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November 1, 2010

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November 1, 2010

Our entire MS does a yard clean up day for Bello Machre every Spring. We take out over 250 people to about 20 homes to help out the group. The kids love doing the work and helping out in the community and the residents love having us there.

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

seeing kids respond to helping others

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

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October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

My main interests in this charity is its commitment to helping adults with disabilities. Lots of emphasis is placed on the social aspects of the adult. Becoming more a part of the community, allows everyone to participate in activities with people of all abilities and disabilities. This charity does all it can to make sure that all adults are active, involved and included.

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

I've worked personally with an adult with a disability by taking him to donate toys in the toys for tots campaign and public outings to local restaurants, movies and the library.

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

do more advertising to get more people involved. maybe more drawings or prizes for new volunteers.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I first learned about Bello Machre, about 4 years ago, by helping my young daughter make greeting cards (at our temple) to be distributed to the Bello Machre residents. They love receiving mail, just like anyone else... I've been told residents will hang their cards up (signed, "Your friend") and show it off to anyone who comes to visit! I was curious about the organization and wanted my daughter to understand who would be receiving her cards. In addition to heading up the yearly card making project, I started organizing home visits w/ the young children of our temple to different Bello Machre homes - to make crafts, share a snack and spend some time. It was amazing how much EVERYONE enjoyed these visits. We then organized the same thing for a group of 7th graders, as part of their volunteer/giving back to the community project. At this particular home, a gentleman loves music, so we brought instruments and had a jam session. This same man was recently married and his wife loved showing off her wedding album to the girls. Some of those kids have become regular volunteers w/ Bello Machre. For the past year, I have been taking my 2 daughters (ages 3 & 7) to a Bello Machre home for a monthly visit. We have become friends w/ 4 wonderful women (3 residents and one care taker) and we all look forward to seeing each other and catching up on what has happened since we last hung out. We mostly do crafts, sometimes play games and always share a snack or meal. It's been so fun having 4 more people enjoy watching my children grow. It is important to me that all children do not grow up w/ prejudices against disabled people. One parent of the above 7th graders actually told me that I opened her eyes and taught her tolerance, through her son's great experience with Bello Machre. I can't take the credit. Bello Machre is an amazing organization, providing such loving care to people in need. They help families feel secure that their adult children/family members will be not only provided for, but given a chance to thrive. I love that the homes are in residential neighborhoods, that they provide jobs or day services for the individuals and treat them with the respect they deserve. The volunteer coordinators have spoken to different groups at our temple. They are amazing in educating and inspiring people about Bello Machre. I feel volunteering at Bello Machre has enriched people's lives. In return, it has definitely enriched my family's life, as well.

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

seeing the joy on Joyce's face when I arrive with a craft to do together. Or when my girls are sad because a visit needs to be rescheduled ("We really wanted to go to Bello Machre today, Mommy!"). And in knowing that Bello Machre has touched the lives of their residents and those in the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

reach out more to the local schools for volunteers.

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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

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

I can't think of any changes.

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

It has been very rewarding to know we are enriching people's lives, and also very fulfilling that they are enriching ours as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I just started volunteering with Bello Machre this year and I'm glad I did. I have been exposed to a community that respects, supports and love one another. Everyone chips in to make sure an event is successful. I have never worked this closely with individuals with disabilities but whether in a wheelchair or speech impaired each of them show gratitude for the opportunity to interact with you. They are very comfortable with who they are and therefore it puts you at ease when talking or working with them. Again, I am very thankful that I am able to be a part of such a great community especially one that appreciates even the smallest amount of contribution or time you may have to give.

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

If you look at or talk to the clients you can tell this organization cares and they work with the volunteers to make sure they are placed in areas that is comfortable for both the client, organization and individual.

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

Since I don't participate in everything, I can only comment on the things I have seen so for now I don't see anything that needs changing.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My internship at Bello Machre was an amazing experience. I learned so much from the staff and the individuals. Evette was such a pleasure to work with. She really does a remarkable job bringing the community together. At the Kurtch house I witnessed the staffs unconditional dedication. They treated the individuals as if they were family which is what makes this agency so amazing and different from the rest. I would definitely recommend this agency to anyone looking to volunteer and individuals with disabilities.

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My daughter who is 3 has Quad CP. I contacted Bello to see if we could get assistance to help us pay for my daughters adaptable chair. Janice, who was also great to work with, came to our home to meet our family. She helped me fill out the necessary paper work and within a few weeks we were able to purchase my daughters chair.

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

I would suggest more advertising/fundraisers/networking. Whenever I mention Bello Machre not many people have heard of it.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

I've grown up around Bello Machre for all of my life. For about 20 years, my mom has worked there, and I have spent lengthy amount times at Bello doing volunteer work and enjoying the people there. I've organized a high school, national honor society committee with them, and all my friends and peers that get to see the results of Bello: ecstatic, comforted, healthy, developmentally-disabled adults, have absolutely fallen in love with the great work of this organization as well. Bello helps save lives of thousands of developmentally-disabled adults, who might not otherwise be in the loving homecare and lifestyle that they attain with Bello.

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

My work, my family, my school- everywhere I'm at. I worked at business that works with many of the Bello Machre individuals to give them jobs and activities during the day. I really enjoy seeing Bello Machre groups at my work. My mother does the Newsletter with Bello Machre, and I get to see the happy faces in all the pictures she's taken of Bello Machre groups. Even at my school, in a special education class I aid in, I've talked with parents who are ecstatic about the results of Bello Machre.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help add more homes and spread the great work of Bello Machre across more parts of Maryland.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

My experience with Bello Machre spans decades. This organization has been unwaveringly consistent in its focus on serving the needs of the individual first. A big part of this is creating a family atmosphere. To do that, you have to have qualified, dedicated and long serving staff & volunteers and this is where Bello Machre shines. We have two family members served by Bello Machre. They've been in weddings, gone on family vacations, and simply been a member of the families of staff. It's like they have their own families. So many individuals with developmental disabilities don't have the opportunity to experience this natural part of life. That our family members have had this opportunity is pretty miraculous and such a blessing. It would not have happened without Bello Machre.

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

Seeing the difference in my family members who live in Bello Machre homes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Can't think of a thing.

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