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April 19, 2011
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April 19, 2011
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I have been involved with the Lincoln Child Center in Oakland Ca for the past 10 years. Through my organization we have worked with many of the LCC staff, met the children and families that they serve, and helped to raise funds year after year. We do this and I do this because I know the struggles that families face in the current environment and how so many children are abandoned, abused, and left without anyone to really care for them. LCC is the beacon of hope for many children in the SF Bay area who have experienced some type of trauma in their lives that is no fault of their own. LCC provides the care; nurturing, education, and emotional support that children and their families need to survive and eventually become good citizens even though they have experience traumatic events in their lives. The dedication of the LCC staff is unwavering and they work tirelessly through economic ups and downs because when the day is done, they are helping to secure a healthy future for the clients that they serve, as well as the communities.

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My organization has donated holiday gifts for the children at LCC who otherwise may not have received anything at all. The joy that this brought to the children has made us continue this tradition for the past 10 years. We often receive artwork from the children. I have also prepared gourmet meals for the resident children. They are amazed at the many different cuisines that we prepare and they get to experience. I love the way they come up to us afterwards and ask how did we make a certain dish.

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

Expand the organization so that it has the capacity to take in more families and service more needs of the community

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

I'm new to the board, but I'm already impressed with the board makeup and the executive staffing at Lincoln. Lincoln is focused on what it does best - helping underserved and special needs children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Through their 9 programs Lincoln has helped scores of children become successful when no one else would. It is an honor to serve an organization that is out there making a difference in the lives of so many children.

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Being new, I haven't much experience working with this organization directly. The company I work for has supported Lincoln for over 10 years. Employees of the company I work for help out with such things as the Gourmet Club (a group of volunteers that get together to cook and feed Linoln's children food they may not have been exposed to), and assist with maintenance around Lincoln's campuses.

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

I'm too new and thus far I don't see anything I'd change. Because of budget problems and deficits, funding for Lincoln's programs is in jeopardy; we need organizations like Lincoln to fill in the gaps.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

The company I work for has supported Lincoln for over 10 years. It is an extremely worthy cause.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Replace funding lost to budget cuts, refocus efforts to other programs with the closure of the Residence program.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Move their education model to more school districts in the East Bay.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

I have been greatly impressed by the events held in support of L.C.C. as well as the very noteworthy work they are doing for our youth in need. There is nothing like Lincoln Child Center in the Bay Area that serves this type of population and is sorely needed. The expertise and caring from the staff and volunteers is evident in all they do. It is a group that I feel confidant in supporting by donating money, time and effort. Their results are obvious.

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April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

I have served on the Lincoln Child Center Board for the past 17 years, during which time I have served as its Board Chair and Chair of practically all of its Board committees. This evidences my commitment to an organization that does a wonderful job of serving the needs of at risk youth, their families and their communities. Through a comprehensive set of programs -- from residential treatment to academic enrichment to therapeutic treatment and beyond -- Lincoln is able to prepare its clients for life outside of institutional settings where they can reach levels of success that years of abuse put practically beyond their reach. Lincoln restores hope and provides coping tools that put its clients in "a place" that is easily attained by children who are raised in loving, supportive, enriching environments.

Lincoln is going through a transition as it moves away from providing residential services that have been a major component of its service delivery regime. I am confident that Lincoln will exit this transition as a strong, stable organization with programs that meet the needs of the communities that Lincoln serves. I am excited about the intensified community-based direction that the organization is taking because it will allow Lincoln to be even more impactful than it has been.

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Through my Gourmet Club activities, I am fortunate to be able to interact with Lincoln's clients. Through these contacts, I have come to realize that these clients are simply our kids who have been dealt a bad hand. I have met past Lincoln clients -- most recently at Lincoln's 2011 Culinary Stars event -- who speak fondly of how Lincoln has affected their lives. It’s gratifying to see these clients on the right tract living happy and productive lives.

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Lincoln would be a stronger organization if it relied less on governmental funding for its programs. Hopefully, the private sector and the foundation community will realize the benefits that Lincoln confers on its clients in particular and society in general, and will increase their financial support of this organization so it can become as impactful as it can and wants to be.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

Lincoln Child Center has enjoyed a long, rich history of providing critical services to vulnerable children in the Bay Area. We provide intensive mental health services, community-based wrap-around services, school-based services, and a nonpublic school program located on our campus high in the Oakland hills. Lincoln's programs have adapted through the years to community health needs and therapeutic trends. Today, we serve over 1000 children in two counties and 17 schools.

