National Relief Charities

Rating: 4.29 stars   108 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 16415 Addison Road, Suite 200 Addison TX 75001 USA

Mission: National Relief Charities is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote, isolated and impoverished reservations. NRC maintains relations with more than 1,000 reservation partners focused on leading positive change within their tribal communities. A BBB-accredited charity, our mission is: Serving immediate needs. Supporting long-term solutions. Our vision is: Strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.
Results: NRC is known among our reservation partners as a solid, steady resource that provides the right goods – the requested goods – in the right time and right way for tribal communities. We achieve 96% customer satisfaction, providing aid to areas most organizations cannot reach. In addition to delivering essential goods and services, NRC is developing community leaders who can drive social change in their reservation communities. We are also challenging dependency and poverty by involving community members in the delivery of our services--simultaneously enhancing capacity while meeting diverse needs. Each year, 90-95% of our scholarship students complete the college year, and hundreds of thousands of Native Americans welcome relief from day-to-day symptoms of poverty. Our annual report, effectiveness report, partner and participant stories, and press coverage are published on our website at www.nrcprograms.org. Our Charting Impact report is available at http://www.guidestar.org/report/chartingimpact/575773695/national-relief-charities.pdf. Our BBB report is available at http://give.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/national-relief-charities-in-sherman-tx-627.
Target demographics: NRC provides consistent aid and services for Native Americans with the highest needs in the U.S.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Collaborating with our reservation partners, we improve quality of life for 250,000 Native Americans each year—and yet there is more to do.
Geographic areas served: NRC’s scholarships are offered nationwide to tribally-enrolled Native Americans students. Our long-term solutions and our material goods and services for immediate relief span 60 reservations throughout the Southwest and Northern Plains regions of the U.S.
Programs: NRC cares about quality of life and supports the self-determined goals of the tribes. Our programs (AIEF, ROAR, CIN, AIRC, SNRF, NAA, SWIRC and NRF) span education, animal welfare and Northern Plains and Southwest reservation aid. Specifically, our material services focus on nutrition, health, K-12 education, emergency relief, animal welfare, and holiday needs being addressed by our reservation partners within their tribal communities. Our long-term solutions support higher education, community investment projects, and capacity-building for local leaders and reservation communities. NRC connects outside resources directly to the reservations through our distribution network and reservation partnerships.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Pueblo of Acoma has been partners with The National Relief Charities for the past several years and has been recieving food items and non-food items which has assisted our Detention Department out with all items that we have been receiving. Our Detention Population has really benefited with what has all been offered to us, with the economy being bad and the things that we really can't purchase or don't have the funds for The National Relief Charities has stepped in to assist us with our daily needs to get us by from month to month! With the support and service that we continue to get from National Relief Charities, we can continue to have a good working relationship! I just want to express and praise our partners at National Relief Charities to continue to do an Excellent job!!! Keep up the Good Work and many blessings go out to all you fine folks!!!

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

A lot

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Quite well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I manage a Correctional facility on our reservation and have had the wonderful opportunity to work with NRC in providing the means to support our efforts in helping our people and our community. With NRC assistance we have developed a community beautification program which conducts clean up of our school sites, play grounds and lake areas. NRC also provides our program with the necessary supplies to help our Residents when they are placed in treatment programs. We are thankful for all the assistance we have recieved .

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

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have volunteered for the American Indian Education Foundation for nearly ten years as part of the Scholarship Selection Committee. AIEF is one branch of National Relief Charities whose focus is to promote educational opportunities for Native American students. The Scholarship Selection Committee meets annually to award college scholarships to Native American students that show a strong desire to pursue additional education and give back to their communities. These students have often overcome significant hurdles to pursue their goals. The committee spends many hours carefully reviewing the scholarship applications in advance and then we meet as a group to discuss the applications. We describe what spoke to us about the students' essays and educational history, and arrive at a consensus of awarded applicants. This is a unique process that has worked well in selecting students that successfully complete their course of study. It has been an honor to work with the talented AIEF staff and fellow committee members who are educators and student facilitators from tribes across the nation. We've recently started awarding a small number of graduate level scholarships in addition to the majority of undergraduate ones. It is especially nice to support new and returning AIEF recipients who have excelled in undergraduate programs, and want to continue on to get their post-graduate degrees in fields ranging from medicine to sociology. I've found that the AIEF scholarship program is like many of the other programs that the National Relief Charities runs. It is well thought out and targeted to those most in need. The AIEF staff follows up with students throughout the year to see how they're doing, particularly important for those students that may be hundreds of miles from family and familiar surroundings. Part of what impresses me about AIEF and the NRC organization in general is their longevity--they're in it for the long haul and they continually strive to improve their service to Native American communities.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach parenting classes to young teen moms and dads on the Navajo reservation and NRC has been a tremendous help to me. They deliver incentives all the way from Phoenix to NM to help our program. The Navajo teen parents love to come to class and are rewarded with things they need for their children. For the needy population I work with NRC has been a tremendous blessing. They have been helping my program for six years now and I look forward to our continuing relationship. Barbara

