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January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

I purchased a t shirt with the proceeds going to the organization. I am pleased with my purchase and believe that this is an excellent cause that is worthy of further funding.

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

Receiving a good product through my donation and receiving excellent follow up from the prganization.

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

More funding

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

The work of Guitars Not Guns is even more important in today's economic environment where schools are cutting arts programs. GNG serves low-income children in DC whose parents cannot afford to purchase instruments or lessons for them. These children are also heavily at risk for joining gangs. GNG provides a positive and creative outlet - learning to play guitar - that helps introduce young children to the arts and lets them know that they have other options besides getting involved with violence. GNG has a lesson plan for the children who participate in the program - they learn all of the basic chords for guitar. Kids graduate from the program when they are able to play all of the chords and they are given the guitar to keep to hopefully continue playing.

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

I've gone to fundraisers held by this organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them raise enough money to be able to hire at least a part-time staffer for the program.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

My guitar teacher is the coordinator for this program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 29, 2011

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January 29, 2011

Under less than ideal conditions Guitars Not Guns works with kids who desperately need a positive outlet and source of creative inspiration in their lives.

I've attended a public performance of a group of six Guitars Not Guns students - some mentally and physically disabled even - and
these kids thoroughly impressed the scores of other students, parents, and teachers in attendance.

I also attended a small graduation ceremony where a separate group of students received certificates recognizing their attendance and accomplishments in the Guitars Not Guns program.

This kind of public recognition is a powerful thing in the lives of these kids, even if they never pick up a guitar again.

The Guitars Not Guns works in such a variety of ways to improve the outlook for these kids, it is something that should be supported and implemented everywhere.

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

At the public performance, I've personally witnessed the great pride these kids had in their progress in learning the guitar and the ability to showcase a unique talent to their peers, teachers, and parents. The smiles say it all.

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

Like anything else, this organization is in need of volunteers and money to make things happen on a larger scale and help more people. It is run by a single tireless individual, spending his personal time and money to drive the effort forward. Given the results driven by this one person, one can just imagine what could be accomplished with more resources.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2011
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January 28, 2011
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I organized a two day festival called M.A.i.M./Ed. Fest (musicians alliance in music education) with proceeds to go to GNG. All people involved were a pleasure to work with and offered help in anyway they could. I see their continued dedication constantly)

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

by sharing in the joy of seeing a child learn and receive a guitar. The help they gave in promotion.

Ways to make it better...

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

consider a few paid part time people to help promote and fund raise so that more kids may benefit

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I have volunteered with GNG for almost a year now. I taught music as a chorus and band director for 4 years in NC and was looking for a way to be involved in music education once I relocated to DC. I have been impressed with the organization and the clear focus of its leadership; it is easy to volunteer because of the consistent dedication of the DC president and the continued commitment and support by the school and the students. I feel honored to be part of an organization that positively supports students in school by capitalizing on student interest and creating success that then multiplies into success academically and socially in many areas of these students' lives. On a personal note, I am proud to take part in each of these students' lives; they are polite, hardworking, creative, interesting, passionate and inspiring.

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I have watched the students continually improve their guitar skills weekly throughout the program. There are even 'graduated' students that returned for a second year and they are becoming quite accomplished guitarists! Of great importance as well, the students gain confidence and an outlet of self expression through this program. We sometimes have improv freestyle 'rap' or 'spoken word' that is both sincere and inspiring (and enlightening regarding how the students are making sense of their world).

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It is organized so well and the school is very supportive of the program, the volunteers, and the students. I would provide more financial support for guitars and other accessories. It would be great, for example, if the kids had tuners to keep once they have 'graduated' and learned how to tune their instrument on their own.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

The growth is this program in the National Capital Area is astonishing, from around 25 participants in 2006 to now more than 300. The program is based on a great idea, to provide opportunities that otherwise may not exist for at-risk kids to learn to play a guitar. Learning music whether it is the guitar or any other instrument provides so many more benefits than just learning the instruments. This program builds self-esteem and provides an alternative path rather than one that is self-destructive.

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

witnessing a kid that was on the path to self-destruction change his life through music. I've seen him perform in "open mike" night at a coffee house and heard him perform original songs.

Ways to make it better...

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

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January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

A coworker and guitarists challenged me to volunteer in the GNG program and I took the challenge. Instructing small groups of little fingers and hands moving up and down their new guitar neck together making music was beyond my expectations. To hear boys dreaming of playing with there buds and girls strumming and singing a new song takes one back to the beginnings. Success means practicing and that takes time and that time keeps them focused along with a weekly commitment to attend the lessons. Witnessing the smiles and claps from parents and friends of these young musicians upon graduation is the reason GNG does impact my local community and needs your support as well..

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

Instructing the young kids to understand the guitar as a instrument and then enjoy the benefits of plays songs that bring a joy the there hearts.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get the word out to the community for support and have more local musicians be aware that they can volunteer of the program for the youth.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

My name is Barbara Gorin, and I am VP of Fundraising for the Contra Costa County (California) chapter of Guitars Not Guns. I have such a deep passion for this program, and the benefits I have seen first hand for the deserving kids that we help to make music a part of their lives. I am proud to be part of this program, and anything I can do to help make it grow and help get recognition is a goal in my life.



I have been very fortunate in getting some International exposure for this program, specifically, the April 2010 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, where I was interviewed about my involvement with this wonderful program. I am greatful to be part of such a wonderful organization, and the great volunteers I have met along the way.



I was also given an honor for my volunteer work with this program by Diablo Magazine called the "Threads of Hope" which recognizes volunteers in our community that help make a difference. I am so thankful for the recognition of such a wonderful award.



I am also very greatful for the sponsors I have met along the way that help our program by donating strings, picks, guitar cases, straps, and other items we are great need. Without the support from these companies and the music community, and our volunteers, we would not be able to continue.



Thank you Ray and Louise Nelson for creating such a beautiful way to help kids make music a part of their lives. I will continue to dedicate my life and passion for music and kids to this fantastic organization and will continue to make you proud. Thank you!!

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

I have seen kids on the first night of our 8 week class be very shy and withdrawn, but after a few weeks, they run up to me and with such excitement. I have seen the positive results of helping kids build confidence with encouragement and love. I am proud to have made a difference in these kids lives through music.

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

I wish I could donate more time to this program to help spread the word, but my day job that I have been working for the past 23 years limits my time. I just wish I personally had more time to dedicate and help this program continue to grow

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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?

I wish we had a budget for promotions. All of the money we raise goes to buy guitars for the kids. If there was a budget to help promote, we could get more exposure. I try my best to get everything for free, but sometimes, that is not possible.

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

This program help me realize that deserving kids who are at risk youth, need to have a positive outlet and through music is an awesome way. I have met some wonderful people along the way.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

The satification I get from seeing the smiles on the kids faces each week during our 8 week class, and at the graduation is worth a zillion dollars! I see how happy we make these kids, and the feeling is like no other.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Guitars Not Guns is agreat organization. They introduce music through guitar playing to at urban youth at risk of gun violence. Music not only gives them an alternative to hanging out on the street, where trouble lurks around every corner, it also gives them the unique satisfaction of having created something that truly makes the world a better place.

The Great!

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

I have watched young adults experience the joy of learing how to play a musical intstrument.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make this program accessible to all youth, not just those at risk from gun violence.

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

I have taught for GnG and it is an exemplary program. There is nothing better than hooking kids on the power of music making.

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

students returning week after week.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide sound systems for the teachers.

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