“I will volunteer”
More than one million Americans are Red Cross volunteers; in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, more than 200 citizens are Red Cross volunteers. Will you join them?

The Red Cross recruits, trains and places volunteers who make valuable contributions, from the front lines of a disaster to the background of office support. There are many different ways you can help. Here are just a few:

Disaster Action Team
International Services
Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES)
Health & Safety Services

Get Started Now!

If you are going to be a Red Cross volunteer, you can begin learning about the organization right now:

Go through the Online Orientation — it will provide an overview of the work our volunteers do.

The American Red Cross is one of several community organizations working together to respond to disasters. We match knowledge, skills, interests and experience of individuals with opportunities to serve the community. You’ll learn more about volunteer opportunities during your interview with our Director of Volunteer Services, Wendy Bunner.

Follow these steps to become a local Red Cross volunteer:

Review the Volunteer Opportunities Checklist – this document can help you decide if the American Red Cross is a good fit for you.
If you know the Red Cross is the right place for you, complete an On-line Application and the Confidential Information and Intellectual Property Agreement and e-mail it here.
Or, print out the On-line Application, complete it and fax to (304) 264-3873 or mail to the Director of Volunteer Services, Eastern Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross, 617 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you about your classroom volunteer orientation session. Then you will be interviewed and matched to a volunteer position that best suits your interests within the organization.

Volunteering is just one step in the four-step local Promise to Prepare project. We’d like 10,000 local individuals – like yourself – to promise that you will Volunteer (or do one of the other three actions) in the next 12 months. Tell us what you promise to do and we’ll help you get there.

For more information, call 304-263-5241.

Armed Forces Emergency Services Volunteer

At times of personal emergencies, thousands of military families depend on Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) around the clock and around the world to speed urgent messages to loved ones in the United States Armed Forces. Because of this service, the men and women in the Armed Forces are kept informed of important family news ranging from the birth of a child to the death of loved ones.

If you choose to volunteer for this service, you could work at home providing support and a communication link between military personnel and their families.

To register for upcoming training opportunities, send us an e-mail or call our office at (304) 725-5015.

To complete an application click here or to go back to Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

Disaster Action Team


Emergencies happen every day. When they do, our trained and dedicated volunteers respond to fires, floods, explosions and other local disasters. We feed, provide shelter and clothing, and stay involved with those who suffer losses until they have a solid recovery plan.

In addition to the services provided by the Disaster Action Team (DAT), a team of trained mental health counselors may assist victims of disasters. By volunteering for the DAT, you would be helping people just like yourself recover from emotionally and financially devastating events.
To complete an application click here, or to go back to Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

If you are a current Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteer, this is your resource page. Click on the links below to access the information you may need to assist you in performing your duties. All items listed below are password protected. If you are a current DAT volunteer and do not have the required codes to access the information below, please contact your local DAT chair person.

DAT Resource Center

DAT Contact List
Jefferson County DAT Calendar

Health & Safety Volunteer Instructor
If you are interested in teaching and learning life-saving skills, this may be the program for you. The best way to avoid and cope with emergencies is to be prepared when they occur.

We are looking for people interested in teaching the necessary skills to confidently respond to emergencies. Our programs teach many life-saving skills including water safety, First Aid, CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillation).

To qualify for this program, you must have completed American Red Cross instructor training. Crystal Moran (304) 725-5015 or Samuel Bunner (304) 263-5241 would be happy to assist you in obtaining the required classes. Click here to view the calender of up-coming classes.

To complete an application click here or to go back to Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

International Services
The American Red Cross assists families all over the world who are separated by war, international conflict or other types of disasters.

One of the primary functions of this program is to ensure that family members stay in contact with each other when disasters happen on the international level.

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