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Review for American National Red Cross, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Please ignore the false information provided in some other posts, esp. the first one. It is an urban legend. That person says their last contact was 2011 but cites a CEO who left the organization in 2005! The Red Cross is a fabulous organization. While it and no other organization can be perfect, I see fellow volunteers who do wonderful and selfless work all the time, providing food, clothing, shelter, water, and emotional support. Because so much of the work is done by volunteers for free, some costs might look a little out of whack. Even then, at least 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to serve our communities. that's about as good as it gets! Nearly everyone I know has a Red Cross story, from giving or receiving blood, receiving comfort or an emergency message while serving in the military, learning how to swim or be a good lifeguard or babysitter, and learning how to save a loved one's life through first aid and CPR training.

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

Role:  Volunteer

Review for American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a group of extremely compassionate, dedicated, intelligent people. Most of the work is done by highly trained volunteers who give up their own lives to help others. That's often locally in the case of a house fire or nationally in the case of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, etc. The staff is very small but mighty.

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

Role:  Volunteer

Review for American National Red Cross, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fabulous organization with thousands of selfless, well-trained volunteers who provide high quality care after a disaster (shelter, food, clothing, medicine, emotional support). Executive management changes in recent years have resulted in an even more responsive and lean organization, with donor dollars going where needed most. The name is American Red Cross, not what is posted here.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

good people doing good

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

highly trained, caring, selfless, effective

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

help communities prepare better for major disasters. At least this amount is going to Haiti to help after their earthquake (day 2)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I helped plan ways to expand health and safety training to families in underserved communities.

Review for ACTERRA: Action for a Healthy Planet, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization compromises dedicated, passionate, and superb people on staff and fellow supporters and volunteers. I have enjoyed numerous events (including the fundraisers!), the way Acterra communicates its value and needs, and its educational focus.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people

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

friendly, passionate, extremely well-educated

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

educate many more community members, establish endowment for more predictable revenue, possibly expand to a broader geography

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Donor & most recently - read email update about events.