Hands on Work (choose from opportunities described below.)
- Put your talent, skills and passion to work by participating in one of hundreds of Red Cross Clubs. Through high school clubs and clubs at the elementary- and middle-school levels, you will have scores of opportunities to serve your community, connect with the largest humanitarian network in the world and build life-long friendships.
Who can help: Kids, Teens
- You can also help with blood drives by recruiting donors, arranging appointments, acting as escorts, and serving refreshments.Young adults, ages 17 and older (or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law) can donate blood.
Who can help: Teens
Conduct an Advocacy/ Awareness Campaign
The American Red Cross has developed fun activity guides for your group to use to help spread the word about the Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Who can help: Anyone!
Organize a Fundraiser
The American Red Cross depends on public support to help people in need. Raise money to provide soap and toothbrushes for homeless vets , teddy bears for children whose homes have been lost to a disaster, vaccinations to rid the world of measles, and more.
Who can help: Anyone!
Write Letters/ Make Cards
The Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program enables Americans to “Give Something That Means Something” during the holiday season. We invite the public to send cards of thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer to members of our U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families, many of whom are far away from home during the holiday season.
Who can help: Anyone!
Contact American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region, under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!
What is your organization’s 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.
What population do you serve?
The American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region, serves 2.5 million residents in 25 counties across central and southeast Ohio.
How many do you serve in a year?
In 2014, we responded to more than 700 local disasters, assisting 787 families and provided more than 15,000 trips for seniors and people with disabilities to medical and other important appointments.
What region or area do you provide services in?
The American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region, focuses efforts in the region of Central and Southeast Ohio
How and when did the organization get started?
The American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region, was granted a charter on July 3, 1916. The Chapter’s roots reach to the great flood of 1913, which struck this and other cities in Ohio and Indiana. Thousands lost their homes and were injured, and more than 500 died. The national Red Cross came to the aid of central Ohioans, and Columbus residents were inspired a few years later to form their own chapter to help in future emergencies.
How many employees do you have?
We have 50 full and part time paid staff.
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
The American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region, has more than 2,000 volunteers
How do your programs or services help the community?
The American Red Cross, Ohio Buckeye Region…
- Prepares for major disasters, including threats to Homeland Security
- Provides relief to local disaster victims (home fires, tornados and flooding are most prevalent)
- Helps military families face emergencies
- Saves lives through education and information
- Supports seniors and others by driving them to life-sustaining medical appointments and facilitating their use of Lifeline, an emergency notification system.
First Aid Services Team: Since 1979, the American Red Cross has been providing first aid services at public festivals, sporting events and concerts across the area. Our team supports the many events at Ohio Stadium, the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Bill Davis Stadium and St. John Arena. In addition to those venues, we support the Columbus Arts, Asian, and Pride Festivals, as well as the Nationwide Columbus Marathon, Cap City Half Marathon, and many other area events. Our team of trained volunteers is the emergency first aid front line for almost 2 million guests who attend or participate in these events.
Community Transportation Program: The American Red Cross believes that one’s inability to drive themselves shouldn’t prevent them from living independently in their own homes. That’s why we provide safe, reliable and timely transportation for seniors, and others in Franklin County, to medical and other life-enhancing appointments through our Community Transportation Program.
This service is provided to those who qualify either through a third party payer such as Franklin County Senior Options, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, and those who purchase their trips through the Fee for Service program. Medical transportation (dialysis, family physician, optometrist, podiatrist, dentist, etc.) is considered first priority. Non-medical requests (i.e. grocery shopping, hair salon, etc.) are considered secondary and are scheduled on a first call first served basis according to vehicle availability.
Disaster Presentations: The Red Cross will come to you and your group to give a free preparedness presentation tailored specifically for your needs. We also offer a variety of presentations geared especially for our community’s youth.
Topics include fire safety, general preparedness, preparing for a pandemic flu and more.
Bilingual speakers are available and thanks to the generosity of individuals, companies and foundations, all community disaster education is free of charge.
Community Awareness Team: The Community Awareness Team’s goal is to educate the community on who the Red Cross is and what we do and the services we provide, not just in time of Disaster.
Our Community Awareness Team is stepping out into the Central Ohio region! We attend fairs, festivals and parades in our area to teach “Red Cross 101.” Our trained volunteers will provide education and training, speakers, and public awareness regarding our services.
If you would like to have the Red Cross visit your fair, festival, workplace or school, please contact our local office by calling 614-253-2740 and asking for the Chapter Public Affairs team!
Organization: American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
Work: (614) 253-2740
995 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205