Volunteering has been at the very heart of the Red Cross since its inception in 1920.Volunteers are the backbone of all Indian Red Cross activities, helping branches to run successful programmes and assisting millions of vulnerable people in need. IRCS reward and recognize volunteers whenever possible and appropriate and provides appropriate personal development opportunities.
IRCS recruits volunteers irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sex, religious belief, age, and disability or membership.
All volunteers are entitled to choose to become a Member of Indian Red Cross Society, can have appropriate training or personnel development to be able to undertake their agreed tasks or role; and accept or refuse any task or role in accordance of a code of ethic or fundamentals of a voluntary service.
Educate yourself about the mission of the Red Cross.
Before you join the Red Cross as a volunteer, make sure you understand the organization and the people it serves.
Determine what type of volunteer work you are interested in doing.
There are over 30 specific areas in which most volunteers choose to serve.
- Choose a clerical function, or assist with mailings, fundraisers, grants and special events if you are good at administrative work. You might also want to serve on the Board of Directors in your local chapter if you have good leadership skills.
- Volunteer as an instructor if you have good teaching skills. The Red Cross uses volunteers to teach babysitting, life guarding, first aid, health and water safety.
- Join disaster prevention and response teams. If you want to volunteer in the field, sign up to assist communities as they prepare for, prevent, and respond to disasters. This may require you to travel.
Help the Red Cross in other ways.
In addition to volunteering, you can sign up to give blood or make a donation to the charity.
Evaluate the time commitment you can make.
Talk to your local chapter about how much time they expect from their volunteers and how much time your schedule will allow for your volunteer work.
Take the necessary trainings.
Your local chapter can train you in local disaster relief (responding to house fires, etc.) and you will also have the option to get trained in national disaster relief (assisting with hurricanes, floods, etc.).