August 20, 2012
The salaried staff of the Red Cross has drawn a very distinct line between the paid staff and volunteers. Volunteers are generally treated as 2nd class workers, they get lesser accomodations than paid staff when deployed on disasters along with the attitudes that yes they are volunteers and are not entitled to the perks of paid staff. They get treated as though volunteers are a dime a dozen and are expendable and replaceable. The salaries are exorbitant and when perks can give them an effective double raise. There is nothing that can justify the salaries of the paid staff nationwide, especially the salaries of the National Staff. The CEO, Gail McGovern is making almost 1,000,000.00 annual salary and that is unthinkable for a non profit organization whose funds come solely from donated dollars. I will never donate another penny to the Red Cross and will encourage everyone I know to refrain as well. This organization was an excellent one several years back but lost their mission of being led by volunteers for humanitarian purposes. It now an organization which is led by well paid staff wanting volunteers to do their jobs for them.
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