My Nonprofit Reviews
Rachel A R.
Review for Rapid Search And Rescue, Wisc Rapids, WI, USA
I've had two direct experiences with this organization. Both were positive. The first interaction took place the year Rapids Search and Rescue was founded. They provided support in the search for a friend of mine who went missing. Even as a new organization, the impact of their involvement was immediate and profound. They turned a chaotic mess of civilian volunteer search crews into an organized, systematic and efficient team. Rapids Seach and Rescue also committed to and stuck with the family's search efforts well beyond the timeframe anyone would have expected. My friend was missing for months- it turned out he had fallen through thin ice on a lake, which had quickly refrozen over him. I firmly believe that if his body would have been accessible to humans or K9s, the efforts of Rapids Search and Rescue would have given my friend's family closure very quickly. Even with the circumstances of my friend's situation, their compassionate and thorough assistance was a great comfort to the family and friends during a difficult time.
My second interaction with Rapids Search and Rescue was last year and involved their internet based assistance. After learning the partial name of a half sister I'd never known I had, I made a post on social media mentioning my desire to find her. The parent we had in common was deceased, and I had no other sources of information. A volunteer reached out to me and immediately launched into work. She thought of things I never would have and researched databases I didn't have access to. She dug up marriage certificates, military records, news articles, and photographs I had never seen. My sister was found within four days of me first learning of her existence. And I have Rapids Search and Rescue to thank for that. I was never charged a dime for their help. But it's worth more than words can say.