There are many volunteer opportunities available. A brief overview of some of them is shown below. To request an application to volunteer, email arctan-info@mit.edu.

Please note that some volunteer positions require specific Red Cross training.

donate clothing

Donate unwanted clothing to the Red Cross! Check out the American Red Cross Clothing Donation Bin outside the Howard Johnson athletic center (MIT building W34) on the side facing the parking lot behind Kresge auditorium.

blood services

Blood Services volunteers provide a safe, friendly environment for blood donors at blood drives and donor centers. Volunteers register donors, work in the donor room and staff the canteen area. Last year, the American Red Cross Blood Services New England Region collected over 180,000 units of whole blood. Without volunteer support, this life-saving effort would not have been possible.

The Boston Red Cross Blood Services visits MIT five times every year, hoping to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood in our region. ARCTAN volunteers help with scheduling, publicity, registration, and the canteen area for these blood drives. Make a reservation to donate blood!

food pantry

The American Red Cross operates a food pantry at the Massachusetts Bay chapter in Back Bay. The pantry is open Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9AM-12PM for low income individuals and families. Help is always needed in the areas of food packaging and distribution and client registration and check-in. In particular, volunteers that speak Russian, Spanish and Chinese are encouraged to help out. The work is light and there are many opportunities to make new friends.

The pantry is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (between Magazine St and Napa St). Volunteers can take the Boston 1 Bus to the Albany St stop; the pantry is a few blocks down, on Proctor St. Look for the American Red Cross Food and Nutrition Program banner.

youth programs

Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to youth participating in Red Cross clubs and volunteer programs. Student activities include the international friendship box program, educational programs in Health & Safety or Disaster services, administrative help, leadership development and more.