Three ways you can get involved and offer your supportThank you for your interest in supporting the Red Cross' humanitarian work
Throughout the continent, Red Cross staff and volunteers are providing vital emergency assistance to migrants arriving in their local communities. You too can make a difference and help those who are in desperate need of humanitarian support. There are many ways in which you can help , such as donating in cash and in kind, volunteering or working for the Red Cross. We recommend looking up information by the National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in your country. Try www.redcross.[countrycode] or consult the IFRC website.
For residents in Belgium, we can offer the following information provided by Croix-Rouge de Belgique and Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen:
Belgian Red Cross was overwhelmed with generous donations by citizens in past weeks. We are very grateful and currently very well stocked. For the time being, the most meaningful form of donating is in cash. Find more information here.
Volunteers play a crucial role in Red Cross services for refugees. There is always a need for volunteers who dedicate a number of hours per week in the Transit Shelter in Brussels and the various Reception Centres across Belgium. The type of assistance provided is not suitable with spontaneous and/or short-term volunteers. We invite citizens to volunteer on the basis of a well-considered and longer commitment. For services delivered to migrants we have particular need for volunteers with a strong social and intercultural background as well as linguistic skills in French and/or Dutch as well as Arabic, Persian, etc.
Hungarian Red Cross volunteers distribute hot drinks, blankets and waterproof clothes/covers to the migrants sheltered at the Keleti underpass in Budapest. The Red Cross has mobilized volunteers from other locations such as Röszke in order to adapt its response, ans is also working 24/7 at the camps in Debrecen and Vámosszabad, distributing relief items and providing psychosocial support. (Photos: Hungarian Red Cross)
For more information please contact:
Croix-Rouge de Belgique (Wallonie and Brussels): firstname.lastname@example.org
Rode Kruis-Vlaanderen: email@example.com
Internationally, all volunteering opportunities are managed by the local Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies. If you are interested in volunteering in other countries please check the IFRC website where contact details for each country can be found.