92 Bowery St., NY 10013

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Category: Civic and Community

Help Your Neighbor After a Home Fire

Every day people are forced from their homes due to disasters. Single and multi-family fires account for 90% of disaster responses for the American Red Cross. Compassionate and committed Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers help those families affected.

Respond to families affected by home fires, flooding or other local disasters to provide resources, comfort and hope to those who have been affected.

Be the beacon of hope to families who are likely having the worst day of their lives.


  • 18 years or older with a valid United States driver’s license
  • Training provided both online courses and shadow with experienced volunteers​​​​​​​
  • Computer with internet
  • Volunteers applying for in-person position assignments require vaccination verification. Instructions to provide information and supporting documentation of vaccination will be provided once you submit your application.

What Our Volunteers Are Saying

  • “I’m retired and was looking for a way to help in my local community. I love that I found the Red Cross because being able to help someone in one of their greatest times of need is a feeling like no other.” ~Charlie V.
  • “I watched the Red Cross help my Mom when she had a house fire and I knew I wanted to help giveback anyway I could. Now I am able to pay it forward for my Mom and our family.” ~Laqueesha J.
  • “I may not have money to give, but I have time.” ~Taylor W.
  • “It’s a wonderful feeling being able to help someone affected by a house fire, who literally, may only have the clothes on their back.” ~Julie M.
  •  WATCH the VIDEO of volunteers (note: this was made prior to Covid)

How to get started – Complete the online application HERE

Or for any questions or to schedule a personal volunteer consultation contact:
Kristin Pendleton, Senior Volunteer Recruitment Specialist American Red Cross
Call or Text: 314-281-7968
Schedule a convenient time to discuss your questions

Review Grant Applications

If you could help thousands of people in your area from the comfort of your home, would you?
Every 3 years, United Way of Southeast Missouri opens grant applications. In 2019, over 1 million dollars in funding was requested by local organizations. As much as we wish we could fund all of those wonderful programs, it’s just not possible for a small United Way located in rural Missouri. Luckily for us, United Way staff members don’t have to make funding decisions, we leave it up to our community and a committee of volunteers!
You can play a vital role in helping to determine which programs and agencies will receive UWSEMO funding by reviewing and scoring grant applications.
We’re asking each volunteer to review at least two applications that will be assigned to you. These are stored and scored online using a simple rubric we provide. Each application takes about 30 minutes and requires a computer and internet access. This is a helpful way to learn about needs in our community and the many organizations working together to address them.

Serve Seniors with Jackson Senior Center

Jackson Senior Center is searching for additional volunteers this holiday season.


Volunteers are needed to help serve meals at the Senior Center and to help transport meals to our home-bound neighbors.


If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Janet at (573) 243-4241.

Speak Up for a Child – Voices for Children/CASA

Speak Up for a Child
Voices for Children/CASA volunteers speak for children who are in the court system. Their role is vital to the future of foster children in our community. They investigate cases, facilitate the delivery of services to the child and family, advocate on behalf of the child to the Court, and monitor the progression of the case until it is resolved. Our volunteers work with a team of professionals to expedite a safe, permanent placement for each child, and to ensure that the system fulfills its responsibilities to each child.
With the assistance of a trained CASA volunteer, each child spends an average of a year less in the system. Our program provides trained community volunteers who are willing to invest time to make a difference in a child’s life.
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit or call 573-335-1726.

Over The Edge – Ropes Volunteer


Separate from event volunteers, we will need 10-12 Rope Volunteers to assist OTE’s technical team on Media/VIP Day and Event Day.

Although we prefer individuals who have experience working with rope, such as climbers, cavers, firefighters, and SWAT, becoming a rope volunteer is open to anyone with an enthusiastic and safety-conscious mindset. The highly trained technical staff at Over The Edge provides all the training that they will need during a session on the day prior to the event.  

Rope Volunteers will be expected to:  

  1. Watch a 1-hour online video before the event (if first time as Ropes Volunteer)  
  2. Attend a 3-hour training session on Media/VIP Day (if first time as Ropes Volunteer) 
  3. Volunteer all day on event day Rope volunteers will get to rappel the building as part of their training; schedule permitting. 

Specific duties:  

  • Roof – Support Site Safety Supervisor at main rappel area, help to load edgers and coach them over the edge 
  • Training – Support Training Manager in training all edgers before they go over the edge 
  • Staging – Support Staging Manager, help get edgers into gear and ready to go on the roof 
  • Landing Zone – Belay ropes and assist edgers when they finish their rappel Important Items:

Benefits for Ropes Volunteers ONLY:

  • Ropes Volunteers will receive a bracelet made from retired rope
  • Ropes Volunteers will receive a T-shirt
  • Ropes Volunteers will have the opportunity to rappel without raising minimum donation ($1,000 value).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Raechel at and register here. 

▪ Once registered as a Ropes Volunteer on OTE’s website, you will receive an automated response confirming the registration, which provides information about the training webinar. 10 days before the event you will receive an email from OTE with specific event details. 

Community Investment Committee

Who decides where the money United Way raises each year goes?

Concerned, caring people like you make that decision, and YOU can be one of them by volunteering to serve on our Allocations Review Panel. United Way’s allocations process is a great place to learn about our community, meet interesting and committed people from all walks of life, develop leadership skills and help one in three people in the region. Interested in making a positive difference?

Contact Elizabeth Shelton or call 573-334-9634 for information about this volunteer opportunity.