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American Red Cross Central California Region

Preparation, Prevention, and Presence

Be ready to help your community when the next wildfire strikes!

We are inviting all compassionate people, community-minded leaders, humanitarian agencies, and cause-driven organizations to a Wildfire Shelter Virtual Training Fair! Participants will learn how to be a Red Cross Shelter Volunteer so they can answer the call when our community needs it the most!

Severe weather-related disasters are becoming more frequent and impactful. Wildfires have cleared entire towns, consumed millions of acres, and have shown no signs of slowing down as we enter the traditionally busy portion of "wildfire season".

Since fires earnestly began in June of this year and have ramped up throughout the summer, hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster workers have answered the call to open or support shelters and evacuation centers across the West. Yet, soon enough these volunteers need relief and we need more people who are trained and willing to respond to disasters.

So, where can you come in?

While we can’t stop emergencies from happening, we can help ensure that no one ever faces them alone. Consider taking training to be a part of our most critically needed volunteer team:

The Disaster Shelter Team

Many people come to a shelter midst of a disaster for necessities. Volunteers are needed to support the day-to-day activities within a shelter. This may include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information, or other areas within a shelter.

How to start:

Free online training will be provided. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4, 6, or 12 hours each. For those able to travel outside their local area, a commitment of at least 14 consecutive days, working 8 or 12-hour shifts, is required.

You can complete all your training in a 3-hour shelter orientation and volunteer fair bundle (dates below)! If you want to get to know a little bit more before committing, attend a 30-minute virtual shelter fair to learn more about what a shelter operation looks like and how you can be involved.

Join hands with one of America’s most trusted humanitarian organizations (and the world’s largest volunteer organization) by helping your community.

RSVP Today at

Shelter Orientation Training and Volunteer Fair Bundle:

Attend a 3 hour training session to become a shelter volunteer!



Thursday October 7 th

9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Saturday October 9 th

10:00 am- 1:00 pm

Tuesday October 12 th

5:30 pm- 8:30 pm

30-minute shelter orientation fair:

Hear a little bit about what a shelter operation looks like and how you can be involved



Wednesday, October 13 th

5:30 pm

Friday, October 15 th

12:00 pm

Saturday, October 16 th

10:00 am

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About American Red Cross Central California Region


1300 W. Shaw Ave., Ste. 4B, Fresno, CA 93711, 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.


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

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Santa Barbara, CA 93105



  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters




  • 4-12 hours

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