Mountain T.O.P.

Rating: 3.5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Religion

Location: 2704 12th Ave S Coalmont TN 37301 USA

Mission: Minor and Major Home Repair Children's Ministries
Target demographics: low-income families in rural Appalachia
Programs: Youth Summer Ministry (1600 youth and adults, June-August - Minor Home repair and children's programs) Adults In Ministry (3 weeks & 1 weekend in the summer, 6 weekends in the fall - Major Home Repair and children's programs) Spring Breakout (Alternative spring break option for youth, college and adult groups - Camp and Home repair) Family Weekend - Home repair Friends Weekend - Camp renovation Baker Work Weekend - Camp preparation

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Absolute life-changer. Best experience of my life.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The ideals of the organization were very very good and christian service oriented, the organization was highly structured and well planned but the leadership lacked "compassion". The way that they interacted with the staff was heavy handed and authoritarian at times. They did however, make a great effort to listen to feedback. They valued performance over motive which I could not reconcile with my own spiritual beliefs. They demanded a great deal from the staff. We worked 17 hour days for ten day stretches. In that time we often drove long distances. During the summer that I was there (2000)- there was a major car accident. The leadership did not seem to realize that it was due to exhaustion of the staff. I hope that things have changed since then.

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

Great planning and structure and theory.

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

Have a more thoughtful and considerate approach to the staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The mountain atmosphere and experience with helping assist people in low income areas.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Quite "exclusive" and at times domineering. Interesting people but tough to be an "outsider" among them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the mountain areas find sustainable ways to live.

Ways to make it better...

More understanding would have been offered to the staff. Less demanding hours (10 hour work day max).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Making their workplace safe and enjoyable.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The leadership was so structured that it was down to the minute. Anything that anyone questioned was considered "rebellion". Some parts of this faith based organization were truly toxic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-8-01

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