What’s What: The American Red Cross of Tennessee needs help both remotely and in person.

Amava Take: The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering – a work that is carried out by local volunteers every day. From home fires to hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. In a year, the Red Cross responded to 1,879 disasters and assisted 2,802 families in-person or virtually in the Tennessee region. The Red Cross provided food, shelter and comfort to individuals and families in need, as well as casework and recovery assistance for disaster survivors.

The Red Cross is looking for Blood Services Scheduling Team Members who can work remotely, manage the blood drive schedule, and communicate regularly with volunteers to fill shifts in the Tennessee region.

You can be a Shelter Volunteer and help communities during the hurricane and wildfire season. Volunteers support the day-to-day activities within a shelter, which include working in reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, and information collection. Groups and individuals can support shelters in the Tennessee Region, or deploy to other states up to 14 days.

The Red Cross is seeking Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers that can respond to local or national disasters, and we need passionate people like you who can answer the call when a community needs it most.

Questions and Answers

What are the key responsibilities for a Blood Services Scheduling Team Member?

  • Regularly accessing and reviewing the blood drive schedule
  • Communicate weekly, through phone and email, with volunteers to recruit for shifts
  • Teach volunteers to self-schedule and access Volunteer Connection
  • Perform data entry to ensure accurate volunteer records
  • Volunteer at least 3 hours per week

What are the key responsibilities of an in person Shelter Volunteer?

  • Following worker safety procedures for working in a COVID environment
  • Embodying the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross in their work with clients, disaster responders and partners
  • Providing excellent client service and support the daily maintenance of the shelter operation at the direction of the assigned Shelter Supervisor

What are the key responsibilities of a Disaster Action Team Volunteer?

  • Works as part of an assigned team to respond to local disasters.
  • Delivers immediate direct client assistance in accordance with Red Cross standards and procedures.
  • Works with on-scene lead to assess whether additional resources/support are required and communicates those needs to DAT Leadership.
  • Commits to being available during assigned shifts and communicate scheduling conflicts with DAT Leadership.

Is training provided?

Yes, the Red Cross provides free online training.

Special Requirements: Different positions have different basic requirements.

Setting it Up: To learn more, visit redcross.org/volunteer, or contact Adrian Riser, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist, 865-599-6774, Adrian.Riser2@redcross.org.