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April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

For the last couple of years, the company I work for has hosted the holiday gift drive in our office, then the admin group volunteers in the warehouse. We are in such awe at the generosity of all who work so hard to make the holidays a special time for the children in the Bay Area. The Family Giving Tree works so tirelessly to help these children with the holiday wish drive as well as the Back to School Backpack drive. It's been great to have a small part in helping the children of our community. There is nothing greater than seeing the pictures of all the smiling children that have been helped by the Family Giving Tree. We can't wait to help out again this year!

The Great!

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

the joy of seeing all these happy children reap the benefits of the Family Giving Tree's tireless efforts on their behalf.

Ways to make it better...

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

Let us have more volunteer time!

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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?

More volunteer time instead of just 2 hrs, once you get going you don't want to stop!

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

Yes, it made me more conscious about the less fortunate children in the area. Before volunteering with the FamilyGiving Tree, I had not taken the time to volunteer any where else. Now, I can't wait for the Back To School Drive and the Holiday Wish Drive to begin. I believe so much in their cause that I now coordinate the drives among my co-workers

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

No words can describe how it feels to help children in need, to make their day a little more special. Also I could never imagine not sending my children to school without the proper equipment, so it means everything to me to make sure other children have the same opportunity as mine.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 6, 2011

My family and I volunteered to wrap Christmas gifts for the holiday season in 2009. It was well organized and felt useful. Our kids got a kick out of doing something practical to help others. We wanted to participate again in 2010, but by the time the volunteering sign ups opened to the general public, all the spaces had been taken by corporate groups.

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

Providing gifts to needy local kids.

Ways to make it better...

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

Let everyone sign up to volunteer on an equal basis, rather than giving preferential treatment to companies (with the possible exception of companies that are also providing sponsorship).

August 29, 2008

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August 29, 2008

I first came to know the Family Giving Tree as a donor through my host company. I later became a volunteer and picked up gifts from other host companies and delivered them to the warehouse. I volunteered in the warehouse and there I witnessed amazing generosity. I wanted to do more, so I met with Jennifer to discuss what that might look like. I've been on the Board since then and have had the pleasure of really getting to know the team behind it all and how they make it happen year after year. What makes it all happen is an incredibly hard working staff-- they know what it means to go the extra mile. The staff is small and so we rely on huge numbers of volunteers to extend our reach. And we have incredible host companies who partner with us year after year and help us reach our goal of serving more children each year. And most importantly, our donors who continue to be generous in their giving year after year. I'm proud to have been involved with the Family Giving Tree; I see an organization that is highly regarded by it's partners and donors alike; a solid, successful non-profit with a high standard of integrity and quality of work; a small, yet impactful organization reaching out and meeting the needs of our community. Let me also take this opportunity to thank those already involved in partnering with the Family Giving Tree, whether you're a donor, a host company, or a volunteer.

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

meeting with the agencies we serve in the community and learning how much they rely on us for support, whether it's holiday gifts or backpacks for the children they serve.

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

the opportunity to serve and to give back.

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

giving people-- giving of their time, their effort, and their talent.

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

reach so many more who are still in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 29, 2008

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August 29, 2008

This is an organization that truly helps bring together the business community and those most in need and allows us to partner together for the benfit of our local youth. It is so easy to write a check and continue on with your day, but the Family Giving Tree gives us the opportunity to get involved directly with the lives we touch and see the end result of our efforts. FGT has a fantastic team of individuals that I consider it a honor to work with twice a year.

The Great!

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

the faces of the children we helped!

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing

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

that they are an organization that is very easy to work with.

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

friendly, easy to work with and caring individuals.

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

reach more kids then they do today.

Ways to make it better...

my company would spend more time with the FGT.

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

our current ecomonic condition. Making it a challenge for people to donate more then they would like.

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

my support will continue.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 29, 2008

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August 29, 2008

A great organization. Great staff and many volunteers working to bring Christmas gifts to the needy during the Christmas season and back back to over 15,000 youngster before school starts. What a great bunch of people doing so much good. Ted Johnson

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

I live in an area that receives these Chrismas gifts and the school that receive the back packs. The looks on these kids faces says it all.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change a thing, other than finding more funds to support the people doing so much with so little.

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

How it caters to the needs of the poor and the children's wishes.

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

They are all ages from school kids to seniors. They come from all walks of life from the rich to the poor. They are working to make something good happen for those that do not have much to look forward too.

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

Make this happen across the country.

Ways to make it better...

If I was younger and faster. I am slowing down a little at 71 yrs old. Like a lot of things now days their are more people in need and less monies to go around.

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

Financial support and space

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

people make things happen and we are all gift to each othe

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 29, 2008

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August 29, 2008

This agency has been around for nearly 20 years and every year they give gifts to thousands of children. Each year the need is greater and each year the Family Giving Tree responds to the needs of the community. I started out as a volunteer the first year about 15 years ago and was so overwhelmed at the seeing the need of the bay area for gifts during Christmas. The Silicon Valley one of the wealthiest places on earth had so many children that were in need, it was heartbreaking at first, but then I realized how many children would be recieving a gift and it became heartwarming. After the first day of volunteering, I began bringing family and friends to help with this wonderful task of making sure that children will have a gift to open on Christmas day. Then a few years later the Family Giving Tree began giving out age specific backpacks to children in need. The Back to School Drive was now an annual event and I and my crew were able to help with that program too. The staff of the Family Giving Tree are wonderful giving people and their mission is to help young poor children get a fair start at school and to make sure that they know that someone (they don't even know) cares about them at the Christmas season. Many years back Jennifer Cullenbine (CEO)mentioned that it would be nice to be able to see the children get some of the gifts, so she invented a Christmas party for some of the Kids. It was a grand affair! The children and their families got to come and have a nice lunch, play games and have Santa give them their own special gift. I was lucky enough to be included in this party and I cannot tell you the joy I (we) all felt as we saw the children get their gifts. I and my family and friends look forward to this yearly event. It is the true meaning of Christmas. This is a wonderful organization! This past year they gave out 63,000 Christmas gifts and 15,000 Backpacks to those in need.

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

give gifts to children all over the United States instead of just the bay area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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