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September 16, 2008

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September 16, 2008

Light Lights not only changes the lives of the children and youths, but also the lives of those who get involved. I can say this because my life has been completely changed because of Little Lights. I was a sophmore in high school when I first volunteered at Little Lights. It was then that I learned what it meant to be sacrificial, selfless for others, putting aside differences for a greater good. The lessons that I learned at Little Lights continue to affect me even now when I am working at my professional job. One of my fondest memories I have of Little Lights was during the bonfire at Camp Hope. I was holding onto a little girl as she slept. She looked so peaceful and unafraid. It was such a rewarding feeling to know that for one moment in her life, I was able to protect her from the horrors and hardships that come from the inner city. For that one moment in time, I was able to give this little girl a sense of comfort, peace, and protection. When I need to be reminded of what real living means, I go visit Little Lights and I am refreshed.

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

the relationships you build with the kids as well as the staff

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

September 15, 2008

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September 15, 2008

I am a pastor at a church located in Northern Virginia (Korean Central Presbyterian Church) and our congregation has been partnering with Little Lights for the last 5 years. We have helped in the areas of providing volunteers, donations, and the use of KCPC’s facilities. Throughout the past 5 years I have seen Little Lights Urban Ministry grow with and serve the community at the Potomac Gardens Housing Community in extraordinary ways. Our church has joined Little Lights in building relationships with their staff and youth in many different events and programs including tutoring programs (Math Heroes, Reading Heroes, Homework Club), mentoring programs (Boys Night, Girls Night, Youth Group, Camp Heaven), inner city camps to serve community (Urban Hands), etc. In each of these instances KCPC has seen the integral role Little Lights Urban Ministries has had in affecting Washington, D.C. and its surrounding communities in a positive manner. As an organization, Little Lights creates a unique combination of serving people who are in need within their community while also providing opportunities, education, and awareness for people in surrounding areas to get involved in helping to build a positive future for the community in SE Washington, D.C. Because of the positive experience we've had with Little Lights, the Korean Central Presbyterian Church is committed to our partnership with Little Lights Urban Ministry and will continue to partner with and support them in their service to the community for years to come. KCPC unreservedly encourages any other individuals or organizations that have the resources, desire, and ability to serve the youth in SE DC to consider partnering with and supporting Little Lights in their efforts to coordinate aid and development for at risk youth in the community.

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

the positive influence they're had on individual youth and the community in SE DC as well as the individuals and organizations that have partnered with them in their work with the community.

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

do what they're doing but try to get a bigger building-- amazing staff but unfortunately they've outgrown their facility.

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

the people truly care about the community they serve and genuine relationships are being made.

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

diverse, positive, easy to work with, and genuine.

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

truly affect not only the community in SE DC but also the network of people and organizations that get involved in the Maryland, Virginia, DC area.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend in getting involved at Little Lights.

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

the pressures and affects that stem from the gentrification of the area.

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

supporting Little Lights through finances, volunteers, or in any other way would be a worthy endeavor.

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Korean Central Presbyterian Church

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 15, 2008

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September 15, 2008

I am constantly amazed at the passion possessed by all those involved in Little Lights. It has been such a blessing to be able to work with everyone here. I see how much they do for the children and families of Potomac Gardens. There is so much love poured into this organization constantly.

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

the children's improved school work.

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

being able to work with a cause that I deeply believe in.

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

always excited to be here and ready to love the kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

I have been following this non-profit for about a year and I can see that they are making a big difference in the community!

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

the lives of children.

Ways to make it better...

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

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Ways to make it better...

more people knew about the organization.

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Cross Culture on Campus

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

Little Lights is a great place that helps everyone become a better person. Whether they are the staff, a volunteer, or the children that they serve, I think everyone comes away with a greater understanding of joy and patience. Children and staff or volunteers learn these things from each other as they work towards the same goals. It's great to see that what is expected of the children is expected of and modeled by the adults that work there.

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

my ability to be myself because it is a safe environment. It not only strives to be a safe and encouraging place for the children to come to, but it also strives to do that for whomever comes through their doors.

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

encouraging. They really care about what they're doing.

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

find better facilities for the children to use, find more space for organizing supplies, provide higher quality enrichment activities, hire more people to work on a consistent basis.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

Little Lights empowers inner city children to set goals and reach them, because each child is loved and accepted by members of a faith-based community. I was a summer camp counselor with Little Lights, and the experience was unforgettable. Each one of the girls I spent the summer with proved to me that relationships make the real difference in people's lives. They taught me how to love, how to be myself, and most importantly, how to forgive others as well as myself. Little Lights gave me the chance to discover myself through the eyes of children, and I will always be grateful to them for that.

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

my own life as well as the lives of the children. We were all changed for the better as we learned about our own strengths, weaknesses, and how to trust each other.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

Little Lights is amazing! The work that they bring to the kids and community around them. It's helped me to grow in different ways. I love the staff and working with the kids and I've just been amazed at how much staff/volunteers invest time and energy to help the kids at Potomac Gardens.

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

growth with number of kids and volunteers.

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

the kids and staff. They're great and put their heart and energy into fulfilling the mission.

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

great! Each person is so dedicated to Little Lights.

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

move to a bigger location, buy new vans, upgrade all the computers, be able to give kids new school supplies and backpacks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 14, 2008

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September 14, 2008

Little Lights Urban Ministries is a remarkable organization for both its size and age. As a relatively new organization (they celebrated their 10th year in 2005), they are impressive in both their scope of programs and passion for the kids who reside in Potomac Gardens and beyond. Their staff and volunteers are transparent in their love for the kids and the work that they do. Of course, loving these kids and investing so much time and emotion into the work and programs that Little Lights runs is not always easy, but each smile, hug, and token of love from the kids makes everything worth it. The programs at Little Lights range from academic to spiritual, and also include mentoring, field trips and special outings throughout the year. But Little Lights does much more than just provide programs. They are purposeful in creating a safe and loving environment where these at-risk youth can simply be kids; it’s a place where they can laugh, play, learn, discover, be curious and make mistakes. The kids are encouraged, challenged, and pushed to go beyond what society believes are their “boundaries”, with loving staff assisting every step of the way. I first became involved with Little Lights last year when I volunteered to be a summer counselor for their 7-week summer camp, Camp Heaven. My time in D.C. was one of challenges and growth; but beyond that, I learned and saw first hand the potential of what one life could amount to. I learned that I could really make a difference in this world simply by joining Little Lights in their commitment to love these kids. The summer taught me what it meant to live and love fully. I can say without a doubt that Little Lights has made an impact in many of Potomac Garden’s children’s’ lives, and in turn, they have impacted all of the staff, volunteers, and visitors’ lives as well. If a mark of an organization that truly engages the community is one that would be missed if they were to leave, than Little Lights would be one, as they would surely be missed.

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

the lives of the children they serve. The kids can come into programs with a frown on their face, and leave with a big smile. On a larger scale, it's amazing to see kids who are involved in Little Lights make positive life decisions and really reach for their full potential.

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

loving, passionate, and friendly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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