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September 25, 2010

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September 25, 2010

Fantastic organization, that last year helped, via scholarships, six different financially needy individuals pay for their college educations. Hear Foundation is a well run, well thought out, endeavor, that puts every dollar at work for the needy.

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Chairing the Scholarship Committee that reviewed essays and interviewed needy high school seniors for six different scholarships. I have also volunteered in food distributions where Hear purchases large amounts of food and distributes it to food pantries

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

I am going to post this up on the site. Let me know if there is anything I should add or delete? I am a freshmen at Marquette University studying to become a civil engineer. I come from a low income family and grew up in Chicago. Growing up my family constantly moved. I attended seven different schools before high school. Most of my friends and family did not graduate from high school and are affiliated with gangs. My parents dropped out freshmen year of high school and had me at a young age. Being the first one in my family to attend college is hard. I had no one to tell me how hard college is, how to enroll, let alone what college was. I am the first stepping stone for my family, and all the eyes are on me. I have cousins that look up to me and a younger brother who is in high school. I was nervous, but the HEAR foundation helped me step by step. They, HEAR members, would share their opinions about what was the best college for me, and help my family and me by granting me a scholarship. I cannot describe how fortunate I am. The HEAR foundation is helping me fulfill my dream without them I really do not know where I would be.

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About every month

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2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

Working with the HEAR Foundation is something that is very near and dear to my heart. One of my favorite programs that HEAR does is the HEAR Feeds Program. Twice a year they give nearly 40,000 pounds of Chicken away to different organizations and neighborhoods in need around Chicago. To date they have given over to 500,000 meals to people in need. I helped organize volunteers, move boxes, deliver Chicken to different organizations and saw the impact it had when people of the communities came to pick up their Chicken. After having helped HEAR with this a couple times, one of my favorite experiences with this was when I saw a single mother come to pick up her Chicken with her 6 kids. She explained to me how grateful she was because her kids have not been able to have protein in over 6 months. It is stories like this that keep me coming back to help the HEAR Foundation. They do great work and you can see the impact they have on the communities they work in.

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the letters and the comments that have been sent or made to the foundation and seeing the actual impact they have had in and around Chicago.

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The greatest thing about this foundation is that 100% of my donation goes directly to projects and programs. It is so nice to know that my money is going DIRECTLY to where it can best help people.

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The staff and volunteers make working with this foundation so much fun. Everyone is there because they truly believe in the program they are volunteering for. It is so much fun when you can enjoy what you're doing and know it is for a great cause!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

For the last 3 years I have been traveling with a small group of volunteers to help develop programs for a girl's school /orphanage in rural Guatemala. We have taught them to sew and make jewelry which they can then sell back an enthusiastic market in the US. Thanks to the sponsorship of the HEAR foundation we have been able to turn 100% of those profits back to the girl's to provide for food, clothing and to cover the costs of utilities and housing maintenance. My experiences with the girls in Guatemala and the working with the HEAR Foundation has been a source of inspiration and gratification. All the volunteers and sponsors have been kind, hardworking and focused on the main goal - improving the quality of life for the girls of the Marta y Maria Orphanage. Particularly impressive has been the group's (volunteers, sponsors and donors)flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing needs and circumstances as they arise. For example, the volunteers came to the orphanage to build a playset but enthusiastically addressed and corrected plumbing /sewage issues when they became aware of them.

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

in conjunction with the Hijas work in rural Guatemala where this organization build an addition to an orphanage, helped build a playground, improved sewage and plumbing on site and sponsored income producing skills training for the girls

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

AMAZING PROGRAM! The goal of Hijas is to help the orphaned girls become financially independent. The program teaches the girls to create beautiful and unique jewelry and bags. The directors of Hijas have wholeheartedly dedicated their time, resources, passion, and love to help provide the girls with a better life.

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speaking with the volunteers who traveled to Guatemala.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

You could not find a foundation more selflessly dedicated to a cause as HEAR. Specifically the work accomplished in Jalapa, Guatemala has truly transformed the quality of life for these girls and turned made an uncertain future a considerably more brighter.

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I've made several trips with the group, working on projects varing from sewing instruction and jewelry making through construction of a playground and replacing a septic system.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

As I was a volunteer with a Med/Surg team in Jalapa, Guatemala our group became aware of the needs of the girls at the Casa Hogar a Girls Home/Orphanage. Several nurses from the team determined the needs and started a Sewing and a Jewelry project. I have been teaching the girls sewing and travel to Guatemala three times a year to continue this project. As a retired RN and a grandmother of 5, I see the needs of these girls and they've stolen my HEART.

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We are now seeing the results of our early classes and now have some of the girls learning to be the treachers. They are learning to work independently and design orginal projects.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The work the HEAR Foundation does in Jalapa is simply stunning. On paper, the success stories go on and on: • On-going coursework for the girls teaching them skills to lead independent lifestyles once they come of age. • Expanding the building to increase capacity and provide shelter for additional children. • Building a playground, establishing a meal plan to provide nourishing meals, building an irrigation system to promote self-sufficiency, etc, etc... The true impact the HEAR Foundation has had can be summed up in the smiles on the girls’ faces and can be seen in the way they live their day to day lives. In its relatively short existence, the HEAR Foundation has empowered the girls of the Marta y Maria Orphanage to overcome their troubled pasts and create brighter futures; I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring!

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Jalapa, Guatemala. Feb 2009, 2010

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I have traveled to Jalapa, Guatemala with the Hijas group to teach the young women who are residents there how to make jewelry. The goal is to teach them skills, while at the same time teaching them how to run a business - from quality control, inventory, leadership, accountability, marketing, etc. We made products throughout the week and then had a sale at the end of the week with a volunteer group that was in Jalapa. The girls saw their products sold, were able to talk about how they were made, and completed the sales. They then were able to bring the money back to the orphanage to help pay for food and basic necessities. It was wonderful to see the girls earn self confidence and thrive in this situation, and know that they will go on to be self sufficient in the future that Hijas is creating for them. They now have hope in their future.

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Selling a piece of jewelry that the girls have made, telling the story of the orphanage and these girls, and returning to Guatemala with the money from the sales knowing that they will be able to eat that week and buy basic necessities for survival.

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

Feed all the residents of the orphanage forever, supply clean water, sewage and electricity, build new schools, send all the girls to college so that they can become everything that they dream to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I have contributed to the Hear foundation for a while, but I really got involved last November when I traveled with the team to Guatamala. I discovered first hand how women have no value in that country. The Hear foundation has taught the girls how to sew and make jewlery. The Hear foundation is now in the process of teaching them nutrition and growing their own food. I am so impressed that this organazation is not just giving hand outs, but teaching them that they are special and that they can be self sufficent. The love I seen between girls and volunteers was amazing. I personally am going back in November again to help with a irrigation system we are putting in. That is only a small part of why I am going back. The main reason is, I thought I was going to give out all my love but instead I recieved way more then what I gave out. I was very impressed how they can be so happy and have so much love in there situation. These girls are there because they have been raped, mistreated or abused,( mainly by men). I think the Hear foundation has diffently saved those girls life. They have given them more then food and shelter and water, they have given them HOPE.

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When I went to Guatamala I seen first hand the love and self esteem the Hear foundatin has put in the hearts of the girls. I can hardly wait to go back there this year, and see how much they have grown in statue since last year

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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