Disaster Nurses, Mental Health Professionals, Spiritual Care - Red Cross
Every day, the American Red Cross sees the heartbreak of people trying to cope with more intense storms, heavier rainfall, higher temperatures, stronger hurricanes, and more devastating wildfires.
As more people rely on the Red Cross for help, the need for compassionate volunteers is greater than ever.
You can help comfort and support people who are forced from their homes due to fires, storms, and other emergencies, so they don’t have to face tough times alone. Join us and turn your compassion into action by becoming a volunteer today.
We are actively recruiting for these important volunteer roles:
Disaster Health Services Team - During large disasters, you can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands on care and education to shelter residents. Free online training will be provided and can count towards 5.25 nursing continuing education units. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel outside of their local area, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN. Only RNs have full scope of practice.
Disaster Mental Health Services Team - Sometimes, people need a safe space to talk about the feelings that arise during and after experiencing small and large emergencies. Disaster Mental Health professionals provide that space and assist with interventions. Roles can be shift based or deployment based. For deployments, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Open to psychiatric nurses and licensed providers. Additional educational roles, outside of disaster, are available as well.
Disaster Spiritual Care Team - Facilitate long-term recovery for those affected by disaster by providing spiritual and emotional support, and connection to local resources, regardless of one's faith tradition. Roles can be shift based or deployment based. For deployments, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Must meet one of the following criteria:
- A disaster spiritual care provider in good standing in a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member organization
- A Board-certified chaplain
- A professional chaplain (paid or volunteer) and is endorsed by that organization
- An endorsed leader of a local faith community or organization
Time Expectations - You are not expected to be on call 24/7. You should have open availability to deploy at least once this wildfire season.
Expenses - Expenses related to your deployment such as travel, food, and lodging will be covered by the American Red Cross.
Safety first! Those with unconfirmed vaccinations must wear a mask for all in-person work. Masks must also be worn at all shelters.
Thank you for your interest in serving the American Red Cross!
Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+
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