CANDLE, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   115 reviews

Address:

100 Brugh Ave. Butler PA 16001 USA

Mission:

To provide sustainable and innovative drug/alcohol prevention programs that reach parent & child together.

Results:

Recently we have focused on collaborating with civic groups to start Reality Tours. As a result, the Norwin Lion's Club in Irwin, PA started a Reality Tour and the Grove City, PA Rotary started a Reality Tour as well. CANDLE, Inc. provides the Program Model, support and guidance for the start ups.

Target demographics:

communities use existing resources to provide an evidence-based parent/child prevention experience that is self-sustaining and provided on a scheduled basis so there is always a program coming up for families to access.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

CANDLE, Inc. directly oversees Reality Tours in Butler & Westmoreland PA, reaching over 2,000 families. CANDLE, Inc's Reality Tour Program Model allowed other communities replicating the program to reach over 10,000 participants. Over 250 families enrolled in our Family Health Policy, home drug testing with love program.

Geographic areas served:

Reality Tours are in over a dozen PA counties and in 10 other states. For a complete listing of sites visit www.Realtiy Tour.org Family Health Policy is an online product accessible to anyone in the US

Programs:

the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program and Family Health Policy Home Drug-testing, CANDLE, Inc. gives communities and families the tools to educate the community on substance abuse prevalence and drug trends while imparting coping skills that can help families prevent experimentation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a PR intern at CANDLE for the spring of 2016. My name is Samantha and I’m a graduating senior at Slippery Rock University. My experience here has been great so far. I’ve been put in charge of reaching out to potential leads and working extensively on their Fun Fore All Fundraiser. I feel like CANDLE has offered me many opportunities to grow not only as an intern, but an individual as well. Everyone is so passionate about the cause and truly wants to make a difference in the lives of families. Working at an organization with such a great message has been very rewarding. Also, having been through the Reality Tour, I highly recommend the experience to all families.

 
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I attended the reality tour last Thursday. I was not really sure what to expect, but I left with a wealth of knowledge about drugs and drug prevention for teens. I learned more about drug prevention in three hours than anything I have found on the internet or in school. I recommend this program for any pre-teen and their parents. This is a wonderful program for a family to make sure the whole family is on the same page and feel comfortable about talking about drugs. This tour gives you the reality of what happened when you get caught up in drugs. It gives a glimpse of a teens life struggles on drugs and it is very eye opening. Lastly, the part of the program I found to be most helpful was the Q and A with two teens who are in a correction facility and they talked about their lives on drugs. I though that it was very beneficial to hear how drugs are prevalent with teens first hand. Overall, this is a wonderful and very knowledge program. I recommend anyone to go.

 
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I have been volunteering for 2 years with the Reality Tour. I started volunteering after I took my daughter to the Reality Tour in 6th grade. It is just a phenomenal program for both parents and students to create understanding and awareness of drug influence in the area. It helps educate what drugs to be aware of and the serious consequences of taking drugs. I am still impacted as a parent every time I volunteer.

 
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I have been a volunteer for over 10 years and have had so many positive experiences, from the camaraderie with the other volunteers, to the hugs and comments from the attendees during the tour. I can't say how many times people have told me that they attended years ago, and how important it was for them and their children. Please, do yourself a favor - take your child to Reality Tour. And, if you are looking for purpose or involvement in a community - consider volunteering. There are many ways in which you can help. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day.

 
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I have volunteered at CANDLE, mostly the Butler Reality Tour, for 10 years now. I can't tell you how many families have come up and held me at the end of the dramatic scenes and thanked me for our efforts, saying that they know this will make a difference in the lives of their children. I have had a friend's child, going off to college years after attending the Reality Tour, tell me that he never tried drugs and didn't intend to, because he was sincerely impacted by the facts he learned that evening with his parents. I also work all day at a not for profit community, and have had co-workers approach me asking for information about what they can do with their children. This is a tremendous resource for the community, brought about by people who just sincerely care about children and families having the information they need to keep themselves healthy. Bring your family! You will be glad you did.

 
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I have volunteered with Candle, Inc at the Reality Tour in Butler and other surrounding communities for many years. I continue to do so because of the positive feedback from the parents (many thank you messages as they pass through the "condolence" line at the funeral scene) and the impact you can see on the faces of the children. Truly, this feels like a gift you are giving the community. It is powerful and informative and gives parents a feeling of being in a "fair fight" rather than the helplessness they feel when they read the newspaper or watch the local news.