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I've attended fund raising events in which graduates of the Lincoln programs have spoken of their personal benefit and success as a result of receiving services and "care". I've reviewed program metrics as a Board Member, noting the progress individual programs are making toward serving their clients.

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

Advise nongovernmental funding options.

April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

Lincolln Child Center ("LCC") is a great non-profit that offers assistance to a marginalized population of Oakland. These kids are in need of support which is provided by the staff of LLC. Children who are often over looked are placed front and center. They are encouraged to flourish and their families are given the support necessary.

LLC has been able to keep programs that assist their emotionally and physically abused kids through art and sports. LCC is an established presence in Alameda County.

This organization does wonders for a population that is rarely given a voice let alone a chance to succeed in this world.

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April 11, 2011

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April 11, 2011

I've been proud to work with foster youth in Alameda County for over ten years now, and my admiration for the work of Lincoln Child Center has grown tremendously during that time. Especially over the past several years - a time of ever intensifying challenges for all human service agencies in California - Lincoln has consistently demonstrated and affirmed its commitment to serving the most vulnerable among us. Its rich array of programs continues to evolve, and its leadership is fully engaged in ensuring that Lincoln is ahead of the curve, always striving to develop better ways to serve children and families impacted by foster care.

Lincoln is an institution - part of Oakland's past, present, and future.

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I've seen Lincoln's children and families stabilize, recover, and learn to thrive

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I believe that under its current leadership, Lincoln can and should continue to expand and innovate, and that foster kids in Alameda County will be all the better off for it.

April 8, 2011

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April 8, 2011

The Lincoln Child Center was introduced to our company, Matsco, in 2000, by one of Lincoln's board member, who was also an employee of Matsco. The employees as well as the CEO, at the time, feel in love with their program. We were very moved by their dedication and commitment in helping these emotionally and vulnerable children in our community. Matsco decided to have a toy drive and help fulfill the children's wish list adn we succeeded. But a handful of employees wanted to do more than provide holiday gifts to the children, we wanted to dedicate our time throughout the year and so a small group of eight decided to call ourselves "The Breakfast club" and we began preparing home cooked breakfasts for the staff and children on a monthly bases. They enjoyed the home cooked breakfasts, so we decided to expand our culinary skills and prepare luncheons and dinners for the kids on campus and continued to do so for years. We changed our name to "The Gourmet Club" and our group grew from 8 volunteers to around 20 and we are currently volunteering our time and dication as of today. What keeps us going is the appreciation from the kids and their smiles and thank you's. They tell us that it reminds them of their home meals and it makes them feel loved. It's all about the children.

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My time that is spent on campus volunteering my time with the kids and spending time with the other volunteers and help making a difference in the childrens's lives.

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So far the are doing everything that is necessary to help the community and care for these at risk children. They are on top of the intervention and prevention of offering their services for the mental health serives for these kids.

April 8, 2011

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April 8, 2011

I've been lucky enough to volunteer at a few different organizations on the west coast that help kids make it through tough transitions. LCC is top notch for the following reasons: they're flexible with the times, they're unflaggingly committed, and they're passion is uplifting. In a nut shell, they're had working AND fun to be around. I can't think of a better combination.

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Meeting the families who are educated on how to navigate a tough system and in joking around with the kids who keep their spirits up.

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

Build on the library.

April 8, 2011

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April 8, 2011

Lincoln Child Center (with locations and programs in Oakland, Hayward, and Concord, CA) is an amazing resource for families in the East Bay. I am most impressed by their dedicated staff. Whenever I get the change to speak to a Lincoln employee, I am moved by how deeply they care for the families they serve. They are never patronizing or overly judgmental, but instead act as partners to educate parents and care-givers to become the best possible family for the children in their lives. They are always evaluating where the need is and reaching far beyond the child or home to the school and community to effect real change. They are inspiring beyond words and I feel deeply honored to donate my time and money to assist them in their noble efforts.

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

I have seen how their mission has changed to adapt to community needs

Ways to make it better...

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

increase government funding to broaden their reach beyond the East Bay

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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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