Would you recommend American Red Cross - Eastern Pennsylvania Region?
As a volunteer with the American Red Cross I have helped thousands of people at a time when they greatly need help.
The experience is as much as you make it. You can help locally or nationally. There are many different ways to help. As a volunteer, you can help once a year or all year.
Some examples from my experiences: take disaster calls and coordinate disaster responses; meet families at their residence just after they've had a disaster. Provided much needed funds and shelter; after hurricanes Irene and Lee, spent two weeks as a host at a shelter. Helped shelter residents with all requests, food, recovery, etc; helped the Red Cross collaborate with other charity organizations and local government agencies; assist with family emergency communications for active military members; xupplied therapeutic materials for veterans.
Signing up with the Red Cross did take longer than I would have liked. If you follow up you can accelerate the process.
I expressed my interest in helping this organization through its Blood Transport Services back in February 27th. A few days later Mr. Bryan Payne thanked me for my interest thru e-mail as well as to direct me to the Red Cross website and create a personal account as a first step to the volunteering process. I already have an account but an error message always prevent me from logging in to the RC website. I have reached out to Mr. Payne a few times already via e-mail and his office phone but failed to receive a reply from him as to how to address the registration/logging-in issue. Frustrating.