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October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

I've volunteered with AINC for 6 years and have been so blessed by providing this service to our listeners. It is a great organization to volunteer for as they treat their volunteers very well and show their appreciation for all we do. I also have been a board member since 2004 so see what a well run organization AINC is.

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October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

I am delighted to say that I have been a volunteer for AINC for the past five years. After college I was looking for a tight-knit and dedicated non-profit where I could donate my time and talent. A close friend recommended that I volunteer at AINC because the organization had an outstanding mission and family-like atmosphere. As the Saturday station opener, I had a chance to meet all of the Saturday volunteers each week and made sure the live shows were up and running. I am proud to say that my fellow volunteers and the AINC staff have become a second family for me. Not only does AINC provide quality programming for the hearing-impaired and homebound, but it also enriches the lives of all who volunteer for the organization.

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

my interaction with fellow volunteers. As a Saturday Studio Opener, I have the opportunity to speak with each weekly Saturday volunteer. Numerous volunteers have commented on how much they enjoy reading and working with such an organized and committed non-profit. I've also answered phones and have personally talked with listeners who are appreciative of the service AINC provides and note how dependent they are on the information provided by the organization.

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

Continue the excellent service to the Rocky Mountain Region.

October 29, 2010

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October 29, 2010

Now known as the AINC, I started reading the Rocky Mountain News about 12 years ago live on the Radio Reading Service of the Rockies. A partner and I did this weekly for 10 years until he retired. Now I record the New York Times Magazine which I thorougly enjoy. Because it is an hour of reading, I strive to use voice and pacing variety to generate interest. Working with the staff, (Kat, Paul, David, Pam, regina and others) is pure fun and pleasure. I truly hope that sight impaired listeners are informed and entertained just as much as I am while I read.

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

I have talked to listeners who appreciate our radio transmissions.

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

Make it more widely available.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I have been involved with this organization for over 10 years. I began volunteering while I was in college and for the past 3 years have been a member of the AINC Board of Directors. AINC's committed staff and incredible volunteers all have a dedication that I have not seen in any other place that I volunteer. When the digital changeover was happening last year not many organizations saw the effect that was going to have on broadcasting information like this. They sought out, designed, engineered, and distributed new receiver boxes BEFORE THE CHANGE so that people who were not able to access the visual only menus weren't left out. They also lend their programming and technology expertise to other states so that listeners around the nation can be connected to the world that is around them. They are a forward-thinking non-profit dedicated to not just the people the serve but the big vision of providing information access to people who are visually impaired.

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

I have volunteered and seen the amazing community that has grown. I believe strongly in literacy, technology, and that everyone - no matter where you live, no matter how you see- has a right to be connected. The ability to have access to the news to make informed decisions is a key element of any community. Audio Information Network does that.

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

The only thing that I would change is people knowing more about what we do!

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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?

College volunteer fair

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

To provide information in audio format to people who are visually impaired.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To advocate and provide information access to those who need it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

Radio Reading Service, now called Audio Information Network of Colorado, provides access for the blind and visually impaired to pertinent and current print media via an on-air reading service. Programs are read over the air, and free equipment is provided to the blind and visually impaired allowing access to the broadcasts. Audio Information Network of Colorado is a leader in providing audio access to print media for the blind and visually impaired, and in developing the equipment and technology for this type of service.

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

By serving on the board.

Ways to make it better...

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

I think this organization does a wonderful job. I have no changes to suggest.

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

My mother was no longer able to read her local Ft Collins paper anymore due to her diabetes. When I heard how much she enjoyed the service, I volunteered to read for them as well. Been going on three years now. They do great work and the organization is run by dedicated individuals.

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

My mother is able to keep up with local news.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more support from the community

October 26, 2010

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October 26, 2010

Several years ago I saw a very small print ad in the local paper asking for volunteers to read for the Radio Reading Service of the Rockies. It was so small that you could easily overlook it. I called the number and before you knew it I was in a recording room reading news about the western slope to be aired later that day. I continued this weekly routine, not knowing exactly what I was really a part of, but that it was all for good. I know how important radio news is to me, I listen to national and local news on the radio all the time. Imagine how important this is for the visually impaired ! Little did I know what a great organization I was a part of. Everyone who works so hard to bring this service to life is a person of great heart and intelligence. My life is enriched just knowing them and seeing them once a week. The army of volunteers also bears proof that this organization is a terrific service for the community. I am grateful that I could read a humble newspaper ad that brought me to this group. Now maybe someone else can listen to my humble readings and find new connections in their journey as well.

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October 19, 2010

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October 19, 2010

This friendly and welcoming organization is a pleasure to volunteer for; as the staff provide such a warm and wonderfully supportive environment. I just know that they appreciate my time and always make me feel like I am doing something special each week reading the news on the air. When I first started volunteering, I wanted to provide a service, but 'working' for AIN of CO has been a gift of friendship from those I've met. It makes me feel really good inside to be a part of this team and to know that my voice is making a difference in people's lives.

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I don't think I've been volunteering for long enough to notice changes over time. I've been here roughly two months.

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None, it is great!

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