Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
31 Reviews
1234.741945
Write A Review
June 25, 2012

more

June 25, 2012

Amanda the Panda, the staff, clients and fellow volunteer's are second to none. We feel that we are part of the organization. True friendships and bonds have been made with everyone we've had the opportunity to serve or volunteer with. When we volunteer with Amanda the Panda we always feel that in someway shape or form we are making a difference. This organization is very well run with only a staff of 3. Every time we volunteer we never feel frustrated or that our time wasn't used to wisely. It is not uncommon to be greeted with a hug. The best feeling is to be recognized and given a hug by a client that recognizes you away from Amanda the Panda

More feedback...

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 6, 2012

more

June 6, 2012

I have enjoyed all the time that I have spent with Amanda the Panda. I went into my volunteer experience wanting to help others who have had a death in their family because I knew the impact that death had on the lives of others. During the time I spent with Amanda the Panda I began to open up and share my own story and feelings about the death of my loved one. The death of my loved one was not something I had every talked about, and at first I didn't talk about it. I learned through the various activities that I had participated in that my experience allowed others to be open and honest about how they felt as well. During one activity there was a child that did not want to share about their emotions during the loss of their loved ones, and when I shared that I was angry at the time that child was able to open up. The remaining sessions we spent together the child was more open and willing to share. The friendships you make with the staff, volunteers, and families impacted by Amanda the Panda are amazing. The staff at Amanda the Panda go above and beyond every day to make all the people they meet feel welcomed and special.

More feedback...

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 4, 2012

more

June 4, 2012

Amanda the Panda helps grieving children communicate their feelings and gain an understanding of the grieving process, empowering them with a sense of hope and healing. All of Amanda the Panda's services are provided at no cost to the families. When bereavement support is available, grieving children are 20 times less likely to develop behavior disorders, 10 times less likely to develop substance abuse issues, and 5 times less likely to commit suicide. This vital grief support makes a lasting and life altering positive impact on the children and families of Iowa, allowing more children to return to the mainstream of their lives with the coping tools they need.

More feedback...

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 31, 2012

more

May 31, 2012

This is a great non-profit that works hard to help children and families through their process of grief. It seems like every time I tell someone I volunteer for Amanda the Panda, they tell me how the organization has helped them or someone they know. The loss of a loved one is a difficult experience to deal with on your own, and Amanda the Panda has perfected their process of helping people cope.

More feedback...

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 14, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

My husband passed away in September 2004 from stomach cancer when he was just 39. He left behind 4 children ranging in age from teenagers to toddlers. From the time he was diagnosed until when he died was just 7 months. During that time - so many friends and family were there to help us, but after his death - everyone had to get back to their lives... and it became very quiet. Not many people knew what to say or what they could do to help - and frankly - neither did I.

Then, along came Amanda the Panda! They offered some unique holiday support that simply became a life line for us during that first Christmas season. Then, we were able to attend camp, family outings, etc... Amanda the Panda is a unique organization that comes in just when everyone else steps out. They understand. They offer support. And, they help you to find your way to a new "normal".

Soon after being a "client" - I began volunteering at camp. More recently, I have helped facilitate support groups. Being able to help others who have experienced significant loss not only provides support to them, but helps me to grow and heal as well.

There just isn't any other organization who can do what Amanda the Panda offers. It almost becomes the "club" you never wanted to join, but you are thankful beyond words that it exists and is always "accepting new members." Simply put - these are services that are life-changing for all involved!

The Great!

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

my own life with the loss of my husband. And, have witnessed the impact of these services on others through camps, support groups, and holiday support.

Ways to make it better...

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

want more people to know that these services exist, and are free of charge! Then, I would want them to have more funds available for more camps throughout the year, and more people to help make all of it possible! They are great stewards of the funds they receive today, and do an incredible job of coordinating their volunteers! They just need more of both!!

February 14, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Amanda The Panda is a wonderful organization. They truly help the grieving community in Des Moines. What an honor it is to volunteer with such an amazing group, who truly are passionate about helping people when they need it most. THANK YOU!

The Great!

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

I am just starting as a volunteer, so I have not seen first-hand the results, however, the stories I have heard from people who have recieved help from this organization are what motivated me to volunteer

Ways to make it better...

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

help them raise more money so they can continue their good works.

February 13, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

I have been a volunteer with Amanda the Panda for almost 5 years now and it is an organization that changes lives. I realized how important it is to have a group like this in your community. I have a 9 year old daughter and cannot imagine losing her...god forbid something tragic should ever happen to myself or my family it is a blessing to know there is Amanda the Panda. We all will experience a death in our lives at one point and we all must find a way to live a new normal after that death. Amanda the Panda shows you and helps you to cope and how to find your new normal and to celebrate the loved one you lost.

The Great!

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

Seeing how children change after they leave camp. These children come to us sad and lost but leave laughing and with smiles on their faces. Only at camp are they able to meet others that have expierenced what they have.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing! ATP does a wonderful job helping those cope with a death in their lives.

February 13, 2011

more

February 13, 2011

My family would be so lost without this organization. After the loss of their father and my husband they have become part of our family. The Christmas box was the best thing ever for our first Christmas without him. Wonderful organization

The Great!

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

my personal life and family.

Ways to make it better...

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

they have lots of volunteers but giving them more staff jobs would be awesome.

February 12, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

Death was always a topic I never wanted to talk about. To be honest, it was something that scared me a bit because as someone who is left behind to grieve... it really hurts. Amanda the Panda is an organization that walks you through the pain step by step. The staff and all the volunteers take the time to help you get back up, hold your hand and let you know that you will make it! You can do it! The camps provide an atmosphere of friendship, encouragement and love in a time when you feel down and could really use it. Their support groups are staffed with an amazing group of dedicated volunteers that work with you in your most trying times. I have seen the staff go out of their way to meet the needs of the support group and camp participants. The Amanda the Panda crew though few in number is strong and powerful in will and heart and can accomplish anything they set out to do because they truly care about those they serve. I feel truly blessed to have volunteered my time for such an outstanding organization.

The Great!

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

I can see changes in my everyday life. I can talk more openly about death to people. I feel more confident in everyday operations of a nonprofit organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

This organization could use more staff. They always have their hands full and with groups becoming larger they could use more space... but that is great!

More feedback...

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

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

I grew by leaps and bounds within the area of marketing and grief work

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt like I was reaching out to people who really needed my skills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 11, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

It was gratifying to help wrap gifts for children who are hurting during the holidays! Now I've signed up to train as a regular volunteer!

The Great!

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

Joy it brought me to help others.

Ways to make it better...

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

None!

Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers