In the 608: Why you should volunteer with the Red Cross today

MADISON, Wis. – Volunteers are needed this summer at the Red Cross, especially those for the Disaster Action Team (DAT).

Red Cross DAT volunteers help ensure that people affected by local disasters have relief and critical recovery resources, including a place to stay, food to eat, and clothing.

If you are team-oriented, and want to help your neighbor, becoming a DAT responder may be just the thing for you. In-person response or virtual opportunities are available. They will match your interest and skill set in positions available. They will also provide free training, possibly resulting in deploying to areas of wildfires and hurricanes, or locally in the Madison area.

Other volunteers positions needed are in health services and mental health services. These volunteers provide counseling and medical needs, which is great for retired social workers and nurses, for example.

There are also positions with no experience needed and for those just looking to get out of the house and volunteer. That can be anything from blood drive ambassadors (helping at blood drives), blood transportation specialists (driving blood to hospitals), dispatchers (manning phone lines), and public affairs (fielding media inquiries and social media).

The Red Cross believes there is truly is something for everyone. Make a difference in your community and help someone in need with the lifesaving work the Red Cross does. You can register online here.