Volunteer, get involved!

Pauliina Pensikkala
Fotograf: Pauliina Pensikkala
"During the Week against racism in Turku good actions against racism are collected by the volunteers."
Pauliina Pensikkala
Fotograf: Pauliina Pensikkala
"First aid training at the Turku International Club. "
Fotograf: Ulkoministeriö
"By introducing the refugee tent one may increase the general awareness about the lives of the refugees."

Thank you in advance for your interest to join us as a volunteer.

The volunteers of the Finnish Red Cross operate in over 500 branches across Finland. Under these branches, there are about 45 000 active volunteers and 90 000 members.

As a non-Finnish language speaker, there are various voluntary opportunities you can join. 

Box collector

Volunteers register under this group collect donations during emergency collections and campaigns. The funds collectedby box collectors allow the Red Cross to respond to the need of target groups quickly and efficiently. The need to collect donations is often used as a response to natural disasters, such as earthquakes or hurricanes. In addition to emergency collections, funds are collected during campaigns, the most important of which is the annual Hunger Day

For more information, please contact the district office, tel. +358 207 01 2400. E-mail: varsinais-suomi@punainenristi.fi

Blood donation

Each day, ill and injured people need donated blood. Your blood can save a patient’s life.

For more information on how to donate blood, please contact: Turku Blood donation center, Yliopistonkatu 29 b (3rd floor), 20100 Turku. Please see the web page of The Blood Service for the opening hours and additional information https://www.bloodservice.fi/blood-donation/donate-blood/where-can-you-donate/turku

Multicultural activities

The multicultural activities organized by the Finnish Red Cross bring together people from different backgrounds. As a volunteer, you can contribute in creating more equal and pluralistic society.

The Finnish Red Cross, South-West district, organize various multicultural activities that can fit your interest. More importantly, it is easy to join in our activities which are designed to fit different life style. None of the multicultural activities require any special skills – you are welcome to join regardless of your background. Every voluntary action is valuable and greatly appreciated.

For further information on the matter, please contact your own local branch or the district Development Officer of Multicultural activities: Pauliina Pensikkala, tel. +358 (0)400 541 033 E-mail: pauliina.pensikkala@redcross.fi

Advocacy work

We also involve volunteers in our advocacy work to bring change on selected areas. You can join, for example, in activities for the week against racism. Every year, you can involve in planning and implementing activities promoting tolerance and multiculturalism. The other possibility is to volunteer for refugee tent campaign. This campaign tries to share with target groups at school or other events the living condition of refugees staying in camps. The district will offer you the necessary training before your assignments.

For further information, Pauliina Pensikkala, Development Officer of Multicultural activities. tel. +358 (0)400 541 033. E-mail: pauliina.pensikkala@redcross.fi

See more about the Against racism program from the national webpage

In Turku region, you can also volunteer in activities organized by Ruissalo branch https://rednet.punainenristi.fi/ruissalo. Please contact: ruissalo(a)rednet.redcross.fi

These activities include:

1.    Friend visitor

Finnish Red Cross acts as an intermediary between volunteer friend visitors and those looking for human contact. As a volunteer friend visitor, the only thing you have to do is to give some of your time. You can spend time together by having a coffee, going outdoors or pursuing an interesting hobby. You can decide yourselves how you would like to meet. Friend visitor activities create bonds across age and cultural boundaries, and the time spent together enriches the volunteer’s life as well.

2.    Children/ youth homework club:

As an instructor at a homework club you help schoolchildren with homework after school, inspire and encourage.

3.    Reception center activities:

You can also involve in organizing free time activities at the reception centers. Volunteers visit reception centers on certain days of the week and at agreed time to organize activities of their choice. Themes of the weekly visits can, for example, be sharing basic information about Finnish society, different kind of sports, arts and crafts, cooking etc.

New volunteers and ideas are always welcome!