All About Volunteering

Where do I sign up to volunteer?

Go to volunteer.psu.edu/redcross

What volunteer opportunities are available?

The Student Red Cross Club affords volunteers a multitude of ways to get involved. These opportunities include volunteering at blood drives, fundraising events, sign up tables, CPR and First Aid classes and many more.

Blood Drive Volunteer Job Descriptions

Greeter

  • Ask each presenting donor for ID. If none is available check with the charge nurse on how to proceed.
  • Ask each donor to read the required information on the laminated sheets in the informational binder. Refer all donor questions regarding medication, medical conditions or travel to the charge nurse.
  • Ask each donor to wait until a Red Cross staff member calls him/her to a health history station.

Walker

  • Escort each donor from bed to canteen. Please carry donor's personal belongings.
  • Have each donor sit in chair with the chair pushed in and facing forward.
  • Watch for signs that the donor doesn't feel well. If the donor feels faint or loses consciousness, call for help.
  • If the donor starts to bleed from their bandaged area, call for help. Don't touch the blood. Do not try to stop the bleeding or touch the bandage with your hands.

Canteen

  • See that each donor is seated comfortably with both feet flat on the floor and facing the table.
  • See that each donor is seated comfortably with both feet flat on the floor and facing the table.
  • Ask each donor what snack and drink he/she would like and serve it to him/her.
  • Do not let a donor go to the restroom unaccompanied.
  • Please never leave the canteen unattended. If you have to leave, please inform the charge nurse.
  • Watch for signs that the donor doesn't feel well. If the donor feels faint or loses consciousness, call for help.
  • If the donor starts to bleed from their bandaged area, call for help. Don't touch the blood. Do not try to stop the bleeding or touch the bandage with your hands.

Recruiter

  • Hand out flyers about the current blood drive around campus.
  • Possibly walk around in the dog costume with flyers/signs.

Traffice Controller

  • Keep track of donors waiting to go into "health and history" and manage the flow of donors into "health and history."
  • Ask each donor whether they have an appointment or not, and mark this accordingly on the clipboard.

Volunteer of the Month

The SRCC officers have decided that our awesome volunteers do not get enough recognition! We began something called the Volunteer of the Month award! SRCC club members are now able to be nominated by both officers and OSC's to win this award. The award will be given each month to volunteers who have showed exceptional commitment to the club as a volunteer, not only at blood drives but also at other events the club participates in. It will focus on those members who have gone above and beyond the expectations of a volunteer to help better our club and our club goals. We are looking for members who have truly dedicated themselves to helping the lives of others and who truly have a great appreciation for the club. Good luck and we're really excited to see all of the great things that our club members will do this year!

Download the Volunteer of the Month Form and bring it filled out to a meeting or send it to Rino Sato (rxs5071@psu.edu) filled out in an email. Check up on past winners here.