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20220907 Be One Bring oneEvery day, the Red Cross sees the heartbreak of people coping with effects of natural disasters. Red Cross volunteers who are licensed healthcare and mental health providers show up to meet needs. The American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast Region, invites you to join their team as a part of the Be One, Bring One campaign as the need for compassionate volunteers has never been greater. You can use your professional skills as a licensed healthcare or licensed mental health provider and volunteer to deliver hands-on care or mental health support to those in need. Free online training is provided, and you can earn continuing education hours. Apply today to become a Disaster Health Services or Disaster Mental Health Professional volunteer so those in need don’t have to face tough times alone.

We are actively recruiting for these critical 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 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 Team: Are you a mental health professional with a master’s degree and a current license or certification in any US state or territory (or recently retired)? Your skills are needed to help people facing the stress and trauma of disaster, or to facilitate skills workshops for service members, veterans and their families. Free training is provided. 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.

Top 10 benefits of becoming a Red Cross volunteer:

1. Be a meaningful part of a larger mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
2. Make a difference in someone’s life. Whether you are helping a family recover from a fire or supporting the collection of lifesaving blood, the impact is real.
3. Meet new people. Our volunteers are amazing people from all sorts of backgrounds that share a desire to give back to their local communities.
4. Gain self-confidence. Volunteering can bring a sense of pride and accomplishment, which helps to build a more positive self-image.
5. Stay active. Many volunteer roles can help get you out of the house and move around which can improve your overall wellbeing.
6. Have fun! Explore new interests and passions all while contributing to a meaningful cause.
7. Learn new skills. Red Cross volunteer positions include free training and provide an opportunity to try new things.
8. Experience the happiness effect by working together to provide critical assistance.
9. Challenge yourself and try something new. Volunteering will make a difference in YOUR life. Volunteers often express how the experience has changed their life.
10. Volunteer from home. That’s right, in your pajamas! The Red Cross has many virtual volunteer positions. Perhaps: “Flexible schedules that allow you to volunteer from you home and around your existing schedule.”

Take the next step towards turning tragedy into hope by visiting: www.redcross.org/volunteertoda, or you can contact Trisha Garcia, DWE Manager at trisha.garcia@redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossTXGC, Facebook at RedCrossTXGC and Instagram at txgulfcoastredcross.