9 Genius Ways to Get Involved with the Red Cross

  1. CPR/First Aid (classes + teaching.. we even have Pet first aid!!)
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The Health and Safety Committee teaches Boy Scouts potentially life-saving skills.

Learn it, teach it, and/or perform it. Did you know CPR/First Aid certification is often required or highly recommended before getting a job? IF you are interested, you can also check out Pet First Aid Classes

  1. Disaster Action Team

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Become part of a team that responds to family fires under the supervision of a DAT supervisor. Contact your local chapter to see if you can make a direct impact today!

  1. Social Media
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The 2015 Stop Drop and Roll Social Media Campaign, which spread awareness about fire safety.

You can get involved with the Red Cross even just on your computer!

4.  Join your high school or college club… or… START YOUR OWN!

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The Evergreen Valley High School Red Cross club gets ready for its blood drive!

For more information on events your club can participate in, you can check out Redcrossyouth.org for step by step activity guides.

  1. Summer Internships

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Check out this blog started by a Red Cross intern! It features several women volunteers of the American Red Cross.

Whether you are a communications major or a pre-medical student, the Red Cross offers a variety of summer internships to help high school and college students get involved. As a summer intern, you may have the opportunity to teach 1,000’s of people CPR or publish on the National Red Cross website!

  1. Become an Americorps member… maybe even staff!
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The Leadership Development Center is an event organized by youth staff, adult staff, and Americorps members.

AmeriCorps is a federal program that engages service minded Americans in intensive community service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. The participants in the program are referred to as “members.” The American Red Cross has managed and hosted AmeriCorps programs since the program’s founding in 1994.” Did we mention its paid?

  1. Lifeguarding

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Need we say more? Great for your personal knowledge, community and maybe a summer job! 😉

  1. Donate blood
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Evergreen Valley Red Cross club member, Chris Chiu receives a free t-shirt after donating blood. (Credits: Nicholas Chiu)

DID YOU KNOW? Be the start of a change in the world!

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  1. Worked with service to the armed forces by doing Holiday Mail for Heroes!
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Cards made by the University of Michigan

Once you make the cards, Red Cross offices will collect, sort, and distribute the holiday cards to veterans using an events-based approach in their local communities.

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OR! Like these youth volunteers, you can march in the Veteran’s Day Parade in honor of those who served.

 

Thank you again to Joanna Hu and her Silicon Valley Youth Executive Board for collaborating with the National Youth Council to publish this article.

Written by Miki Rai, National Youth Council Communications Working Group Lead

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