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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: American Red Cross, Blood Banks, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Health, Human Services, International, International Relief

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.

Programs: Biomedical services - see schedule o

domestic disaster services - see schedule o

health & safety services - see schedule o

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Red Cross is an outstanding organization. They have and continue to do an amazing service to the victims of hurricane Sandy. Also while helping the victims of hurricane Sandy they respond to fires and floods all over the country. They recently responded to 2 fires in my general area recently. They have the victims of the fires comfort clothing food and rented them a hotel room. I'm glad knowing they are out there and that 92 cents from every dollar donated goes to the cause.

1 SamanthaandChad F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for the Red Cross almost 15 years ago in Germany as a participant in the dental assistant training program. The Red Cross changed my life at that point. I had no career path to speak of and the Red Cross gave me an employable skill and future. I continued volunteer for the Red Cross until I was offered a paid position at a dental clinic. I then took a break from the Red Cross for several years while I worked and raised my children. Two years ago I found myself again overseas this time in South Korea. I was able to use my skills from my initial experience with the Red Cross to help teach other dental assistants. I was also trained to be a CPR instructor and have been volunteer teach CPR classes for two years. The Red Cross is an amazing organization that has helped me grow into the person I wanted to be and I am forever grateful.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1 Patricia138

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for approximately 11 months, and have actively enjoyed getting people the help they need!!!

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1 Sha S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Where is "The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief" go?!!!
http://www.npr.org/2015/06/03/411524156/in-search-of-the-red-cross-500-million-in-haiti-relief?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20150603

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7 David284

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Not at all a positive, enjoyable or rewarding place to volunteer. Many great volunteers and staff have quit or been fired. On various deployments, I saw things that concerned me greatly. Read the articles by Pro Publica and NPR. Currently, the government accountability office and Senator Grassley are investigating . The red cross has become a bloated inefficient and ineffective organization. The current program manager in the Bangor Maine office is very unprofessional and disrespectful to the volunteers and is concerned with promoting her career, not helping people in need.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have typically donated to the American Red Cross as disasters across our country and all over the world have occurred. Recently, a church group sent out a spreadsheet on multiple charities and it was noted that the CEO of the American Red Cross was Marsha J. Evans and she earned $651,957 per year. I decided to research that information and find that the current CEO is actually Gail McGorvern and she earns $500,000 per year. While we are part of the middle class and can't comprehend someone making $500,000 per year, we understand that her responsibilities are vast therefore, it is easy to imagine that she earns every penny of that salary.

My problem is with all of these groups that circulate emails to thousands of people and those people who are inclined to believe everything that they read no matter the source. We ourselves received assistance from the American Red Cross when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and we appreciated the fact that they were set up and assisting at the local level.

We have been paying it forward since. For the first time I took exception to the email that was circulating and sent your most recent post out on the internet regarding the American Red Cross.
It is difficult, in our times, to know in whom to put your trust and having seen the American Red Cross in action along the coast during the aftermath of that devasting hurricane, I feel comfortable in supporting them. Church groups tend to support their own members, the American Red Cross sees no boundaries.



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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a Red Cross volunteer in New York City. Volunteers and staff responders go to _every_ residential fire in New York City and surrounding areas. I personally have responded to as many as four in a 12-hour period.

The vast majority of the thousands of the local events never make the news, and no one notices--except for the families we help. The people are often working poor, have no other resources, and aren't "telegenic" enough to attract the attention of media or celebrities.

No, the organization isn't perfect. Yes, there are screwups. But 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are out responding to disasters, and are often greeted with "I didn't know the Red Cross does this."

We are there, despite everything.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think that this non profit is extremely helpful to the community and definitely exemplifies their concern for human trafficking. I would recommend this non profit because it aims to help a group of people who often do not get recognition.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I work for a company that is state mandated to have staff CPR certified. American Red Cross charges us $500 to train an instructor plus the fees for required materials. The overhead, time of the instructor as a paid staff of the employer, benefits of said staff, etc. are all costs paid by my employer and yet American Red Cross requires $27/every person we certify. We spent approx. $5,000/year as a non-profit paying Red Cross for cards. We switched providers and now Red Cross is trying to charge us AGAIN for paid invoices.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm an employee at the national headquarters. I want people to know that everyone at ARC is very careful to stretch every dollar as far as possible, to keep expenses down to a bare minimum, to not spend money on any administrative overhead unless absolutely necessary. Most of us (me included) took a pay cut to work here. If you donate, you can be certain not a single penny of your money will be wasted.

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2 Corinne S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We live on the Jersey shore and were hit hard by hurricane Sandy. The American Red Cross has been our saving grace. From the first few weeks when we were at our high school as a local shelter. And still now while we are STILL looking for housing. I condemned the red cross for there kindness and support. I will say threat FEMA is a joke though..

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

My wife gave blood a few times. Now they call multiple times per day. They won't stop. I asked them to stop. They said my wife has to ask them to stop.
For their incessant robo-calling and their insolent attitude they have earned my undying ire.

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