LifeChronicles

Rating: 4.96 stars   49 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 113 W. Mission St. Santa Barbara CA 93101 USA

Mission: The services that LifeChronicles provides were inspired by an experience of our founder, Kate Carter. A recently widowed friend of Kate was diagnosed with cancer and told she had a short time to live. Kate was concerned that her friend's three children would lose the memories of their father and mother. This concern inspired Kate to speak to her friend about making a video to deliver messages of love, sharing her stories and passing on advice for the future. Although Kate's friend passed before they had a chance to tape her, from this experience LifeChronicles was born. Through videotaping individuals and families across the country, LifeChronicles strives to preserve the memory and essence of individuals, to tell the stories that could have gone untold and to solidify the bonds between people. With the help of our youth volunteers, LifeChronicles has served over 1,200 families in 38 states and 250 cities who have found a need for our video-recordings in a variety of similar situations.
Results: We are now creating a certification program after requests from major medical and hospice institutions wishing to be trained to provide our experience and expertise so their patients will have a LifeChronicle whenever needed.
Target demographics: families heal and connect
Direct beneficiaries per year: families across the United States.
Geographic areas served: Everywhere
Programs: by videotaping an elderly family member or a seriously ill loved one.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a vlounteer with Life Chronicles I’v enjoyed, and learned something different on every assist I made with Kate Carter. Kate and her staff are prompt to respond to an immediate need and for the life of me I really don’t know how she does what she does, expect to say this is Kate’s “life’s work “ and it is from her heart. I might have been the elder of volunteers for Life Chronicles as I started around 60 yrs old. I had to let go of that volunteer work because of health problems that I now face. I have been diagnosed with a rare brain disease that there is no cure and now almost 64 years old was to call first on the list is my friend Kate Carter !
I am certain that Life Chronicles will not disappoint you and will excel beyond your wildest expectations from Kate Carter.....Thank you again Kate for the work you do for so many! God Bless You!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I both decided to volunteer with LifeChronicles as a bonding experience. What we witnessed through many tapings was so much more than we ever expected. Kate and her staff have the process down, it is sacred work. LifeChronicles opened a dialogue between my daughter and myself that I didn't think was possible.

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

Clone Kate Carter!!!

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Daniel; and I volunteered for life chronicles in March 2012, and it was an event I will always remember. I have been in media production for about seven years now, but I have never work on a project like this. Life Chronicles is a great program that gives families lasting memories. I was deeply moved while I shot and listened to the family's recount of their lives. This was a life changing event for me, and I would volunteer again.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although it's been a little over a year since I've volunteered my time, I miss working at LifeChronicles very much. I think about the founder, Kate Carter, and the organization all the time, and how much it's impacted me over the course of time I got to be there, and continues today. I really admire her work, and the work that gets done there everyday! I am so grateful for the time I got to be there, and all the hours i put in. Kate Carter and LifeChronicles truly carry a big spot in my heart. I hope to be able to go back soon and put in some more time. All the best!! Xoxo

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

I've personally experience the results of this organization in my life everyday. Everyday whether it's putting my time aside to help somebody else, or going out of my way to hold a door open for someone, it's the qualities of compassion and kindness that is instilled throughout the whole LifeChronicles experience that engraves great qualities in my life everyday.

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

Nothing. It's Remarkable as is!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When Life Chronicles created the wonderful video they did of my mother, I thought that the main intent was for we kids and her friends to enjoy it. Little did I know that mom would have a ball working with their skilled staff to record her life story so creatively. She watched the tape many times afterwards whether showing it to someone or on her own. It was a great experience for her, and now that she is gone, we can still enjoy seeing and hearing her telling her story in that inimitable way she had.

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

Life Chronicles created a professional quality video of my mother when she was in her 70's telling her life story so that the family would have this record which is far and away the best memorabilia we have of her.

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

None.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to LifeChronicles the summer between my junior and senior year of high school, looking for something meaningful to do with my summer that would give me some video production experience. What I received from LifeChronicles, was so much more. My experience taping people at LifeChronicles taught me so much about life and how it can be cruel and unfair, yet still so full of love and joy. I expected the tapings to be morose and depressing, yet not a single one was. Every person I taped just had messages for the ones they loved and stories to share with future generations--there was nothing depressing about it at all. More than video production, LifeChronicles taught me about the resilience and joy of the human condition. I gained so much from my experience at LifeChronicles that two years after my first summer volunteering, I came back to volunteer again after my first year of college.
Additionally, I am constantly impressed by the people running LifeChronicles. The few staff members and the many volunteers are all so passionate about what they do and devote themselves fully to their work, believing fully in the power of a video to capture the memory of someone. LifeChronicles is a truly unique and important non-profit organization.

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

what it has taught me about people. LifeChronicles has shown me that everyone has an interesting story to tell and that no person's life should not be chronicled.

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

give it more money so that it can reach more people. LifeChronicles already does so much with so little money, I just wish they received more donations so that they could tape even more people, impacting more families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the founder of LifeChronicles, what I can tell you about LifeChronicles that matters most is...the families we serve make it clear to us each day how important a LifeChronicles video is to them. They tell us it is precious, priceless and one of the most important things they own. They realize now, even though the loved one they have lost may not have been sick when we taped them, that this video is a gift that will be passed along from generation to generation. They know they will never have to worry about forgetting the sight and sound of them and just what it was about them that was so special. And the filmings are often a source of healing for the families that continues long after they sat down and spoke the word they wanted to be remembered. One of the greatest gifts from this work is that student volunteers are forever powerfully and profoundly enriched by their experiences with the people we film.

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

tapings of people I never met before as well as people I have known and loved for many years.

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

provide enough funding for LifeChronicles to continue its work everywhere.

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LifeChronicles is an organization that captures the essence of the incredible people that you and I see everyday. But, instead of just passing them by, we get to acknowledge what they are about. LifeChronicles, captures the stories and memories of those who we could learn from everyday who fight with the unexpected experiences and struggles in life. LifeChronicles listens, sees, acknowledges, captures, grips the heart, finds the inner beauty, fosters the growth and well-being of every human. The last thing on this earth that LifeChronicles will do is take advantage of a life because through watching the over 600 people that they have taped they have learned what it truly means to value the time that we all have on this earth. Whether it's learning about someone in a 2 hour video or getting to be in their presence with them for 2 hours, I have learned that time is precious and it’s the one thing that is with us the most throughout our life but, much like everything else in life it runs out. LifeChronicles gives that priceless gift to those who struggle ever single day back to their families and loved ones. It's the one thing that I know my family would want most of if I was terminally ill, and only had some time left to live. I conclude my review with saying that LifeChronicles gives time back to those who don't have much of it left when they hear in those few minutes in a room with a doctor that they are diagnosed with a terminal illness that could take years away from their life. What would you say?

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

A profound way. It's an organization that helps so many in their paths of life. Every life is different and it helps those who don't have much time left to tell their families and loved ones help much they love them when they can no longer tell them

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

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The reward I get at the end of the day is one that I couldn't get if I worked anywhere else.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All kinds of volunteers from high-school students to adults that were all very passionate about the work they do with LifeChronicles

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

Expand its services to those it serves and could afford to get more help. It could also get better equipment to improve the quality of work it already does. And, it could get started on the educational tool called LifeSpace

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

none

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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