When Disaster Strikes -- Deploy as a Shelter Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross - Cascades Region


Be ready to help your local community!

Due to predictions for an active hurricane and wildfire season, the Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to care for people when disasters strike. Train now to be a Red Cross Shelter Volunteer so you can answer the call when your community needs it most!

We will need volunteers to help support emergency shelters by staffing different areas including reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection, and other vital tasks. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.

This position supports disasters all throughout the United States. Those interested in this position must be able to deploy within 24-48 hours of getting the "call to deploy" and commit to serving for a 14-day deployment. Travel, Lodging, and Food will be arranged for these volunteers.

Note: If you can only help out locally (within 50 miles of your residence), you can still apply to be a Shelter Trainee if you are able to serve for at least 3 days (to help get a local shelter up and running) or if you can commit to 7 days, we can deploy you within the Region (Oregon and SW Washington).

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About American Red Cross - Cascades Region


3131 N. Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97227, 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 it's one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Red Cross workforce is made up of over 90% volunteers, meaning our mission is carried out by community members like yourself.


Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Crisis Support, Disaster Relief


We'll work with your schedule.


500 Southwest Dorion AvenuePendleton, OR 97801



  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Disaster Response
  • Food Service


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 straight weeks to be able to deploy in the US outside the Cascades Region (OR and SW WA); otherwise, minimum of 7 days to deploy only within the Region or 3 days to deploy within 50 miles of your residence.

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