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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Great place to volunteer, especially after looking at a computer all day. You get to tear the computers down and refurbish them so they can be given to students who need technology. Fun work, reducing e-waste, and helping kids in need. Great combination!

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

Durham Public Schools

Ways to make it better...

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

Get it more money.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I had an old computer that I no longer had a use for, but that worked very well. After I bit of searching, I discovered Kramden as a way to get that computer into the hands of deserving students who would make great use of it.

When I went to donate the computer, the volunteers were very
nice and professional. A number of student volunteers were present, and I was impressed at how everyone seemed to know exactly what to do.

Based on that, I decided to volunteer for Kramden. They have an amazing process for refurbishing donated computers that makes it possible for anyone to volunteer in a meaningful way, regardless of their level of computer expertise. They were a joy to work with.

Kramden helps students and at the same time prevents working computers from going to waste. They're a great organization deserving of your donation and available volunteer time.

The Great!

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

my volunteer efforts and letters of gratitude received from student beneficiaries of Kramden.

Ways to make it better...

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

spread it to other communities, which I believe is part of their future plans.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

The other day I overhead a co-worker talking about how they donated their computer for a good cause. I had been in search of a place to get rid of two old PCs so I asked her how to donate. I visited Kramden's website and called to make an appointment. I showed up and a volunteer helped me unload the computers. The staff was really great, only two employees there. They showed me around and I saw where the computers are ready to be refurbished then donated. This was great a place to send my old PCs where they would not only be useful but also change someone's life. Kramden is such a great idea.

The Great!

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

Learning a new way to get rid of computer technology and meeting great staff who work to do good things.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them advertise Kramden as a donation center more.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I started volunteering at Kramden in January 2009 as part of community service for a speeding ticket. I thought I would do my time and move on, but I'm still there. Its been great participating in the Geekathons, school giveaways, and of course refurbishing computers. Their efforts over my last two years there have resulted in giving away roughly 5000 computers to children who would otherwise not have access to technology. They have helped level the playing field for them to excel.

The Great!

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

its growth and ability to expand programs beyond the schools

Ways to make it better...

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

Help get them more more equipment and money

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I happened onto Kramden because I wanted to recycle several computers. I dropped by to drop them off and asked a few questions. The Volunteer coordinator took the time to explain their mission and invited me to join. Well, what they were doing and the friendiliness they showed convinced me to try them out. I came back on the Wednesday worknight and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have 30+ years of computer experience and I immediately saw they had set up a process that was accessable by volunteers of all skill levels. I was able to read the prepared sheets on each workstation and immediately felt I was contributing. A very good feeling.

But it went beyond that. Everyone around me was friendly. I heard the long term volunteers cheerfully answering the questions of the newest volunteers. They were laughing and having fun and making computers for kids that didn't have a single computer in the house. At the end of the night, I heard a new high school volunteer telling her father how included she felt, how she was coming back next week. This seemed almost too good to be true. Shortly after my first few sessions, and I still wasn't sure I was going to continue, i went to what they call a GAT (Geek-A-Thon) where they basically take the show on the road. The same fun/cheerful chemistry continued by in a different venue. This new people see what Kramden was doing in their own back yard. It was fun to see the new people have the same experience I had had. I also absolutely knew it was not a fluke. This was a committed happy group of people. I found myself developing friendships with high school kids and older professionals like myself and college students to boot.

Then I got to see the kids get their computers. I saw families come in with proud parents standing behind the recepient who also looked happy, solemn, proud, and excited, all at the same time. All the while their younger siblings danced in excitement tugging and pulling on their older sister/brother's arms. I had purposefully tracked a machine I had taken through the whole process and watched it given away. It was moving and as I watched another cheerful volunteer explain is use. It was real. It was a point of joy in these kids lives. It was an encouragement to continue their hard work in school (teachers nominate hardworking students). It was something that could help this person level the "playing field" for themselves. It was a gift joyfully given. I was hooked. I am hooked.

So if you want a place where you can see the tangible fruits of your labor and see how they directly affect others in a positive manner, and learn, and meet other kind friendly people of all ages, and do it all among a cheerful giving manner, Kramden Institute is a great place to be.

The Great!

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

I have been going to Kramden from last July 2010 to the present.

Ways to make it better...

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

There are operational improvements, such as processing incoming contributions that we are working to change. But this is a well focused group with a well-defined mission, focused goals, strong leadership in board and management (I am not a member of either), great committment to its volunteers, with the flexibility to improve its final product to the students it serves. There is very little to improve. It is a good example of "if it ain't broken, don't fix it."

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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

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

I have met many new friends. People I enjoy spending time with.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It brings me happiness and contentment. The smiles on my fellow volunteers and on families it affects is tremdious.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

...Kramden Institute is what a charity organization is all about.
- Making a difference to those in need
- A focused program with quality leadership
- Repeat corporate participation that sees the value
- A diverse group of volunteers experiening great fellowship
- Being
underfunded and still getting the job done.

The Great!

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

it allows me to use my technical skills and work with lots of folks different from mysel and it's fun to work there to boot !

Ways to make it better...

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

find more money to proliferate more good deeds !

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I worked for Kramden right out of college and absolutely fell in love with what the organization does for kids in the Triangle area and beyond. I had the opportunity to witness firsthand so many little faces light up knowing they were receiving newly refurbished computers to help them with their education at home. The people that work there and the volunteers are beyond amazing. This organization needs the funds to continue on b/c there are so many kids in NC alone and across the entire country that could greatly benefit from their services.

Kramden rocks!

The Great!

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

Working as Director of Events for nearly a year organizing the Geek-A-Thons and Award Days and getting to experience the joy on the kid's faces first hand.

Ways to make it better...

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

The thing this organization truly needs is more funds. With more funding they could be impacting lives beyond just NC. They just need more exposure so they right people can help out.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I started volunteering at Kramden in August '10 and the experience has exceeded my expectations. The refurbishing process is fun and easy to learn and all of the volunteers/staff are incredibly smart and attentive. I feel like I learn something new every time I work with them. Also, between the Wednesday Night Work Nights and Geek-a-Thons, there are a lot of opportunities to contribute. It really feels good to help children bridge the digital divide.

The Great!

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

personal development.

Ways to make it better...

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

improve the oversight or QC at the stations to ensure all directions are being followed.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

About a year ago I found Kramden through a volunteer match site. I absolutely love it. Everyone is so nice and there are Super Geeks to help you learn all the stations. I really feel like I am helping my community because all the computers go to students in North Carolina and a lot go to students in nearby counties. Its really cool how by refurbishing computers we are helping the environment and helping kids and families right here.

The Great!

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

learning more about computers and how to help my community

Ways to make it better...

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

NOTHING!!

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Kramden is a special organization. You should see the kid's faces when they get their computer. They are so happy and their parents are thrilled too!
As a volunteer, I love working on the computers and getting them ready to be awarded.
All the staff and the volunteers are just great at
Kramden. Lets give a big had to everyone!!

The Great!

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

watching the kids get computers

Ways to make it better...

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

It's great the way it is

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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

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

enhanced my computer repair skills

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fantastic

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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