American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.56 stars   72 reviews

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Location: 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: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My husband and I went to Waldorf, MD Red Cross to help after the 2002 tornado in La Plata. They made us help organizing and moving their warehouse all morning, fed us, and told us we can go home.
We asked why we don't have to be in La Plata. They then told us we can go there and ask.
After arriving to La Plata, we went to the Red Cross Tent where about 4,5 people were sitting around chatting.
They said THERE IS NOTHING FOR US TO DO!
We went to the next tent which looked very busy.
It was a group called People's Place.
They told us to grab a pair of yard gloves from a large bin, and a piece of paper with address and direction, and told us to follow our leader with a chainsaw. A group of 10 -15 of us went to a house of an old lady and worked all afternoon.
We went back the next day with our own chainsaw. They sent us to a huge historic house where we worked with Amish and other volunteers.
A local grocery store brought sandwiches for lunch.
A few hours later, The Red Cross drove up, delivering lunch.
We told them we already had sanwiches.
The Red Cross lady said, "But this is Popeye!"
They just don't get it.
They don't know how to help people.

FYI, I tried to give money to People's Place..They don't exist.
I heard that they are group of people woking for places like United Way. They only get together during disaster...
Hard to believe how organized their operation was compared to the Red Cross which is a full time organization with tonz of donation.

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I learned not to trust any organization because of their name or popurality. You just need to research.

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

Learn what people really need during disaster. Train people better. Change leader ship. Have a better plan. Learn from other organization.

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

After Hurricane Katrina, I was pulled off of my AmeriCorps site to go to relief work with the local Red Cross chapter. Years later, in the aftermath of Haiti and Japan, I still cannot support the Red Cross because of the terrible situations I witnessed Red Cross staff create while volunteering. They were only interested in money, ignored volunteer offers from doctors, took people out on buses and then left them behind and in the end spent thousands of dollars to throw the volunteers a thank you party, instead of giving the victims and of that money for support. I refuse to donate to them and encourage everyone I know to donate elsewhere. I am working with a group now raising money for Japan and am strongly advocating they send their money to a different charity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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

teach them compassion.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My blood boils when I see management of non-profits get paid outrageously, especially when they complain that the contributions are not enough. Red Cross is not the only organization contributes to humanity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

doing some noble work

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

simplify bureaucracy, reduce management's salary by 50%, reduce cost, make the organization more efficient

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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Rating: 3 stars  

why the large net asset value.?
I understand reserve and functional needs as cars and equipment, but over a billion?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they did help me after a fire, but I want more effeciency.

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

make sure more went to programs instead of staff perks and salaries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Tens of thousands of trained Red Cross volunteers in the USA help those affected by flood, fires (including house fires), earthquakes and other disasters. You can donate to the national organization, or to your local Red Cross Chapter if you want the money to support the local disaster relief fund. Only Red Cross is at the scene when needed to help victims of house fires. Only Red Cross is there without pushing a religion or soliciting donations from the victims.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping those most in need in a timely manner. They verify both need and ability to use funds properly before distributing direct financial aid.

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

Urge the national organization to financially support the local chapters on a regular basis, rather than the other way around.

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Over many years I've donated almost 5 gallons of blood through the Norfolk, VA chapter of the American Red Cross. Recent interactions with the phlebotomists have declined to the point of rudeness. They lack education and common courtesy. When donors take time to suffer the discomfort of a blood donation, they need to be treated with utmost respect and hospitality. I give less often now because I dread the experience, even though I know that my donations are priceless and desperately needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Blood Drives

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The American Red Cross has collected close to 500 Million Dollars for Haiti relief. Money given to the Red Cross specifically for Haiti. The Red Cross has only allocated 106 Million to-date. The Red Cross has used this money to pay off past debts, do financial investments and pay extremely high executive salaries. They do this when Haiti needs heavy equipment, building materials and jobs for Haiti to re-build itself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The American Red Cross is one of the oldest, largest, most experienced, and most transparent disaster relief organizations in the world. Donations for domestic or foreign disasters are sure to be handled and used properly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly dedicated and professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Never donate to the American Red Cross for an international disaster. They spend more money on cars then helping people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

donate it to the ICRC

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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