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been in partnership with National relief Charities for a few wonderful years! NRC has been a great program to work with and this includes the great administrative staff and drivers. This program brings many useful items that our participants make useof. Allour participants are always eager to see what sort of items they are receiving. the incentives really play a big part in encouraging our patients to keep their appointments.I always hear stories about how they were in need of a certain item and NRC supplied it. They call NRC their Wal-Mart. Our participants appreciate what the program does for them especially when times are tough; these incentive items really help them out in ways you can't imagine. We would like continued support from the supporting partners because we appreciate what they do for our community. Thank-you for all you do!!!

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Definitely

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

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a program partner on the Zuni Reservation I have had the pleasure of working with the NRC staff. National Relief Charities is by far one of the best non-profit organizations that I have worked with. The entire NRC staff is awesome. They are very helpful and always willing to answer any question and help in any way. The personal care items and household items that they provide to the Elders in my community are so very much appreciated. By providing these items our Elders are able to purchase more groceries or pay a utility bill. We live in a rural area where economic challenges are faced everyday. NRC is a great help for those in our community that are on a fixed and very limited income. Thank you to all who work with NRC.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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In behalf of NRC, thanks so much for your review and your partnership. You make an important point about the material goods we provide. The products themselves are helpful, but they are more than just products. They are family helpers, stress reducers, and budget savers for Elders living on a fixed income. Thanks again.

Rating: 4 stars  

I was a program partner with NRC on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The staff was always helpful and found ways to help me when needed. Their services and products were invaluable and much needed. This is probably one of the best non-profit organizations I have had the pleasure of working with.

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 lot

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?

2009

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

All the incentives I receive for the Elder/Youth Program is very well appreciated. They truly enjoy all the wonderful incentives, which helps aide my program for attendance. With the economy today, and the fact that everyone is on a limited income, the shampoo's, lotions, bodywash, toothbrush/toothpast, ect. do help out. The clothing, shoes, socks, hats, sunscreens, bottled water, etc., are very beneficial, also. All the arts & crafts and exercise equipment are enjoyed by everyone. I could go on and on, to say that the National Relief Charities Program is doing an excellent job benefiting the tribal members. They are very professional in their respective jobs. I commend each and everyone of them in their respective duties and responsibilties. Last, but not least, I truly appreciate the fact that they even remind me of my report due date (at my request), and when the merchandise is delivered, it is always with a smile!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

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Thanks so much for your feedback. Customer service is very important to us and without partners like you, we could not assist the reservation communities. It's also important to us to help our partners increase participation and healthy behaviors they want to motivate. We are glad to be able to provide products that are basic necessities in order to help you do this. We appreciate your partnership and the work you do to keep all of your participants active and healthy and coming back. - NRC

Rating: 5 stars  

I feel NRC (Rapid City, SD) is a huge support for my program and our clients and communities. They provide my offices with inncentives to participate in our program. The NRC staff is an incredible bunch of people to work with. This is such a wonderful program that I recruit volunteers to work with them.

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

collaboration with my offices in the various states through personal experience. My staff and I try to volunteer as often as we can to thank the organization for all they do to help support our program clients.

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 lot

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?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, it made me feel as though I was helping so many people in not only the communities that our program is in but also in other communities.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful!

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Bobbie, we appreciate your partnership with National Relief Charities and the work you do through our partnership and the Healthy Start program. The volunteers you rally up to help us with special projects make a big difference. We always see that the best impact comes when communities work together help themselves and to help others. Thanks again. - NRC

Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Tamara Martin and I'm Secretary and foster home provider with a non-profit group called Blackhat Humane Society. National Relief Charities has been invaluable to our cause. Our group rescues and rehabilitates stray, abandoned and injured animals on the Navajo Nation in NE Arizona. With the help of NRC, we provide foster care for the animals, in our homes, until they are ready for adoption. NRC provides us with blankets, dog and cat food, bedding, toys, treats, collars and leashes. We can rely on them in times of shortage or crisis. NRC employees have gone out of their way to meet with us and they really listen to us. Their drivers are courteous and patient. They genuinely care about the Navajo people and their animals. With National Relief Charities as a strong, giving partner, we are making a difference in the lives of animals on reservation lands.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Tamara, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about working with NRC. We appreciate your care and all that you do. Working together, the result is healthier animals and healthier communities. Thanks again. - NRC