How to become an American Red Cross volunteer

How to become an American Red Cross volunteer

by: Analiza Villarin Rush | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: June 18, 2016

It is PCS season. Many of our neighbors have gone back home, and we see new ones coming in. Some feel homesick, while others probably do not know what to do with everything they need to unpack and arrange. Others, even with all of these things happening, still feel bored. It happens, but there are ways to overcome boredom or feeling homesick.

Different people have their own way of coping with boredom. Volunteering is one, and it can be fun. Some people use it to acquire new skills while waiting for the right opportunity; some do it for the sake of sanity; some volunteer to meet people, new faces. Others volunteer only because it is better to be doing something productive. Being away from family and friends is something we have no control over, especially if our family is always on the go, but we can do something about it. Instead of just sitting down, get up and volunteer!

Serving the Armed Forces, the American Red Cross opens its door to all members of the DoD civilian and Active duty service members of Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) who are willing to volunteer their time. In fact, those who provide logistical support or have access to the base where local Red Cross is (Baumholder, Kleber, Landstuhl and Ramstein) may participate in the volunteer program.

How to become an American Red Cross volunteer:

1. Go to and create a Red Cross ID. You will receive steps to further your volunteer application via e-mail. Follow the steps provided.

2. Most of the time, a local background check is required, so please allow Red Cross to initiate one for you.

3. Attend a local orientation. At this point, you will have to make a decision as to what you want to do. You may be interested in a leadership position, and it is all up to you.

4. Once all on-boarding and necessary in-takes are addressed on your Volunteer Connection, then you will be able to start volunteering. 

It is that simple and easy. Next time you are looking for something to do, know that American Red Cross needs you. 

Tags: American Red Cross, volunteer opportunities, OCONUS PCS, military family, serve
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