Volunteers

Read blog posts from the Canadian Red Cross about our network of volunteers at home and abroad

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Making a difference for Canadians’ well-being

A young woman with short hair tied in a yellow ribbon, sitting at a desk, resting her face on her hand

Cindy Chiu volunteers to support the Health Equipment Loans Program and the Friendly Calls Program, two vital Red Cross community health and well-being services in Alberta.

A young woman with short hair tied in a yellow ribbon, sitting at a desk, resting her face on her hand

Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray: unexpectedly applying his infectious diseases background at home

A smiling man holding a dog

Red Cross volunteer David Summerby-Murray never expected a need to apply his expertise regarding infectious diseases in a place like Nova Scotia, but that quickly changed with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A smiling man holding a dog

Helping after Newfoundland housefires – volunteer Herica’s experience

Young woman in a Red Cross vest, pink sweater and jeans standing in front of charred siding, deck and BBQ of a burned out house.

Emergency Response Volunteers, like Herica in Newfoundland, play a big part in coordinating access to food, shelter, clothing, comfort and emotional support to Canadians affected by emergencies and disasters.

Young woman in a Red Cross vest, pink sweater and jeans standing in front of charred siding, deck and BBQ of a burned out house.

Celebrating 35 years with the Canadian Red Cross

Guy standing between, with arms around, two women in Haiti

With 35 years under his belt at the Canadian Red Cross, Guy Choquet is a critical member of the organization. His journey started at the age of 15 when he stepped forward to contribute his time as a water safety leader volunteer at the Canadian Red Cross. From then on, he never looked back.

Guy standing between, with arms around, two women in Haiti

New Canadian finds a way to give back to the country that welcomed him

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After an arduous journey as an asylum seeker from Colombia via the U.S., Juan Andres Espinel says his first moments after crossing the border into Canada have shaped his new life ever since. This is how he went from migrant to volunteer.

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Making a difference on the front line

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Red Cross volunteer Jack McCaskill helped respond to the wildfires in British Columbia in 2017. Here, he shares his experiences as a front line volunteer, and how volunteering has developed his skillset.

Man leaning against a concrete pillar smiling with arms crossed

Differences forge friendly calls friendship

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Brought together by the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program, Erma Crouse and Sasha Sadlemyer have forged a strong bond over their six months of weekly phone calls.
The differences between the pair are striking, making their shared connection even more special.
 

Sasha Sadlemyer: woman with shoulder length brown hair and glasses, smiling

Denis Simard: The art of combining humanity and humility to support people in need

Portrait of Denis Simard smiling

This July not only marks the 25th anniversary of the devastating Saguenay flood, but also 16 years of volunteer service for Denis Simard, a volunteer at the Fjord-du-Saguenay branch. 

Portrait of Denis Simard smiling

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The purpose of this blog, quite simply, is to talk. This blog is an opportunity for Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and friends to share stories about what is happening in your community and the important work you are doing. It is a tool that will help keep all of us connected.

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