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April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have voluntered in the ktchen feeding famlies and ran into an old school mate who was takng a class and to be fed. It made me realize that could be me. The staff were all courteous to the clients. They did not belittle the clients and were very appreciative of my help. My Grandchildren have also volunteered. I have also volunteered during Christmas handing out toys as well as putting food baskets together. What would those peole do without them?

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They have helped a family member when thay really need it.

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

Get tham more help.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have volunteered at Family Service Association of Redlands for over 2 years now and I feel that this place is an extension of me and my family. My kids look forward to visiting and helping at the center, and that is because of the environment, not just for the people they help but also for the volunteers.
Volunteers at FSAoR, volunteers seem to form a bond with the organization as well with each other.
There is a lot other organizations can learn from FSAoR about dedicated and long term volunteering.

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

Redlands, CA

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

like youth volunteers work independently without requirement of parents being present.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have worked with FSAoR in two capacities: 1. As a social worker with Child Protective Services, I referred clients to this organization and 2. As a volunteer, with my family.
I was impressed with this program as a social worker because it meets many needs of a family: housing, food, child
care, clothing, workshops, referrals, etc. It is not a program that just hands out basic necessities--they are invested in their clientele and want to help them succeed.
My family and I (including myself, my husband and our two sons), spent a day volunteering at FSA. We helped stock shelves in the food pantry. Although we have yet to return, it was a valuable experience in that it taught my children the importance of giving back to a community and to appreciate all the blessings in their lives. It helped remind my husband and I of that too. We do plan on continuing our involvement with FSA in the future. It is a valuable tool for the community, especially in these difficult economic times.

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

the clients I referred to the program. I've also seen, as a volunteer, the happiness and relief it provides to struggling families.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to get them more funding to expand the program--especially with shelter.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Blessed. Humbled.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 27, 2011

Family Services does so much for families in the community. They are so gracious, but also they work hard to make sure that each family has a good chance to get back on their feet. It isn't just about the donations that they give to families in need, but it also about the case management, the classes, the childcare, that really builds a strong support system for people in challenging situations.

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In the fact that I felt like I was part of a family at FSA. I felt like I wasn't just another volunteer, but that they truly appreciated my efforts, and supported my goals.

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do nothing, it was a wonderful experience working with them.

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April 27, 2011

Family Service Association has provided services in this community for more than 100 years. Their focus on families and encouraging self-sufficieny through case management, support services, and educational programs makes them unique in service programming. They provide not only basic life services like housing, food and clothing, they give hope and dignity to those in need. In this difficult economy the services they provide are more important than ever.

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

Through helping families in need.

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

Provide more funding so they could expand the programs offered and number of people served.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Redlands Family Service is one of the greatest organizations that I have volunteered at. As a young teenager they have taught me wonderful lessons and make me want to volunteer more. When ever I have gone to help out the people there are smiling and greatful for what I do. Let it be filling the shelves with canned food or packing supply bags, Redlands Family Service Center makes me feel like I can make a differnce. Not only does this group help many needy families in our town, they help the volunteers too. The place has a warm, happy atmosphere to it. No person can leave that place without becoming a better man. There are no words to describe how wonderful this place. They place food onto someone's table, and a simle on their face. This place is the best place for anyone to volunteer at, and I pray for their sucess. Thank you.

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While I volunteer there, I hear stories of families that have lost everything, are going through unbeliveable things, and how they find hope from this organization. I see that the people who volunteer there are genuinely there to help people out, not just for community hours (wich is common in other organizations). Because I do not work directly with the clients themselves, I do not know how they react, but I know that Redlands Family Service Center does whatever they can to help families.

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

This organization is amazing. The only thing that I would chagne is to have more days on the weekends for volunteers to come. It is often hard for parents to come with their children on weekdays or the first Saturday of the month. Otherwise this place is flawless.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

Have more volunteer days on the weekends.

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

Most certainly. I have made new friends, learned new skills. Yet most of all, I learned to value all the things that I have today, and be greatful and not greedy.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I made me feel imporant. I made me feel that even though I am just one teen-age person, I can make a diffrence. It made me feel warm inside.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

I have been involved with Family Service for more years than I can remember. It is an organization that does so much good in our community - and it doesn't just give a hand out to those who are in need. Not only does FSA provide assistance with food and clothing, it also offers housing assistance and classes in nutrition, computer skills, and training or re-training to get people back to work - and it does much, much more. FSA gives a hand up to its clients and works very hard in the reunification process of families who have become separated due to foster care and other temporary situations that attack the family unit and an individual's self-esteem. Family Service is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of it - as a volunteer, a board member (though not currently), a committee worker, and a donor. Truly, those who work with Family Service are part of a greater whole - it is fun, rewarding, and the results are worth every moment of one's investment in time, energy, and dollars.

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

through my role as a board member and volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

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

ensure that their funding is always available and always abundant!

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

The Redlands Morning Kiwanis Club has for years supported the Family Service Association of Redlands. They tend to the needs of many families with children, and do it so graciously and kindly. I am delighted to support this organization in any way that I or my Kiwanis Club can.

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The staff is always so grateful for whatever we do.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Review from Guidestar
April 26, 2011

The Family Services Association of Redlands fills a void serving the most vulnerable and at risk residents of our community. They do an outstanding job in managing resources in order to deliver the highest level of service possible to their clients. As an elected official for our City, I am proud that FSA truly reflects the sprit of caring that we embrace as a commuinty !!!

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As a long term volunteer and memberof the Board I have witnessed first hand the very positive work of FSA.

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

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