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June 11, 2010
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June 11, 2010
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BRO is a great organization that contributes to the well-being of underserved residents in the City of St. Louis and surrounding communities. Their work all year long makes it possible for families to enjoy a wonderful CHristmas, older adults to have support in their difficult years, and provides for all of the community a unique ministry. How do I know? I watch them serve over 1500 families out of the basement of the office building where I am currently the Executive Officer.

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

the lives of those in our neighborhood

Ways to make it better...

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

make it more visible. It is a best kept secret in St. Louis

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

the way it reaches out to families

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

terrific!

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

really make a difference in St. Louis

Ways to make it better...

they could be more visible to the community

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

exposure to the community

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

Thank you BRO!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

BRO is a great group. They provide toys for children at Christmas. They also provide layettes for new babys. The families that are served are going through such a tough time and the BRO helps the children get a feeling of normalcy. BRO also provides an opportunity for the volunteers to make a differnce.

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

Seeing the clients and caseworkers so happy to have the toys and books for the holiday.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

As a retired elementary school librarian, I want to see as many books as possible in the hands of the 4,000 or more children, who receive toys from BRO. My volunteer job is to keep the children's books organized by reading level, look for opportunities to get free books, buy new books with donated money but at the least expense and convince family, friends, neighbors and church members to donate new and lightly used books for children infants to 10 years old. I get a great pleasure out of sharing these books with the parents, helping them pick out what their children will like. Usually each child receives one new book and one or two slightly used books.

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

I had the wonderful experience of seeing parents so excited to receive toys from BRO to give to their children for Christmas when they would not be able to buy them. They are so appreciative to get this opportunity and have fun choosing some of the toys.

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

I'm enjoying the friendships I've made with all the volunteers.

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

I'd buy more expensive toys, books, games and puzzles to give each child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Each year our volunteers work over 30,000 hours to provide holiday gifts for over nearly 4,000 children in need in the St. Louis area. We have 15 volunteers who work year round and 50 or more volunteers who work during our toy distribution days or on special projects throughout the year. We work with 25 Social Service agencies in the St. Louis area to screen clients. We also provide layettes for new moms in need.

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

I've been given the opportunity to use my computer skills, graphic design skills, and leadership skills to give back to my community in a positive way. I also receive personal satisfaction from working with the personnel at the agencies we serve.

Ways to make it better...

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

We need a new generation of volunteers to continue our mission. We need new fund raising opportunities that appeal to the 30 - 50 age group and encourage support of families with young children and help them teach their children the spirit of giving.

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

using my "gifts" to give back to the community

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

friendly, caring and fun!

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

buy warehouse space to organize toys and gifts and provide a "shopping space" for families to choose gifts. A large work area for reconditioning toys, work area for volunteers to sew or make gifts. Hire some qualifited staff to organize and advertise.

Ways to make it better...

we could provide opportunities for younger volunteers to participate.

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

providing volunteers opportunities for younger participants, generating "new" fund raising events.

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

I enjoy the work I do with the BRO, but more help is always needed to help the families in need in the St. Louis area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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