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July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is one of the few nonprofit organizations in Mercer County that does its job! This organization exceptionally strives to impact the Latino community and their incorporation to the american society. In the legal side, its efforts involve providing assistance with deportations, immigration, civil and criminal cases. Most of the people who receive the assistance are people who do not have the money or access to obtain the correct information to deal with the problem. Therefore, LALDEF is becoming a reliable source to figth social justice. In the education side, the Futuro Mentoring Program is one exceptional idea that promotes education throughout the Latino community. As a Mentor for the program, the necessity of our student it's quite evident. However, the efforts are making a difference in the students' lives. Proper mentoring and tutoring, in addition to extracurricular activities are allowing our students to not be part of the terrifying dropout statistics and allowing them to pursue a higher education.

Overall, this is a great organization that strives to fulfill its vision.

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

the academic improvements students achieve as a result of the weekly tutoring sessions.

Ways to make it better...

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

obtain more economical resources to fund more students!

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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.)

It made me realize of the huge responsibility i have with my own community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It has not only made me feel productive as I am contributing to my community but also it has opened my eyes to the huge necessities challenges our communities face.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

A phenomenal organization full of hardworking individuals. This is more than just a nonprofit though: this organization is a great way to understand how persistence in building social capital in some very difficult communities can yield substantial benefits and results.

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The warmth of the individuals who work there is amazing. The entire community understands this, and so their presence is highly regarded.

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

Find stronger donors so that they can scale up their programs so as to reach more people.

July 24, 2011

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July 24, 2011

Laldef works with AARP's Tax-Aide program to provide the language assistance necessary to serve the Latina community. As partners we provide tax preparation for all who come to our site. We do the paper work to obtain an ITIN and do taxes for undocumented workers who are anxious to show good citizenship as well as those who might otherwise struggle with the required paperwork. Last tax season we did over 250 tax returns for individuals and families throughout the region.

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I have seen the program grow and can see how important it is to the community. People come to us with confidence that we can help with taxes and often other issues that effect their lives.

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

I would add even more spanish speaking volunteers trained to do the required tax work.

July 24, 2011

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July 24, 2011

LALDEF is an organization that always looking to inform and educate the community about law, culture,health etc. Constant helping clients with human rights,immigration, education.
They are involve in health fairs, immigration seminars,culture affairs to serve the community.
Is a great
organization, where anyone can turn on for help and to help others.

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This organization give us a lot of information about emigration laws, health and culture.

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

At this time I think this organization do not need to change anything, is growing a lot since starting because the community believes in the kind of job that they constantly offer us.

July 21, 2011

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July 21, 2011

I had a wonderful opportunity to partner with LALDF and sit on the board member group. This organization has provided countless efforts to provide health services and valuable resources to the Hispanic Community in Trenton. Our partnership has allowed us to better serve the Hispanic Community and provide an extensive outreach.

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

making a positive impact in the hispanic community

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

none

July 21, 2011

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July 21, 2011

LALDEF works tirelessly to increase awareness of issues and injustices that affect the local immigrant populations in New Jersey.
They were able to get community ID cards in Princeton and Trenton for those that needed them.

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

I can see increased awareness of immigrant issues in our area.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help to increase publicity and awareness so more people can get involved

July 21, 2011

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July 21, 2011

Since returning back to the Greater Trenton area I have seen and heard the passion behind this organization, Being a youth advocate and mentor through out the Mid Atlantic area I am proud to see what this organization is doing for their community. Commitment, Dedication and Passion is what I think about when I think of LALDEF!!!! Keep up the great SERVICE!!

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I've sat in on a meeting and felt the need and concern that LALDEF was trying to accomplish in Trenton..

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

Haven't seen anything....

July 21, 2011

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July 21, 2011

LALDEF's advocacy work has been outstanding over the years. They helped people who are struggling, overworked, underpaid, and at times exploited.
They provide civic education and documentation to hard-working immigrants and free vaccinations to children. It helps individuals who don't have
access to other resources.

It has been a pleasure to help LALDEF meet the needs of so many!

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

Seeing individuals feel they gained their dignity back when they received their ID. Some could now visit elderly parents they had not seen in years. The ID represented an American identity, a long-time dream, a better future for their children. They were very appreciative of LALDEF's efforts. I got lots of handshakes and huge smiles.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to get more volunteers and do serious fund-raising. We need funds to give wings and hands to the many projects that have been planned out

July 6, 2011

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July 6, 2011

I have worked with LALDEF in its Community ID program. I've found the program to be nothing short of inspiring, and LALDEF's director, Maria Juega, to be a "force of nature."

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

People's lives are changed by their experience of receiving a tangible sign of their inclusion in the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Allow them to purchase more equipment to make the ID process quicker and more efficient.

July 6, 2011

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July 6, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an extraordinary organization founded in 2004 by local volunteers concerned about the treatment of immigrants in Central New Jersey. Committed volunteers have collaborated with LALDEF's executive director, Maria (Charo) without respite to serve the Latino Community, especially immigrants. Although LALDEF is small it has exceeded expectations. Among LALDEF's achievements are:

* Educating immigrants about their rights and responsibilities.
* Regularly rganizing events, including roundtables, conferences, and workshops to inform the public about the conditions surrounding immigrants and the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
* Implementing a Community ID program that enables persons without other forms of representation with a valid means of identification. LALDEF has issued more than 3,000 Community ID cards which are recognized and accepted by police departments, places of commerce, hospitals, schools, banks, etc. The program benefits juvenile parolees, homeless people, undocumented children, and recent immigrants.
* Implementing the FUTURO program, a mentoring effort meant to help young people graduate from highschool and make a successful transition into college. LALDEF recently celebrated the graduation of eight participants in this program.
* Sustaining regular dialogues with the authorities about problems facing the Latino community; referring indiviuals and families to service providers; and advocating for families and individuals in need.

This and more LALDEF does on a string budget. You will rarely meet a more effective or dedicated individuals, all working in the spirit of service and justice.

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

supporting youngsters advance their education; helping immigrants searn about their rights and responsibilities, and educating immigrants and the public at large about the need for immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.

Ways to make it better...

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

This is a remarkable organization whose work would be enhanced through an expansion of material resources. Every dollar donated to LALDEF is a vote for justice and fair play, basic American values.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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