How Would You Feel? Red Cross issue

  1. About 4 yrs. ago, I called our local red-cross & wanted to become a volunteer. They took my name & number & said "they'd call me when they had a class." 3 mos. later, I hadn't heard a thing. Called again, they said they would call me; 1 yr. later NOTHING. A friend of a friend said that she signed up & was sent to help during a flood w/in 6 mos.

    So, I called another county & inquired as to the problem I was having w/ my county red-cross and WANTING TO HELP. I even wrote a letter to a BIG WIG & told them the whole story. My biggest thing was I think that it was because I was a Yankee that this guy never called me back. Anyway, got this letter from the BIG WIG saying that he would have investigate the matter. Never heard back.

    Now, I decided, it being 4 years later, I would inquire again - Same guy, here we go again. Did this in Jan of this year, now it's April & Nothing!!! Ok, What you guys do and how would you feel? I am soo fustrated. I want to have my foot in the door when I become a nurse. UGH!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   nurse-in-boots
    I got my foot in the door of the red cross by signing up to be a CPR/first aid instructor. Went to their class, and started teaching CPR to troops on behalf of the Red cross. Did that for a while, then they asked me to help with the OKC bombing. Now Im let in on all of the programs they have. I cant help with everything, but as much as I can.
  4. by   Nurse Ratched
    That truly shocks me. I started volunteering with the local Red Cross as nurse-in-boots did - by taking a CPR instructor class. Actually did that for work purposes, but decided to teach some public classes as well.

    If you still really want to volunteer there, I'd call and rephrase the question. Ask, "When is the next volunteer training session?" Our chapter advertises them in a section of the paper where not-for-profits put their announcements.

    http://www.redcross.org/donate/volunteer/ will take you to the national web site where you can see if your chapter is online and may have a schedule of events/classes/volunteer opportunities.

    I'm sorry your efforts seem to be going unappreciated d/t what sounds like old-fashioned politics. Perhaps another local agency would be more receptive?
  5. by   CountrifiedRN
    When you called, did they send you an application? When I volunteered for the RC I had to fill out an application and list references. Your county office may just be unorganized or being run poorly. But don't give up, there are many great ways to volunteer your time. Have you tried going to the office in person? They usually have a list of what classes are being held and when.

    Sorry you are having such a hard time.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am stunned that anyone should have to beg these days to be a volunteer in any capacity. That is discouraging.
  7. by   Lausana
    Have you tried anywhere else? Our hospitals here have a constant need for weekly volunteers. It's still a way to volunteer for now. I am surprised also by the RC
  8. by   TazziRN
    I have never been thrilled with the Red Cross for different reasons, and to be honest, your experience doesn't surprise me. Given a choice, I would head over to the Salvation Army.
  9. by   Tilleycs
    If they don't want you, there are PLENTY of charities out there who would be MORE than happy to have you volunteer. I volunteer at the local food bank every Saturday. If some place doesn't want you, it's their loss. If you really want to help, don't wait - just move on.
  10. by   fab4fan
    Same thing happened to me; their loss. Like SmilinBluEyes said, how pathetic that any volunteer should have to beg to be allowed to help.
  11. by   Love-A-Nurse
    originally posted by smilingblueyes
    i am stunned that anyone should have to beg these days to be a volunteer in any capacity. that is discouraging.
    same here!
  12. by   Aussienurse2
    LOL!! Doesn't surprize me. The local lifeline was asking for voluteers to man their help line as they were running out. I rang to help and they said " Great, now you have to give us four hundred dollars to do the course and them garrenty that you will give us one eight hour day per week. Don't worry we will give you a roster!" Um yep I'm gonna pay to do a course that lets me volunteer at an organization once a week at their lesure. No wonder they can't get anyone!
  13. by   justjenn
    You guys all feel about the same as I do.

    No - no one ever sent me an application. I did follow-up calls on this too.

    Well, I called today & re-phrased the question. This is the first time I spoke w/someone other than the guy Dick Helmly. The woman was as dumb as dirt. I ask the simple question "When was the last training class you had for any field of the red-cross, training, CPR, first aid." And this woman came back and said she didn't know what I was asking. "Within the last 4 months, have you had ANY classes for ANYTHING?" Still nothing

    Anyway, I contacted the more sophisticated county Red Cross & spoke w/ someone there. She said that she knows that there is a problem w/that chapter & that HQ is aware of it for several years.

    I promised her that it is my mission to DO something about it and will get results. My very good friend is our county newspaper's editor. Someone's head is going to roll.

    Will keep you posted.
  14. by   CountrifiedRN
    Uh oh, don't get in the way of a woman on a mission! I hope that you get some results, imagine how many other people must have come across the same barriers, but just gave up. It is shameful that HQ has known about a problem with that office for several years and has done nothing.

    Please give us updates, I'll be interested in hearing how it goes. Best of luck!

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