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American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.67 stars   78 reviews 14,992

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.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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  

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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Rating: 1 stars  

2 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  

2 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. The new staff treat volunteers poorly. There is also a lot of back stabbing and bragging, that prevents any team building. On various deployments, I saw things that concerned me. Read the articles by Pro Publica and NPR. Currently, the government accountability office and Senator Grassley are investigating. The current director in the Bangor Maine office is very unprofessional and disrespectful to the volunteers.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am a member of the Red Cross Disaster Response team for Baltimore city and Baltimore County, Maryland. Our team responds to emergencies, both local and national. Usually, they are local house fires, but we have responded to local hurricanes, floods and tornados too. We send out a team, often in the middle of the night, and they assess the situation and provide needed food, clothing, shelter, referrals, and other services as needed. Sometimes a nurse or mental health volunteer is needed too. Our volunteers have a demanding task--helping people who may have lost everything and are traumatized and confused. It's especially hard when there are injuries or fatalities. Our team is trained to respond to all kinds of disasters, and we have received national recognition for the numbers of well-trained volunteers we have deployed to large disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. I am very proud of our DAT team!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We have typically donated to the American Red Cross as disasters across our country and all over the world have occurred. Recently, a church group sent out a spreadsheet on multiple charities and it was noted that the CEO of the American Red Cross was Marsha J. Evans and she earned $651,957 per year. I decided to research that information and find that the current CEO is actually Gail McGorvern and she earns $500,000 per year. While we are part of the middle class and can't comprehend someone making $500,000 per year, we understand that her responsibilities are vast therefore, it is easy to imagine that she earns every penny of that salary.

My problem is with all of these groups that circulate emails to thousands of people and those people who are inclined to believe everything that they read no matter the source. We ourselves received assistance from the American Red Cross when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and we appreciated the fact that they were set up and assisting at the local level.

We have been paying it forward since. For the first time I took exception to the email that was circulating and sent your most recent post out on the internet regarding the American Red Cross.
It is difficult, in our times, to know in whom to put your trust and having seen the American Red Cross in action along the coast during the aftermath of that devasting hurricane, I feel comfortable in supporting them. Church groups tend to support their own members, the American Red Cross sees no boundaries.



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

Show documentaries on the American Red Cross in action and hear responses from the people who have benefitted by the assistance they received. There is a lot of mis-information circulating and people are confused and find it difficult to trust anyone. Where there is "a lack of information" someone will most certainly fill in the blanks with mis-information. Let's see the American Red Cross in action.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

 
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