FIRST CHANCE FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 6534 Western Way % Heather Swindall Bulverde TX 78163 USA

Mission: Our Mission is to financially and physically assist other non-profit organizations with the nurturing and development of disadvantaged children.
Target demographics: abandoned, abused, or neglected children 0-20 years of age
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 30 agencies and hundreds of children
Geographic areas served: the San Antonio area
Programs: our comfort package program. These packages contain age appropriate hygiene products, towel, washcloth, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, underwear, and a small gift (toy for the elementary and younger children). Our school backpack program supplies students with the necessary items to start the school year, and also include the hygiene products. All items are age and grade level appropriate.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The First Chance Foundation is a real blessing for children in need! Through their programs to provide school backpacks and comfort packages, as well as the annual Hair-a-Thon, they provide much needed support to foster children and other disadvantaged kids in the community. They are right there to lend a hand for any child in need. I am constantly amazed by the uplifting stories that result from the work of this group! I consider it a personal blessing to be able to work with and support First Chance Foundation.

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With encouragement and great volunteers we are able to make a difference. Our programs may reach multiple kids, but our best achievements are found in the faces of the individual ones we help. Thanks for your continuing encouragement!

Rating: 5 stars  

In addition to volunteering with this organization, I'm also a donor and professional in this field. They are excellent stewards of the goods and dollars received. Earlier this year I was able to see their hard work and commitment to their mission in action. It was humbling and rewarding. The experience helped me recognize the profound impact they are having on the children in our local community.

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Thank you. Your words are very humbling. Our hope is that each child we serve feels the love and dedication that each volunteer, supporter, advisor and donor has given to our organization. We believe they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the opportunity to participate in a volunteer project with the First Chance Foundation. I've volunteered and worked with a variety of non profits and the FCF is first class, top notch and wonderful to work with. From what I observed, they are excellent stewards of the dollars they receive and the volunteer time they are provided with.

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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To have volunteers and supporters such as yourself an organization has no where to go but UP! So thank you for lifting us up and helping us make a great impact in the lives of so many needy children. <3 We soooooooo appreciate you!

Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with First Chance a few years ago when they put together about 500 bags of personal items for kids of all ages that have been displaced from a normal family life and are in need of there own personal items. I totally support this Foundation and will keep doing so as they fill a need for many kids in a way others don't do.

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Your ongoing support is appreciated far more than you'll ever know.

Rating: 5 stars  

First Chance Foundation is a true blessing. One only has to visit the FCF website to see what amazing things they are doing for our community and find ways to get personally involved. The hard work of FCF is evident by the smiles, and laughter, of the children benefiting from their tireless efforts.

This Christian organization has been instrumental in helping fill many needs of the under privileged children in our community. I have full confidence and trust in the staff - knowing they are serving with integrity and honesty. It is a privilege, and honor, volunteering on any of their projects or providing financial support when needed.

Congratulations on all you have accomplished- you are very much appreciated!!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently volunteered to help the First Chance Foundation pack over 200 backpacks for kids who needed school supplies for school. What a wonderful feeling it was to see all the smiling faces from the kids when they received there packs full of snacks and supplies. First Chance is doing such a great job for our children in need here in San Antonio. Thank you First Chance Foundation!!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My eleven year old daughter and I recently had the opportunity of volunteering at First Chance Foundation for the first time. We helped prepare 225 backpacks filled with school supplies and treats, ready to meet the needs and brighten the future of some very special recipients. The event was very well organized and the excitement from the staff and volunteers filled the room. What a wonderful and meaningful organization of caring people who are making a difference to the littlest of souls whose depth of struggles we may never fully know.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Children helping children is such a blessing. And when a parent guides a child to service it is even more so! We thank you for giving your time to First Chance and allowing us to be a part of your example for your daughter. We hope you continue to assist us and that your daughter grows up to be a lifelong volunteer for First Chance. Thanks for being on our team!

Rating: 5 stars  

Through this organization my daughter and I have been able to directly help other children in San Antonio with simple but useful activities. We helped make no sew scarves and hats for when it got cold. We also helped fill backpacks with school supplies for children headed back to school .

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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We are glad that you involve your daughter in our projects. You are setting a great example for her. :) Many children in this world don't have the pleasure of having a parent like you. We appreciate the kind words and hope that you continue to volunteer and help us provide for the little ones who are in need.

Rating: 5 stars  

First Chance Foundation is an exceptional entity vital to children in all aspects that are in need of assistance. The Foundation works year round with different projects for these children.
Just within the last year, I was honored to work with them as a volunteer making scarves and hats for the homeless children in the winter and packing backpacks with school supplies for foster children.
The love, compassion, and drive to help God's little lost lambs is awesome. They are very organized, easy to work with, love what they are doing. They will find a way to help someone going way beyond what's expected to achieve their goals. No child is turned away ... in all my years, I've never seen a non-profit Foundation so dedicated and generous with their time, money and talents. Hundreds of children are blessed by First Chance Foundation. I'm so proud to be such a tiny part of it as a volunteer.

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

change absolutely nothing. I plan to make more time in my life to help First Chance Foundation.

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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Your words are so very kind and much appreciated. We can't do the things we do without dedicated volunteers such as yourself. You always step up to the plate to offer assistance whenever we ask, and even when we don't ask. Your love for the children shows through all that you do for and with us. Thank you!

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for First Chance Foundation many times. I'm always amazed at the compassion and love they hold for these children. It is evident that their hearts really go into helping all they possibly can.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Can't thank you enough for the positive review. We thank you once again for your continued support!

We can't thank you enough for the positive review. We hope you continue to assist us in making an impact in the lives of so many children. Your continued support allows us to spread the love we have to give that so many children are missing in their lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Rating: 5 stars  

My most recent experience with the First Chance Foundation was as a volunteer to help gather and distribute back-to-school supplies and backpacks to children in the San Antonio area. The main distribution location was at an event organized by CPS and Aveda where kids got a free haircut and style to start their school off with both practical and personal items to feel ready and inspired to learn and socialize. The kids looked amazing- the stylists took the time to personalize every look- and the smiles on those kids faces finished it off perfectly. Kids and parents were also thrilled with the backpacks. They were surprised by just how many great goodies were packed in there!

Overall, the experience for me as a volunteer was great, Heather runs First Chance with impeccable organizational skills and is such a friendly, caring and warm individual. She is such a dream to work with that volunteering is a pleasure. She respects volunteers' time and truly appreciates all efforts, no matter how big or how small. I highly recommend supporting First Chance Foundation in any and every way possible!

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

Make sure more people knew about the great work this organization is doing, and what a difference ut makes to children and families.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you so very much! Your kind words mean the world to us. We hope they assist someone else make an informed decision about helping us in the future! So thanks for being a great advocate for us.