Help Turn Heartbreak into Hope

Become a Red Cross Volunteer This Summer

Retired firefighter and Red Cross volunteer, John Martinez shows evacuated residents information about the Creek Fire

We in Central California know all too well how devastating wildfires can be to our communities. Last year, wildfires burned 4.3 million acres across California and led to the largest disaster relief operation the Central California Region of the American Red Cross has ever responded to.

Experts predicted 2021’s wildfire season could be extremely dangerous due to the severe drought occurring over much of the western half of the country following back-to-back record-breaking wildfire seasons. Since June fires have already scorched more than 1.4 million acres across 13 states.

Communities across the country count on the Red Cross for help every day—and supporting those in need is at the heart of what we do. Red Cross volunteers remain on the ground where thousands of people are impacted by the continuous outbreak of devastating wildfires.

Our teams of exceptional helpers are ready to deploy within hours of a disaster to turn heartbreak into hope. And so, we ask you—will you take training to be able to roll up your sleeves and help those in their time of greatest need?

Through free virtual, self-paced training you can join these most critically needed teams this fire season:

Sheltering Team Member (Supervisory Opportunities Available)

As a sheltering team member, you will be a friendly face to disaster evacuees and help ensure individuals and families have a safe place to stay. You can help in different areas including reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, information collection and other vital tasks.

Health Services (Licensure Required. Supervisory Opportunities Available.)

Red Cross health volunteers travel to disaster sites to help people cope. Health workers can provide first aid treatment for injuries, monitor the well-being of people staying in Red Cross shelters, and replace prescription medications or eyeglasses.

As our organization’s founder, Clara Barton, once said “The Red Cross is a part of us—it has come to stay—and like the sturdy oak, its spreading branches shall yet encompass and shelter the relief of the nation.” It’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we achieve these extraordinary things. Help us shelter the nation during these unprecedent times. Apply today at

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