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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Without a religious congregation connection locally, I feel that my association with the members of Shalom I consider my religious family.

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

Increased outreach with my community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to increase attendance to the events sponsored by Shalom, which are too good to be missed.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Communities of Shalom is one of the most multi-faceted, inclusive organization in West Virginia. As a Professional in the field of Public Health and Community Development, I have traveled the state and region assisting communities to develop a coalition to address social concerns. I always use Communities of Shalom as an example of a coalition that truly meets the needs of their community, have an inclusive membership that is open to one and all, and truly implements programs that increases knowledge and awareness from acceptance, substance abuse prevention, to coordinating and sponsoring Global Gatherings, Building Bridges conference that speaks to cultural diversity, youth trainings on bullying, etc. Communities of Shalom truly represents an interfaith organization that serves everyone in the community.

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

It made me realize the importance on involving youth in planning community development coalition, and addressing cultural diversity early on prior to adulthood.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure it received the funding it needs to create a sustainable organization with paid staff.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

This organization was an integral part of my high school experience. I participated in a youth group started and funded by Shalom. I met other high school students from a variety of backgrounds who were interested in serving others. I worked on countless service projects through this group. This group was open to all who were interested. I felt like I finally belonged to a group of people who accepted me for who I am. I also was able to significantly contribute to my community, as well as to other communities on service trips.

The Great!

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

I chose a career in teaching. My love of service to others was nurtured by Shalom.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to explore ways to involve young people.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I have been a member of Communities of Shalom, Inc. for approximately 7 years. I have volunteered with special projects such as Building Bridges of Respect, Global Gathering, Fund-raisers, and serve as the Treasurer of the organization.

For me, Shalom accentuates the positive in our
community. The group seeks out small projects that have a big impact. For instance, Shalom supported and guided Teen Court into existence.

Shalom also offers a support system to the international students at the local university. We provide an opportunity for them to share their cultures and integrate more with the community.

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

How I manage to help the organization do what they do with the few funds they receive. It brings me great joy to do so much with so little.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to find a way to broaden the scope of those around the table at Shalom meetings.

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

Likely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend.

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

To have enough funds to hire a full-term coordinator.

What is its top priority in the long run?

For Shalom to be commonly known throughout the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I became involved with Communities of Shalom when I participated in a political forum the organization sponosored. Through this forum, I learned more about the organization and how an interfaith group could do so much with so little. I immediately wanted to become involved.

Communities
of Shalom, Inc. focuses on problems from a different angle -- how can we use the assets already available in the community to make the situation better. It's not throwing money at a problem and walking away from it. It is taking action to assemble the positives to eliminate the negatives.

Of the faith based organizations with which I have been involved, Communities of Shalom is a unified, cooperative organization that I am very pleased to be a part.

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

The establishment of Teen Court.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide additional money to enable the group to do further community outreach and asset building activities

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The youth of our community were lucky enough to benefit from the support that the Communities of Shalom gave to a vibrant, welcoming ecumenical youth organization called JOURNEY. JOURNEY was able to provide numerous opportunities of fellowship, mission experiences, worship, and leadership to many pre teens, teenagers and young adults through Communities of Shalom's financial support and adult leadership. Communities of Shalom continues to provide opportunities for our citizens to reach out and make our community a better place.

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

participation in the community's yearly Global Gathering and the Building Bridges of Respect Conference. I have also experienced their invaluable help as an adult board member of the youth organization called JOURNEY.

Ways to make it better...

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

I don't know of any changes that I would make.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

As a certified prevention specialist and someone who is very familiar with asset based community development I am quite impressed with the work of Communities of Shalom in Marion County, WV. I have participated in their Global Gathering, which celebrates the local nationalities and diversity of our area. I have been part of their Building Bridges conference which allows people of various backgrounds to learn more about community collaboration. I recognize them as an 13 year old organization committed to systemic and sustainable change.

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

their commitment to cultural diversity which has helped to enhance my own acceptance of differences. By participating in the Building Bridges conference I have rubbed shoulders with hundreds of community movers and shakers who are invested in our town's well being.

Ways to make it better...

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

Want them to have enough funds to work toward hiring a full time coordinator.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have been involved with Shalom for many years. I enjoy helping out with the Building Bridges of Respect Conference, the most. It is held every other year and about 200 people attend. We explore diversity issues in our community and support small businesses/artists/craftspeople.

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especially like that everyone is welcome at the meetings and everyone has a voice.

The Great!

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

My increased knowledge of my community and their resources. I have expanded my network and can serve my community better.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase membership and funding.

More feedback...

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

Increase membership.

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

New friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good about my community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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