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August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

I volunteer with this organization and it is wonderful! The kids come from different ethnic and neighborhood backgrounds, and at first, they kind of circle around each other and jockey for position and check each other out. Then, they mount up, and all differences fade away -- they're just kids having fun. The huge smiles on their faces, even those who are scared of the horses at first, are marvelous!

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

Provide this wonderful service to many many more underprivileged kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

The members at our Boys & Girls Club have used Dusty's Riders for years. The expereince is rewarding and unique. This organization brings our children opportunities they would never expereince otherwise.

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

the opportunities they offer to children who would not otherwise be able to have such an experience.

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the horses were better behaved!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

One of the reasons I love Dustys Riders so much is because of their diversity. At risk youth come in all shapes sizes and colors and believe me Dustys has them all. To me, Dustys is what America is about. Some of everybody. Unless you have lived in the inner city and been catagorized as POOR you may not understand the importance of bringing such a simple program into the inner cities. But let me tell you. Some of these young people may never have gotten the oppertunity to touch a horse if it weren't for Dusty. Some may never of seen a ranch. Some of us take these things for granted every day dont we? I am a victem of poverty myself so I can not donate. I work 2 jobs and I am a community advocate. Like most of America I live paycheck to paycheck. But I do give of my time. Please, if you can. Support Dustys Riders / Support a Child

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

The lives of the young people that they touch. One young man was headed for a life of gangs and his parents signed him up for Dustys. Through the lessons learned he was able to see a different road and want it for himself. He is now back in school and doi

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

Run it in the ground. Sarah does a great job. She is one of the few non-profit people who actually run on her own funds. I have seen her put every penny she has into an outing for the youth. She does what needs to be done with out hesitation.

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

Sarah Williams is so patient and loving with these youth that I myself have learned to be more compassionate.

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

well trained and excited about exposing the young people to something they never saw before

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

It could have it's own Ranch with several horses and build community leaders out of these young people. They could have a charter school and expand what they do. Sarah is a person with high moral standard and she could teach that to the youth

Ways to make it better...

I would have had some money to spend on food and trinkletts

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

finances. Dustys is one of the best programs around but they don't get much advertisement. Therefor they dont get much money. God, please bless Dustys with the money they need to keep reaching and keep teaching these at risk youth.

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It's sad how in the non-profit game the money does not always go to the one with the best program. It goes to the one who writes the best grant. Therefore I speak a financial blessing on Dustys Riders. That they be able to keep this program available

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Dustys Riders provides kids the opportunity to commune with horses and nature that they would otherwise never be able to do. The benefits to their self esteem is unquantifiable and expands their perspective of the world and the possibilities it holds for them.

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

the faces of the participants - pure thrill and joy!

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

give it to Sarah - she's passionate and the expert

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

that it contributes to the kids' respect for animals and nature.

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

wonderful! Sarah is passionate and selflessly committed to helping these kids.

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

expand the number of kids it impacts and provide longer and ongoing programs.

Ways to make it better...

fundraising was easier and Sarah and the organization could focus on interacting with the kids

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

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

this is a unique organization providing mental and spiritual enrichment that is not being provided for these kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Dusty's Riders is a great nonprofit group! Sarah Williams is so passionate about horses and has constructed a very fun, educational program to introduce city kids to horses and riding. I loved seeing the kids overcome their fear of horses and gain confidence, knowledge, and responsibility by working with Dusty, the sweetest Appaloosa ever!

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

the excited eyes of the kids after they finish the trail ride.

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

never get off the horse!

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

being around horses! I also like how much the kids gain from their experience. The pizza party after the ride is fun too!

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

friendly and helpful.

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

make a difference in so many children's lives.

Ways to make it better...

it had been a little warmer out that day.

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

getting the funds to keep this valuable program available to city and at-risk kids. Sarah Williams offers alot with this experience, from take home pictures of horses to trail rides to the pizza party after!

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

I hope Sarah gets the ranch she so deserves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Dusty's Riders provides an opportunity for at-risk children to not only learn about horses, but actually feed them, care for them, and ride them. A day with Dusty's Riders is split into three fun parts. The day begins with the children learning about horses and getting to feed and care for Dusty, the horse. The second part of the day is horseback trail riding via the LA Equestrian Center in Burbank. The day is then completed with lunch and fun at Shakey's. Being fortunate enough to volunteer this one July saturday, it was one of the best days of 2009 for me. Seeing the expressions on the children's faces who have never seen a live horse is priceless and witnessing the enjoyment that these children experienced while feeding Dusty and going horseback riding is equally as priceless.

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

witnessing the enjoyment and genuine fun these children had.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

Fantastic Organization. All children need to be exposed to horses - to understand what it is like to care for and treat an animal with the respect and reverence they deserve. At-risk children are no different. I am please to have have volunteered for such a wonderful program and look forward to participating again in the future.

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

to see kids gain confidence within themselves. Some kids come in nervous about working with such large and powerful animals. But, they quickly learn they are capable of working with horses when provided with the right tools and encouragement to succeed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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