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November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

I have been a volunteer in many capacities from the very beginning. to me what is the most important achievement of Jubilee is that the community has taken our dream to a higher level. I have witnessed parents, who would not even consider a PTA, to become advocates not just for the school, but for the entire neighborhood. When the last DISD bond issue was not handle well at O. M. Roberts, these parents demanded monthly meeting with the District superintendent. They spoke for themselves and got action. This was not happening before Jubilee.

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I helped clean up the original parcels of land, worked on the two original structures trimming out window and doors, and involved in the 2010 Jubilee dedication of new facilities.

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

I would help more.

November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

As a volunteer, I have helped with the Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner, the neighborhood clean-up day, the Steering Committee, the Angel Tree Christmas program, and writing for numerous publications about this amazing neighborhood revitalization program. To see the neighborhood elementary school go from the worst performing in Dallas to be rated Exemplary is a testament to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. When others had relegated the neighborhood children as doomed to be low-performers, the Jubilee volunteers proved them wrong! Big Time.Jubilee was started by the efforts of an outstanding church, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal, and now the army of volunteers reaches over the entire city. Senior citizens can watch the children play in the beautiful and safe park. Housing is so improved. Nutrition and health issues are big priorities. When we share communion with residents and volunteers (in English and Spanish), the bond of friendship and humanity is bridged so beautifully.

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

Seeing the change in O.M. Roberts Elementary School---which went from the lowest performing to Exemplary. Also, the safety that has been added to this area. In an area where so many people have never graduated from high school, now children are even attending college.

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

Just expand the borders of the neighborhood! It is the pinnacle of neighborhood revitalization because it values the people who are there and helps them improve their piece of the universe. It is truly a model for neighborhood revitalization for the whole country.

November 12, 2010

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November 12, 2010

I joined Jubilee three years ago as chair of the Public Health Task Force. Residents of Jubilee face a myriad of health issues from infant to senior, we see diabetes, hypertension, plumonary disease, & obesity as example. Jubilee is surrounded by a "food desert" with no neighborhood grocery store & limited transportation. With 1000 healthy calories costing $17.00 & !000 unhealthy calories available for $1.75 it is understandable that with financial constraints that dietary input is affected. With the creation of the Children's Community Garden we are able to provide healthy & accessable alternatives in the residents diets. Additionally, the Kids Cafe provides dinner for children who often would have no other meal in the evening. Jubilee is that oasis to the neighborhood where fellowship is ongoing, dreams are realized, & smiles abound.

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I came to Jublilee thinking I had so much to offer to the residents & what I quickly realized is that I take away far more than I will ever be able to give back. My family & I celebrate the joy of Jubilee everyday & give thanks we are a small part of this life-transformating experience that is Jubilee.

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Jubilee is constantly evolving & hopefully always for the better. We learn from our mistakes & celebrate our successes. I do believe we could do a little less analyzing & take a few more leaps of faith. If planning takes longer than the program timeline in discussion the point is being missed.

November 11, 2010

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November 11, 2010

I had the privilege of serving on the team responsible for construction of the new Jubilee Park Community facilities. Through my involvement, I was able to witness first hand, the impact that Jubilee has on the community it serves. The care and consideration that was put into each decision was an awesome thing to experience. The level of commitment and dedication that the Jubilee program has for the Community is an inspiring thing to see. Jubilee is a great example of what a few with giving hearts who commit to making an impact can do for an entire community.

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With the construction of the new facilities, Jubilee will be able to reach more people in the community.

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

I would increase their branding with the intent of broadening their impact.

November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010

I volunteer in the Jubilee neighborhood every week. I enjoy working with the Jubilee staff. Jubilee's vision is education through the life cycle. I see this happening every week. Whether it's the elementary students after school program, lunches for senior citizens, or adult computer classes, Jubilee is committed to changing lives. This is very encouraging!

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volunteering

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

increase the size of the organization so that greater impact can be made in southeast Dallas.

November 3, 2010

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November 3, 2010

As a volunteer at Jubilee Park and Community Center, I feel extremely happy to be able be participate of this great cause. Volunteering at Jubilee has been the most rewarding volunteering I have ever done. I am currently working as a tutor/assistant with the 3rd grade after school program, and just having the kids smile and run to hug me, and ask for help with their homework every time they see me, is an accelerating feeling that has me wishing I could do this all day long. Just driving trough the community can give one an idea of how much the help is needed in this area, but Jubilee is sure to provide breath of hope to the families that participate in this program.

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The kids that I tutor are my motivation to do what i do, you can see how much help some kids need just from being with them for 2 hours. I can personally say that in the short time that I have been here I've seen some improvement in some kids' reading skills, as well as their social interactions.

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

I would make the after school program at least an hour longer; and I would probably add a weekend program with fun activities for the kids.

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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?

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 love what I do at Jubilee, maybe one thing that could improve my volunteer experience would be a short orientation before starting the volunteering.

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

Definitely! Just being with the kids I have learned how much they really need and appreciate the time they spend with me, and are always wondering if I will be there the next day!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Extremely rewarded, because I know that every kid is taking at least one lessons from me, to help them succeed in school and life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

I am a youth minister at a church in Dallas, so I have taken my group to Jubilee more times than I can remember. The people in the community are always welcoming and happy to see us. The staff is organized, friendly, and energetic. My church is actually trying to be very intentional about not just going to service the people of Jubilee, but rather alongside them. So far so good!

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

I've become good friends with some of the staff.

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

Communicate more to the public who they are, and what needs they have.

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Tutor elementary students at O.M. Roberts Elementary

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