AMANDA CARES INC

Rating: 4.74 stars   31 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1000 73RD Street, Suite 12 Windsor Heights IA 50324 USA

Mission:

Amanda the Panda''s mission is to restore grieving children and families back into the mainstream of their lives through innovative services that provide hope and healing.


Programs: Weekend grief camp for children 6 - 18 years of age and adults.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Once you truly understand the purpose of Amanda the Panda you will ask yourself. "Why hadn't I been involved sooner?" I know this because I have heard numerous volunteers say it and I had thought the same. After being involved with support groups and weekend camps, I saw up close and personal what the power of grief counseling can do for those who suffer with the loss of a loved one. The toll that death takes on everyone is different, but resources offered by Amanda the Panda can have life changing affects in individuals and their families. If you or a someone close to you has loss someone recently please check out, http://www.amandathepanda.org.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

About three years ago a friend, who used Amanda the Panda's (ATP) services when she was a child, knew of my experience volunteering for a summer camp for chronically ill children and said I should get involved with ATP. I have since had the opportunity to participate and support numerous events and engage families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Our services are designed to support the needs of everyone in the family/household (like we say, we are here for those from ages 6-96) and provides hope and healing for those most impacted by the loss.

I have enjoyed every aspect of my volunteer experience and continually gain motivation from the amazing volunteers/staff to the family members we serve. My experiences range from helping with the remodeling of the office, to wrapping and delivering Cheer Boxes during the holiday, to serving as a Camp Amanda counselor. The power of our mission excites me daily and I know that with the right people, right motivation and right resources we can/will achieve great things and continue to provide amazing services to support hundreds of families who are going through a healing process. We are thankful for all our supporters, donors and volunteers, and hope you will check out our web-site to find out more about what we do in the community.

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

the stories I hear from staff and families. Whether we are sharing at Camp, in support groups or at a family fun day event, our impact grows daily as new friends are added to our "family" and they in turn become our biggest allies.

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

increase the awareness of our services and the need to understand how to appropriately support someone when they have expereinced a death.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend who used their services as a young child.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Getting the right people aligned with the right programs, work smart and hard, not just hard. Our volunteer support is amazing, now we want to make sure we have Board members that are matching all of our needs to grow the number and quality of our programs.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ensure the consistency and qaulity of our programs and if growth happens and we can be a part of more families lives, fantastic.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

During an Amanda the Panda orientation a woman was present to share her family’s story of grief when losing her husband. She was so very passionate and thankful for the support and generosity. It was truly an unfiltered sight of expression and gratitude.

The Executive Director is so zealous about this organization, it is hard not to want to be a part of it. She continues to keep Mrs. Zimmerman’s vision insight and expresses the same emotion for Amanda the Panda as if it was the very first day of Amanda’s unveiling. Members of this board are stern and faithful, they watch over this organization just as if it was one of our children receiving grief support.

Camp Amanda provides emotional outreach and a place to collaborate with others cooping with loss. This camp opens our kid’s lives to endless support throughout a weekend long retreat, allowing them to express, heal and have fun.

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

During an Amanda the Panda orientation, a woman was present to share her family’s story of grief when losing her husband. She was passionate when speaking and very thankful for the support and generosity that came from this organization. It was truly an unfiltered sight of expression and gratitude.

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

Increase committee members and seek professional members of the community who specialize in areas of need within the organization. Such as; digital design, public relations, editors and marketing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Mrs. Zimmermans business card

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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