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June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

The opportunity to guide special needs children and young adults through various hands-on experiences at Friendship Circle San Diego programs and events has proven to be very meaningful in my life. Through this work I felt better prepared when a local family asked me to be a part-time caregiver for their daughter and son-in-law. The joy I could see beaming from the faces of those the organization serves became an added source of joy for me. FCSD is uplifting for all those involved with it and is most worthwhile to support.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 29, 2009

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October 29, 2009

I volunteer at the Friendship Circle and I have so much fun with it. It doesn't only benefit the families with special needs, it also benefits the volunteers. I have learned so much from the hours I have given and have grown in a spiritual way as well.

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

nice, friendly, and good-hearted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2009

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October 25, 2009

I am a Music Therapist, Special Education teacher and a volunteer for Friendship Circle of San Diego. Several times I was asked to set up a Music Resource room for parents or volunteers with their children to come and participate singly or in small groups. The activities were often related to holiday celebrations which added to the interest and enthusiasm of all concerned. I also helped to lead the entire assembly for one holiday celebration with the help of other musicians,teachers, volunteers and all the parents who came with their children. I am extremely impressed with all the activities of the San Diego Friendship Circle. First of all, the variety of activities offered are inspiring: from concerts, picnics, boat rides, horsebackriding, holiday gatherings of all varieties, which always include wonderful meals, foods and snacks which add to the awakening of all sensory experiences. Most impressive is the quality and committment of the volunteers, both teenagers who may become professionals in these fields some day and caring adults as well. This organization has a warm and efficient way of bringing the community together for activities and fund raising walks. Young people involved do become closer friends and the cooperation and volunteerism encouraged is phenomenal. It is a great source of comfort and support for so many parents with this added challenge of special needs children. As a grandmother of an extremely limited special needs child, who passed away at age 19, I experienced first hand the stress on my daughter's family, even though I helped when I could. Teenage volunteers who came on Sundays and holidays to help with his care, and also brought him to activities were so appreciated. They became like a part of our family as well. I was so touched and comforted by their involvement and I am so thankful for all the volunteers involved here in San Diego.

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

Becoming more friendly with some of the special needs children and volunteers as I meet them in the community.

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

They impress me very much. I assume more administative help would enable them to expand. But I see new things being added all the time, such as a new newsletter.

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

Making friends. Uplifting parents by giving tips on language development and home activities to reinforce their growth.

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

Kind, caring, involved and from all ages and backrounds.

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

Build or rent its own facility to hold more frequent activities and weekend availablitly for respite for some situations. Transportation vehicles to site.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to be involved.

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

Distances to be covered between neighborhoods where these families live. perhaps transportation help to the activities would be helpful.

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

The San Diego Friendship Circle adds a great deal to our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

I have had the privilege of volunteering on an occasional basis for the Friendship Circle. Every time I have had the opportunity to be involved, it has been a rewarding experience for me. I particularly enjoy watching my daughter's involvement as a volunteer. I think we get more out of helping the Friendship Circle than the Circle gains from our participation.

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

seeing the beneficial affect that it has had on my nephew and my daughter

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

seeing the happy faces on the kids who benefit from the organization and on the teenage volunteers

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

cheerful, enthusiastic and dedicated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

The Friendship Circle is an amazing organization! Not only do they pair up children with disabilities with "friends" that allow parents some respite time, but all their events are of high quality and are set up to appeal to a variety of biological and developmental age groups.

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

happy, enthusiastic, positive individuals.

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

do more and more AMAZING things for children with disabilities!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

I have volunteered for Friendship Circle. It has been a magnificant experience. Volunteers like myself strive to make the world a better place by volunteering and creating a sense of Unity. As I write I this I think of that famous song "We Are The World We Are The Children." So Everyone Lets Volunteer And Make The World A Better Place. Hillel Rissman

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

Feeling unification amongst other Jewish people with special needs.

Ways to make it better...

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

It is perfect just the way it is

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

The feeling of Unity

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

Kind and Loving volunteers that understand the feeling of Unity.

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

Have Shabbatons once a month

Ways to make it better...

Friendship Circle is Perfect.

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

The cost of having events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

I have found it very rewarding to help Friendship Circle. I was asked to play the guitar for some of their events. I saw so many children enjoying themselves at a number of activities on different days. Their parents seemed very happy too. I also have a teenage daughter who volunteered and it was a very valuable experience for her too. She may major in special education now.

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

very dedicated and sensitive to the needs of the children with special needs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Friendship Circle does not only help people in obvious need. My children attend FSC's events with pride and always looking forward to the next event. I am in awe to witness how the devoted volunteers love, care, give warmth and supporting hands to the ones who need it. I am extremely grateful to Friendship Circle to introduce and teach unconditional acceptance to all of us.

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

my family dealing in a more positive way with others

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

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

the way the show the world, that every individual worth the same and just because certain appearances differ, we all deserve equal level of acceptance and love.

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

super kind and caring, paying individual attention to all

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

probably thrive even better

Ways to make it better...

there were more events! we love them

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

the lack of financial funds

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

Friendship Circle has left an everlasting impression on so many peoples lives. I volunteered with Friendship Circle throughout my college years. I was matched up with a friend with special needs. Most of the time her and I would just hang out and do what most friends do with each other, have fun. Other times we would go to the planed events which were always a blast. I have made some amazing friends that to this day I still keep in touch with. This organization brightens the lives of so many people both with and without special needs.

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

seeing people for who they are.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

making other people happy and making new friends.

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

genuinely nice, giving, and down to earth people.

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

It would make the world a better place to live.

Ways to make it better...

I stayed living in San Diego.

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

publicity, and funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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