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American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.73 stars   80 reviews 15,721

Nonprofit Issues:

Disaster Aid, Health, Human Services, International

Address:

National Headquarters PO Box 96456 Washington DC 20090 USA

Mission:

The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

The American Red Cross is an outstanding organization. They have and continue to do an amazing service to the victims of hurricane Sandy. Also while helping the victims of hurricane Sandy they respond to fires and floods all over the country. They recently responded to 2 fires in my general area recently. They have the victims of the fires comfort clothing food and rented them a hotel room. I'm glad knowing they are out there and that 92 cents from every dollar donated goes to the cause.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering for the Red Cross almost 15 years ago in Germany as a participant in the dental assistant training program. The Red Cross changed my life at that point. I had no career path to speak of and the Red Cross gave me an employable skill and future. I continued volunteer for the Red Cross until I was offered a paid position at a dental clinic. I then took a break from the Red Cross for several years while I worked and raised my children. Two years ago I found myself again overseas this time in South Korea. I was able to use my skills from my initial experience with the Red Cross to help teach other dental assistants. I was also trained to be a CPR instructor and have been volunteer teach CPR classes for two years. The Red Cross is an amazing organization that has helped me grow into the person I wanted to be and I am forever grateful.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

American Red Cross and the Service to the Armed Forces department truly care about the military and their families. The Red Cross deploys with the military and are assigned with the military overseas and in the US to ensure that they have the needed emergency communications

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am one of the 20 some Pet Visitation Volunteers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It is one of the BEST jobs in the world. The Red Cross runs a tight program assuring that all the dogs and handlers are fully qualified. There are many rules but the rewards are even greater.

I have done pet visitation for a number of years with another organization but nothing prepared me for the experience of serving our nation's military and their families. It is an honor and a privilege. As you might expect, dogs in a hospital/clinic situation requires some careful coordination. The Red Cross staff and our Pet Therapy volunteers work closely together to make sure patient requests for pet visitation are filled and any problems are addressed promptly.

In addition to the Pet Therapy at Walter Reed I have taken advantage of several Red Cross Events that allowed me and my dog to visit some historic sights in the DC area and participate in larger events.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Full of activities that accommodate family that stationed overseas. Even single sailors can participate. I've learned a lot from RedCross and there's still a lot things to learn.
Very open to ideas from volunteers. Full of useful informations that we don't know but we might need.
It's just like my other family here.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Since being part of the volunteer team at Misawa, Japan, I have been warmly welcomed and have served in several capacities. Our Station Chairman, Karen Jorgensen, is a great supporter of her volunteer staff and rewards their efforts with recognition events such as painting the Torii Gate and the Hachinohe horse, or a party where drummers serenaded us during the awards celebration. There have been other recognitions to honor those who give many service hours. I have personally been involved with Navy and Air Force Safety days, giving presentations at Sollars Elementary School and in from of the base X-Change. We started the Master of Disaster Program and have held classes for Cub Scouts, for the Lunney Youth Center, Activity Girls from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and other youth. In March, we celebrated Red Cross birthday by walking 133 miles and on every Friday at the base X-Change entrance, we gave away 25 large totes, personal hygiene kits, a Red Cross Kit, a fire emergency sheet with pen, emergency handouts and talked with many people on having a kit and being prepared. At present, we are being trained in the Pillowcase Project and are very excited about that. The American Red Cross has provided me with an avenue to serve and help others and I am very glad we have this organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for approximately 11 months, and have actively enjoyed getting people the help they need!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an American Red Cross volunteer at Yokosuka Japan. I think being overseas makes this organization extraordinary. This organization and its volunteers instill pride and professionalism to everything that they do for the community. I am very proud to say that I was part of the Masters of disasters class offered to youth during the summer break program. Being inside the military installation allowed the youth to experience astonishing tour to the weather station, fire department and was able to received information from the subject matter expert regarding the different type natural disasters. This organization also offered numerous free classes and provided informative information in regards to getting ready for any disasters.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Where is "The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief" go?!!!
http://www.npr.org/2015/06/03/411524156/in-search-of-the-red-cross-500-million-in-haiti-relief?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150603

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Not at all a positive, enjoyable or rewarding place to volunteer. Many great volunteers and staff have quit or been fired. On various deployments, I saw things that concerned me greatly. Read the articles by Pro Publica and NPR. Currently, the government accountability office and Senator Grassley are investigating . The red cross has become a bloated inefficient and ineffective organization. The current program manager in the Bangor Maine office is very unprofessional and disrespectful to the volunteers and is concerned with promoting her career, not helping people in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Respect and appreciation for the volunteers needs to be implemented The system needs transparent accounting and all the other areas that they are being investigated for need to be corrected

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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