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

Get it more resources

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer Tour Director and Board Member, I occasionally have the privilege to attend open houses at different elementary schools in our area. Two things consistently stand out at these open houses: the number of parents who have already been through Reality Tour with their older children and can't wait to bring their younger children; and the number of parents who have not yet been through Reality Tour but have heard so many positive comments from friends and neighbors who have. I almost forgot, there are three things. The last is how many parents make a point to stop and thank us for providing Reality Tour to their families.

I could not put a price on any of the above.

 
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I have been a tour director for a number of years and always look forward to each presentation. The reactions that we get from the young people and parents who attend each program constantly motivates me and reinforces the knowledge that we are doing the right thing, every time, all the time. Our message is consistent, timely and another educational tool to help families cope with the scourge that wants to get its grip into our children.

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

get this program into every single community across the United States.

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our tour (Adams Twp, Butler County, PA) is currently on a brief summer hiatus and I can't wait for the next program. As a Tour Director, and as a member of the Board of Directors, I carefully watch the expressions on the faces of the families who come and experience our program. At the beginning of each Tour, I tell our guests that the program will last about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. That's when the eyes start to role. LOL. Then I promise them that by the end of the evening, they will be convinced that this was one of the best 3 hours they have ever spent as a family. And interestingly enough, the people who rolled their eyes the most at the beginning are the ones who make a concerted point to stop and sincerely thank the volunteers for being involved. I only wish I could bottle that feeling and send it to everybody, everywhere. I know in my heart we make a difference and because of that, I am extremely proud of what we do.

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

The only changes we need are to be in more communities. If everybody keeps spreading the word, it can happen. The reviews on this site clearly demonstrate the commintment of everyone who is actively involved.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently a board member and volunteer with the Reality Tour program. I have been involved since the idea was little more than a seed and am proud to say that that seed was planted, carefully nurtured and grew into this wonderful fruit bearing program. I am constantly amazed when families come to one of our Tours and realize what is actually happening in their very own communities, how it can have a devastating impact on their families and that as a family they can be an active deterrent. It is especially gratifying when the young people discover that one wrong decision can have permanent and unfortunate consequences. But the absolute best part is when people come up after the end of the Tour and offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers. We are definitely making a difference in people's lives. I can't think of a better reason to be a part of such an organization. John Walchesky

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, I have to say it is so rewarding to see the amount of families that come in and have their lives changed. You can clearly see the positive effects that it has on pre-teens/teens by observing their behavior before the tour starts and after it is concluded.

 
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I was the PR intern for CANDLE Inc. during my spring semester 2015. My name is Kaila and I am a graduating senior from Slippery Rock University. Being the intern for such a great cause really made this experience memorable. During my internship my main focus was to keep the social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter up-to-date. I also did written work, design work and other tasks throughout my internship. The wide variety of opportunities that was available for me to be part of was a great learning experience and a huge step forward for me when entering the professional world. I highly recommend CANDLE as a nonprofit that allows for a great internship!

 
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It was an absolute honor for me to be part of the Reality Tour group last night. From the very beginning with the boy scouts, the very excellent film and right up to the very end at the viewing I felt involved in the life of the girl (on the tape).
I watched the faces of the kids and although you cannot always read, I read enough to tell me that the message was making a deep impression.
The viewing was so real, the mirror made such a dramatic impact. I know I was moved by it but in watching the parents and kids standing at the casket you could almost sense the shock as they looked in the mirror.

THE TOUR MAKES AN IMPACT and if the message sinks in to hopefully most, then it is a "life success".

Thank you for welcoming me.

Dori Daigle

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dori, Thanks so much for taking the time to attend Reality Tour and your offer to volunteer. We have such a great team, I am sure you will enjoy working with them. Next Reality Tour at the courthouse site is Tuesday, October 28th, 6pm. It is totally booked, as is the November and December Reality Tour! Regards, Norma Norris Executive Director CANDLE, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with the Reality tour for over a year and I have had the opportunity to see first hand how it changes lives. I also work at George Junior Republic where the majority of the speakers come from to speak about their life experiences with drugs or alcohol. I recently had a youth who has spoken 4 different times at Reality Tours make a great connection with a member of the audience who wanted to hire him to work with him once he is discharged from George Junior. This connection has done amazing things for the youth's attitude and I am proud to see how a member of our community can see the true potential in a youth from GJR. A huge thank you to the Reality Tour for letting the GJR youth speak and share their stories, this not only helps with their public speaking skills but also with their communication skills and confidence.

 
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I first encountered Candle Inc and Norma at a reality tour through an internship. I'm currently in school for addiction counseling and absolutely loved the program and everything it stood for. After seeing one reality tour I knew I wanted to be involved in more. Drug prevention is very important to me and I fully stand behind everything Candle Inc is about and strongly suggest it to others!

 
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