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November 27, 2010

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November 27, 2010

I first learned about the Kimmel Housing Foundation after hearing Mr. Howard Kimmel, President of this organization speak at a Social Action Committee meeting at our synagogue. Mr. Kimmel's dedication was apparent and I was impressed by his passion about the need to build affordable housing for seniors and workforce families in Nassau County. I also learned that the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation was originally formed by three Kimmel families to build affordable housing began in 1994 as a private Foundation and in 2009 the organization became a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. I was intrigued by the focus of the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation that I drove to Westbury, Long Island to view the two existing facilities that were constructed. The first, a 38 unit senior housing development was completed in 2003 and received the coveted Long Island Builder's Institute Platinum Award. The second building, for workforce families was completed in 2009. The reality after seeing these two building outweighed anything I ever thought possible. They are thoughtfully and expertly constructed to provide ease and safety for the tenants, particularly the elderly and the frail. Additionally, the two buildings are a hands-on management and continued maintenance. I decided to join this organization as a grants writer/fundraiser because I admired their commitment to strengthen the lives of the elderly and disadvantaged families to achieve the best quality of life. As a grants writer/fundraiser, I have the ability to apply for funds which are always needed to maintain the buildings in the optimum working conditions and for future projects such as: 1. The installation of solar panels for the residents of the two existing buildings which will greatly reduce utility costs, benefit the economic/comfort needs of the residents and be environmentally responsible. Solar panels have proven to be low maintenance and as electricity rates rise these savings will increase. 2. The construction of more buildings that duplicates the ones already constructed for seniors, the disadvantaged and veterans. I believe that the Kimmel Housing Development Foundation deserves every consideration to help us help others who need it.

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

I have marveled at the expertise, management and maintenance of all those concerned with the organization.

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

The only change I would make would be to try to construct future sights that function as well as the two already constructed in Westbury.

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

Honest, dedicated, hardworking group of people who work tirelessly for the cause of Affordable Housing in Long Island. All the very best to them.

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

The winning of the first competition we applied to, the TD Bank Grant Competition.

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

Get more people involved, and get the word out to society that there are people out there who care about the community.

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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?

Honestly, none. I had a fantastic time there.

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

Absolutely. Helped me become more confident of my abilities, helped me learn how to research and apply my skills gained through education in the real word.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fantastic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

Some people on LI cannot afford housing and live in temporary shelters or on the street. The Kimmel Housing Development Foundation is the only non-profit organization in Nassau County that has helped build affordable housing in Nassau County for such people. The residents of Apex I (38 units) and Apex II (35 units) are all very grateful to be able to have a place to live and call home that is well maintained and affordable

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

I have met many residents at different events and they have talked about how living at Apex I & II has greatly improved the quality of their lives.

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

I can’t think of any changes. I would have the Foundation continue to do what it has been doing in the same manner as it has in the past.

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