet, computer, & phone.
  • Attend a weekly casework staff meeting.

Staff Planning & Support (Virtual): Provide support and customer service to traveling disaster responders on a relief operation. Services provided to responders include: lodging, Mission Card support, in-processing and out-processing, updating the DR Information System and Volunteer Connection data management.

Volunteer Workforce Engagement (Virtual): Onboard and orient new volunteers into the Disaster department by providing technical assistance to navigating the Volunteer Connection website, logging hours, accessing the EDGE online training platform to ensure a quality departmental welcoming experience.

Health Services, License required: Active and unencumbered licensure in the state of California. Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Physician Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic , Retired RN/LPN/LVN if the state in which the license is granted allows for full scope of practice for the volunteer.

Mental Health, License required: Provide Disaster Mental Health interventions to clients impacted by a disaster. Help facilitate long-term recovery for clients impacted by disaster. Assist the chapter in developing partnerships with local mental health agencies.

Spiritual Care, professional experience required: Assist disaster clients to utilize their own spiritual resources, values and faith in the midst of crisis, regardless of one's faith tradition. Participate in local responses, such as providing support to a family who has experienced a house fire.

After you apply online and are screened via phone. The Disaster Team will provide a full detailed orientation of the many specific positions. They are great at finding you a role that fits your skills and interests.

Apply online: www.redcross.org/volunteer

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About American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties


3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123, 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.


Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether its one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member, veteran, or support to a military family member. Our vital work is made possible by volunteers like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety


We'll work with your schedule.


San Diego CountySan Diego, CA 92123






  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 hours per month, preferably a 1 year commitment due to the amazing training opportunities within each role.

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