MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Sept. 16, 2020) — In just the last month, the American Red Cross has helped tens of thousands of people whose lives were uprooted by massive back-to-back disasters — the Midwest Derecho, the continuing and relentless wildfires in the west, Hurricane Laura — and now Hurricane Sally. As we continue to help hundreds of people affected by home fires around our region and thousands across the country, plus the complexities of COVID-19, the Red Cross is urgently looking for more volunteers.

“The Red Cross has thousands of volunteers working tirelessly across the country to provide food, shelter, comfort and support to people in need,” said Phil Hansen, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Minnesota and Dakotas Region. “Our work is just beginning, as we will be providing support for weeks to come.”

If you have the time to train and go out on a two-week deployment, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer.

  • Shelter Help Needed: We need volunteers to help staff shelter reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection, and other vital tasks to help those we serve. We have both associate and supervisory level opportunities available.
  • Disaster Health Services Support Needed: Licensed Health Professionals Health professionals are needed in shelters to provide hands-on care, health education, health assessments, and additional health-related support. Both Service associates and supervisors who can lead a team are needed.

A two-week deployment commitment is needed after training.  If you are interested in helping, please go to redcross.org/volunteertoday or send an email to [email protected] to set up a short phone screening.
Email is preferred due to high call volumes; however, you may also call
612-871-7676 and Press 5 to be connected to Volunteer Services.
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Be sure to review the CDC guidance for people who are at higher risk for severe illness, consult your health care provider, and follow local guidance. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and the people we serve.

The Red Cross is working 24-7 to respond to disasters like wildfires, tropical storms, and countless other crises. Please donate to help now by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.