EMPOWERED COMMUNITY SERVICES

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 6269 Variel Ave Ste D % Frank Perera Woodland Hls CA 91367 USA

Mission: Addressing Global Poverty Through Education and Rebuilding Lives at a Personal Level

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Rating: 3 stars  

I know personally Perera family for the past 20 years. They have worked hard and done many sacrifices to achieve their goal. They go out of their way to help people those who are in need. After the devastate in Sri Lanka due to the tsunami they organized ECS to help victims. I witnessed the load of bag packs and other necessary items to be sent to victims of children. In fact, on Srini's birthday, she requested her family and friends to make a donation to ECS instead of birthday presents.

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I have personally seen the results of this organization through the volunteers and photographs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would get United States of America involved in ECS to serve the victims of Sri Lanka.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This organization is one of the best charities that i have given to. Their work is directed at the personal level with the well-being of each recipient in mind. i look forward to a visit to Sri Lanka in the future so i can see first-hand the great things this charity has done. i have known the organizers of ECS for over 20 years and can attest to their virtue and character. I plan to continue support of ECS as a donor.

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

It has been a joy to contribute to ECS

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

It is my hope that ECS will grow over the years and continue helping those in need.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

We saw the devastation of over 150 tornadoes in Alabama in one day on April 27, 2011 and understand the need of helping others who have lost the comforts of life.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Personal contact by the organizers of ECS

What would you tell others about this organization?

i would tell others that ECS volunteers have the biggest hearts of anyone I have known.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I began working with ECS days after the devastating tsunami hit this part of our Earth and have been involved professionally and personally ever since. The trip to Sri Lanka for a month with ECS has touched my heart and life in a way no other experience has. The saying, "think globally, act locally" is certainly true with ECS. One does not have to travel thousands of miles to help those in need; starting right here, at home, has and will continue to impact our local and global communities.

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

my life. I never knew a backpack and a pair of shoes could do so much. Thank you for making me appreciate all of the opportunities I have in my life and the importance of giving back.

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

add more volunteers who want to help on a local level for those who live globally.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Honestly, it is ECS that has helped instill the belief in me that anyone can make a difference. Compared to large non-profits, ECS provides the opportunity to directly work with those who run the organization: the Perera family. Additionally, volunteers and sponsors can see exactly how their participation with ECS helps those supported by the organization through photographs, personal stories of volunteers, and letters written by those who have been helped. Working with ECS has been, and will continue to be, one of the best experiences of my life.

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

the community. ECS brings communities together and you are able to feel the impact of working with or donating to their organization.

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

not make changes in the first place. This organization does so much more than just help others, it creates life-long friendships and provides hope.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have read the testimonials written by the very people who are the recipients of the multi-level aid ECS has provided to date. These are simple folks who remain bedeviled by the devastation and deprivation the tsunami visited upon them years ago. I have also been fortunate to be involved in the work ECS has continuously(!) been doing on behalf of Sri Lanka on this side of the ocean. It is a borderline miracle what the Perera family, numbering only four souls, has accomplished. Their dedication and assistance has been selective and focused on what it is that the remote village people really need short and long term. Clothing and school supplies for now, fishing boats(!!!!) for subsistence, and computers and text books for education; a long term goal. It has been an honor and a pleasure helping this happen.

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

Being involved during the gathering of needed items for shipment to Sri Lanks and in editing the annual newsletter.

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

assign it to oversee relief efforts throughout Sri Lanka and even internationally.

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

Make more use of domain expertise in developing writing material.

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

Personal gratification.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Gratified.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Following the devastation of the tsunami in Sri Lanka the Perrera family decided to help the people who lost so much. They selected several hard hit communities and worked with them to reconstruct their lives by building schools, science and computer labs, houses, supplying teachers,computers,food, medical supplies,clothing and school supplies.

The Perrera's frequently visits to evaluate current projects and expands their work. In L.A. they constantly initiate and run fund raising events involving the neighborhood,community, several schools and churches. What started as lending a hand has become a lives work.

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They take photos and video's to show the results of their work. There are newspaper articles and much more. They are constantly talking about development of current projects, what's next and various fundraising events and showing me huge shipments that are about to go out.

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

They do everything they can.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

ECS does great work in Sri Lanka. I am totally confident that all of my donations to this organization go straight to help the people of Sri Lanka. Founders and head organizers of ECS, Lal, Srini, Jeneeka and Ninminde, are dedicated, compassionate and hard working people always keeping this organization and the people of Sri Lanka in the forefront of their daily lives. I encourage anyone to give what ever they can to this ECS.

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

I haven't personally gone to Sri Lanka, but I have (in person) talked to Srini, often, about her work. We are neighbors, and I have seen photos of they work in/trips to Sri Lanka. I have witnessed the huge undertaking of shipping out (on shipping weeks) the supplies and donations collected for Sri Lanka. This organization is a real community service for Sri Lanka.

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

None - They just need more volunteer help and of course donations.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Srini's outreach to me about the need of the people of Sri Lanka.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Because of Srini's outreach.

What would you tell others about this organization?

That the donations will truly go to helping the people of Sri Lanka and that through these donations they can make a difference for these people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I went to Sri Lanka with ECS and it was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about the people of Sri Lanka and had an amazing hands-on experience. We did everything from passing out back packs to painting houses and playgrounds. I hope I get to go back with them sometime.

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

Sri Lanka

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

Be more involved personally.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with ECSworld from the inception. Many people in need have benefited from the program. Some of them are people who lost everything when the Sunami hit Sri Lanka. They have regained their life with a little bit of help from ECS.
ECS continues to help those in need. They have virtually adopted a small village and giving children from pre-school onwards a solid foundation through education. Educational material, labs, computers, free meals and teachers salaries are some of many projects undertaken by ECS.
Container loads of material was collected and sent to many in need and they continue the good work and trying to expand. With more help, we can do more and I encourage those who can to get involved in any way they can. It is a very rewarding.

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

I visited the schools sponsored by ECS and saw first hand what has been achieved so far.

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

Give more exposure and help generate more funds for more projects in different parts of the world.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I am very impressed with Empowered Community Services. This group is tireless in their efforts to reach out to those in need. It makes me want to be a better person and give more.

They give cooking lessons and the proceeds go right to ECS. They collect clothing and school supplies and send these items with their own money to those in need. I have never seen a group work so hard to help the disadvantaged.

Everything they do is centered around giving back. To see the smiles on the faces of those they help means everything to them.

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

Reaching out to those in need.

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

Help provide more funding and in any way i could.

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