The American Red Cross has developed fun activity guides for your group to use to help spread the word about the Red Cross and its mission: to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Activity guides can be used by Red Cross Clubs, youth groups, or classes who want to organize around Red Cross mission-related activities.
These activity guides will help you lead Red Cross activities. No matter which activity you choose, get in touch with your local Red Cross chapter or Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) station. The Red Cross can provide you with helpful resources and guidelines to make your activity a success. Find your local chapter here.
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Guides for chapters as well as more information can be found on The Exchange.
A Kit Drive activity in which essential preparedness items are collected, assembled in a pack and delivered to those who need it most.
Distribute lifesaving fire safety information to residents in your neighborhood.
A powerful school-based event that gives students the opportunity to personalize disaster.
A five-day campaign that aims to motivate students to take action in preparing themselves and their peers in case of a disaster!
A party that utilizes an impending ‘zombie apocalypse’ to help educate your school and community how to prepare for disasters like a zombie outbreak.
Citizen CPR is a 30-minute program developed by the American Red Cross to teach people how to perform Hands-Only CPR.
Blood Services Guides
An event that gives community members the opportunity to donate blood with the American Red Cross.
A competition between digital advocates where members of your group will use Twitter to thank blood donors.
A community dinner hosted in the days leading up to a blood drive.
A coin drive fundraising competition that engages your group with elementary school students to raise money for the American Red Cross.
A service-based group fundraising event that allows community members to utilize your group to perform various outdoor tasks.
A fundraising activity where teams of participants compete against one another to complete a series of mission-related tasks.
There are so many ways that you can raise money for the Red Cross. Here are some fundraising ideas you can use to help get you started!
A social fundraising event for young professionals to mingle, network, learn about and raise money for the American Red Cross.
A service-based fundraising activity where you seek donations for the time you spend volunteering.
A way to raise funds for your Red Cross Club by selling first aid kits.
A great fundraising event where you invite the community to eat a delicious meal, and learn more about the Red Cross’s international work.
The Dodgeball tournament is a fundraiser and friendly competition between school clubs, Red Cross Clubs, or even entire schools to raise money to the Red Cross.
International Services Guides
Raid Cross is a role-playing simulation activity that helps students understand the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) – and recognize that even war has limits.
Vaccinate a Village is a fundraising activity in which youth become American Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative advocates and help raise funds to vaccinate children and save lives.
Artwork of Armed Conflict is an activity that displays artwork focused on important humanitarian issues that result from armed conflict. The artwork is shared at your school or throughout the community.
Assistance Under Attack is an activity that uses a dodge ball game to helps students understand principles of international humanitarian law (IHL).
Bake for Humanity is an activity where students sell baked goods and attach Red Cross and international humanitarian law facts to each item sold.
Through this activity, you can teach International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by watching a movie and discussing how IHL rules and principles apply.
Losing Your Most Prized Possessions is an activity that increases participants’ knowledge of the struggles facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their protections under international humanitarian law (IHL) and refugee law.
Services to the Armed Forces Guides
Host a party and create cards with messages of thanks and holiday cheer to military members, veterans, and their families.
This event is a birthday party hosted at a local Veteran’s hospital or veterans program for all the birthdays in a particular month.
Totes of Hope is a personal care kit drive in which items for homeless veterans are collected, assembled in a backpack or tote bag, and distributed through Veteran’s hospitals or veterans outreach programs
Potential Activity Guide Calendar for your Red Cross Club
Have you ever wondered which events work best during each month? If so, check out the Activity Guide Calendar below!
- January: Blood Donor Month
- Hosting a Blood Drive
- Iron Rich Feast
- February: National Heart Month: Find Your Red Cross Heart
- Flirting for Disaster
- Tweets to Thanks
- March: Red Cross Month
- Battle of the Clubs
- Red Cross Rocks: Battle of the Bands
- April: Youth International Services Month
- Raid Cross
- Vaccinate a Village
- May: National Water Safety Month
- Disaster Speaks
- Citizen CPR
- June – August: Summer Fiesta
- Helping Hands
- Taste of Diversity
- Change for Change
- Birthday Party For Veterans
- Zip Kits
- Ready Relay
- September: National Preparedness Month
- Prepare and Share Kit Drive
- Preparedness Week
- October: Fires, and Zombies and Red Cross, Oh My!
- Zombie Apocalypse Party
- Fire Safety Canvassing
- November: NYIM
- Top Fundraising Ideas
- Sponsored Volunteerism
- December: Winter SAFety Month!
- Holiday Mail for Heroes
- Totes of Hope
If you have questions or need more information about the guides, please email youthinvolvement@redcrossorg.