American National Red Cross

Rating: 2.7 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Health, Human Services, International

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: 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  

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

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: 1 stars  

I thought the red cross was a good organization it's not I enjoy the class but when I asked to do something different they always want me to do fire call if you don't feel comfortable bout doing something you shouldn't have to be put on the The same call that how you learn doing different things

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

Let's make sure that if someone one wants to try something different I would do that

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

S0MTIME LIFE IS NOT AL ABOUT MONEY BUT HELP FROM OTHERS TOO BECAUSE WHEN A DISASTER COMES IT DOES NOT DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR BUT IT JUST AFFECTS ALL PEOPLE HENCE MEANING THAT RED CROSS IS LIKE DISASTER (WITH THE IMPARTIALITY PRINCIPLE) AM MORE THAN READY TO HELP OUT VOLUNTARILY

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

I WOULD WORK ON THE TRANSPORTATION OF VOLUNTEERS TO FIELDS BECAUSE RED CROSS CARS HELP IN THE INDICATIVE USE OF THE EMBLEMS

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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