CAMBA, Inc

Rating: 4.62 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 1720 Church Ave Brooklyn NY 11226 USA

Mission: CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life.
Results: 2007: ■ 475 low-income adults were directly placed in unsubsidized employment at an average wage of $9.80 per hour for an average of 37 hours per week. ■ At the Adult Literacy Center, about 46% of the adult learners were promoted one or more literacy levels. ■ CAMBA’s violence intervention programs provided support and resources to over 850 families. ■ Over 2,600 HIV-positive clients and their families received supportive services. ■ Over 1,500 families avoided eviction and remained stably housed. ■ More than 200 clients were assisted in achieving U.S. citizenship.
Geographic areas served: Primarily Brooklyn, NY but also citywide
Programs: CAMBA offers an integrated range of services through six core areas: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support Services, Housing Services & Development, HIV/AIDS Services, and Legal Services. Our multi-faceted staff of about 1200 dedicated professionals speaks more than 40 languages and work at more than 50 locations throughout New York City. Some of our facilities are open 24/7.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CAMBA and its unwavering commitment to help unprivileged communities is amazing! I won't hesitate to recommend this organization out there!

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CAMBA is among the best social service agencies in New York at developing creative, superior programs with government grant and contract funding. The professional staff is skilled and dedicated to serving its clients. They take a comprehensive approach and work to mobilize multiple programs to address all the barriers faced by their clients. I hate to think about what Brooklyn would be like without CAMBA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its beautiful affordable, supported housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

strengthen PR services

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CAMBA is a nonprofit organization which cares for the people whom they serve. They have many programs in place to help all individuals and their personal need with a goal of independent living. CAMBA is one of the best nonprofit organizations I have seen this far.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how much emphasis is given to help the client into independent living.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything about this organization. I believe in what they stand for and agree with what they do.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with numerous non-profits, but none have matched CAMBA consistent commitment to the community it aims to serve. CAMBA's personnel infrastructure is solid, and begins at the top - with the current Executive Director being the one who wrote the original grant that started CAMBA over 30 years ago. The programs and services offered have organically evolved as the needs of the community has evolved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing parents utilizing positive parenting techniques instead of corporal punishment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the number of services offered by the program to include a comprehensive teen drop-in center that is badly needed by teens in Brooklyn.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer with architecture for humanity, I have been involved in getting to know the programs they run, especially at one of their women's shelters. They are closely interested in their clients and have a amazing sucess, which the clients themselves also recognize. They are consistantly striving to improve how their operate - and their relationship with us is a prime example, as we help them evaluate their facilities and use of their space.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interviews with clients and visits to the facility

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

In working with CAMBA as a volunteer through AFHny, we have had long and valued partnership in implementing a new program within one of their Homeless Services facility. From the beginning they were open and excited by this new prospect and have stayed committed to seeing it through and impelemented to hopefully change the way the system works. Their supportive staff have taken time after hours to meet with us to make this project works and continuously go out of their way in getting it through the red tape because they truly value the experience their clients have in their shelters and want to always improve the possibilities of success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them in implementing this new design.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Working with CAMBA has given me the chance to broaden my professional scope, strengthen my communication skills and work in initiatives that have a positive impact in my community. CAMBA has also given me the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and the way different people think and live. Overall, through my work with this organization I have learnt that it is not impossible to find unity in diversity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Giving back to my community and developing a value for diversity and difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Redesign the social media strategy.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Last year I received winter coats for me and my children. I was so thankful for the help that CAMBA gave my family. This year we used the food pantry 3 different times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has helped me with food and clothes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make it bigger.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have long been aware of the role CAMBA's played helping Brooklyn's large in-need population. Its mission and programs are compelling, appropriately conceived and executed, and clearly helpful at the most practical level.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing members of my community benefit from CAMBA's services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase CAMBA's exposure and public profile.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I I have found the staff at CAMBA's Shelter program to be genuine and extremely caring and nurting of the women they serve. Having a background in social work I have witness the staff intervene with an emotionally distraught woman in an effectively caring manner. Instead of the usual "shut-up" or " be quiet" the staff responded by asking the woman what does she need? lets us know and we will do our best. The woman began to shed tears and lowered her voice and went with staff to a private location to discuss her concerns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

N/A

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would extend servcies to the other boroughs; where as CAMBA is centerally located in the borough of Brooklyn.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

N/A

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

N/A

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience makes me feel like a citizen of the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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