College Resources

When you volunteer with the American Red Cross, you become a part of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world and are able to make a positive impact on your peers and in your community. Volunteering with the Red Cross will help you make a difference in other people’s lives, all while maximizing your talents, learning new skills, improving your resume and meeting new people.

Red Cross Club Toolkits

One of the many ways to become a Red Cross volunteer is to start or join a Red Cross Club.

Red Cross Club is a group that provides you and your peers with opportunities to make a meaningful impact by addressing your community’s greatest needs and developing leadership skills. Red Cross Clubs empower you with knowledge and life-saving skills to help prepare your school and community to respond to emergencies.

Check out our toolkits below to help you start and maintain a successful Red Cross Club!

For more information about starting and joining a Red Cross Club, contact your local Red Cross Unit.


Activity Guides

Activity Guides 

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 what 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!

National Collegiate Assembly

The National Collegiate Assembly (NCA) is a network of Collegiate Red Cross Clubs and their Chapters. This network facilitates communication via monthly phone calls and builds collegiate partnerships within each division and across the nation.

The NCA allows the Red Cross to demonstrate the capability of collegiate clubs, to fully integrate the Red Cross mission into all club activities, to contribute to the success of national initiatives, and to track the impact of club activities. Find your Hub Club and join a call.

Presentations for Red Cross Clubs

How to Fundraise Presentation
A guide with tips on how to host a successful fundraiser for the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Club Presentation for School Administration
A presentation to introduce and explain Red Cross Clubs to school administration. Use when seeking approval from school administration to start a Red Cross Club.

More Resources

Storm the Dorms: Emergency Preparedness for Colleges (Thanks to the UCLA Red Cross)
A presentation by the UCLA Red Cross Club on emergency preparedness

Measles Initiative

Measles Initiative PPT
A thorough powerpoint on the history of Measles Initiative and its progress through 2009.

Measles Advocate Video
A video raising awareness about the Measles Initiative.

Madagascar Campaign Video
An example video of what the Measles Initiative does.

Service to the Armed Forces

 United We Serve SAF Toolkit
Originally used for a “United We Serve” Project, this toolkit gives great examples of what youth can do to help service to the armed forces!

Youth Blogs

Southeastern Michigan Chapter
Oregon Pacific Chapter

Presentations and Handouts from the National Youth Institute 2009

American Red Cross 1.0
An updated primer on the Red Cross for new youth volunteers.

American Red Cross 2.0
An updated review of Red Cross priorities and opportunities for experienced youth volunteers.

Fundraising 101
An excellent overview of fundraising, including donor motivation, making an effective case and the different options available to youth programs.

School Club Panel
A presentation regarding school clubs: what they are, how they can be strengthened and how to maximize their impact on the Red Cross mission.
Storytelling Cookbook

A reference for youth programs that use social media tools – like YouTube, Utterli and WordPress – to help relate the story of what the Red Cross means to individuals and communities.

Synergistic Partnerships
A presentation directed at youth advisers that want to develop partnerships to maximize their effectiveness in the community.

Find a Red Cross Club

Are you wondering where our Red Cross Clubs are located? Is there a Red Cross Club at your school or in your community? Check out the Red Cross Club Listing page.  The page provides an overview of the registered Red Cross Clubs in each state and allows you to see details about specific Clubs. You can search by zip or city and can filter by age group within your state.

Youtube Youth Playlist

Checkout the Youtube youth playlist here!