Love in Abundance

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues:

Location: 5311 Yorkwood Houston TX 77016 USA

Mission: Love In Abundance works to help students heighten her value of self by increasing her Human Capital (Social, Symbolic, Economic, and Cultural Capitals)
Results: LIA has helped 47 students enter and remain in college. LIA has helped 17 parents enter college for 1st time. LIA is a nominating organization for the Posse Foundation. LIA's founder is the author of the College Must Begin in 8th Grade Literary Series, that will donate 40% to LIA from each project in the series.
Target demographics: Title One and Lower Performing Schools
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 100-150 students per year. LIA nominated our first Posse Foundation Scholar after having recently received the honor of being a nominating organization.
Geographic areas served: Houston and surrounding cities
Programs: College Must Begin in 8th Grade Life and Pre-College Preparatory Program
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Love in Abundance is an amazing organization for young women! Vickie does an excellent job of exposing these young ladies to a variety of areas to help prepare them for success in education and in life. She does a wonderful job of organizing activities to improve their self-confidence and boost their self-esteem. I was truly amazed by their talent during my time with them. I highly encourage that parents involve their young girls in her program!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite 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  

2 people found this review helpful

I am from Brasil and work with human people...I am a physician.In my Land is very difficult to do something for someone...but we need to understand the life trough the Gods Eye...we need to fell what a pearson fell when he need and have no way to receive simple things ,like food,like love.like a simple word to became his life better.Hungry need to go away from the life of all people in the world....and only with Love in our hearts we can do that.So...you...yes...you that has so much money ....please ...fell love in your heart ....spread this love and if you have money give a part o put end in hungry....is in your hands.Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado.Action Against hungry. rrmb534@yahoo.com.br-Brasil.

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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Thank you Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado, Please forgive my delay in responding, but I thought I'd responded previously. I am the one humbled by your willingness to take time from all that you do, that is far less easiest done than anything done through Love In Abundance. We pray your continued success for your endeavors. Thank you for all that you do! Vickie

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Its difficult to give short description of Love and Abundance because it is so needed in the community. I have known Vickie nearly three years and recently just understanding the asset young people have in the organization which provides needed direction. Coming from single parent background I have seen firsthand what bad choices lead to in the adolescent minority community. I have seen teens gravitate to her in gratitude publicly for time she takes with them. Nowadays children are not as easy to read but the thorough information I have seen children recieve clearly is utilized thus the response the teens have when they see her. Her work is truly invaluable if the less fortunate are really to have a chance of information access in the future.

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

At teen functions where Love in Abundance is presented the instant gratification parents and teens show for modules of learning patterns needed for college and other areas of growth is amazing to see.

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

Personally be more active assisting these teens in capacity within Love in Abundace outreach committee. Vickie has offered volunteer positions and I have yet to fully indulge the work with undivided attention. When I set aside more time I will recommend more teens to her program and not change one thing. Her program works fine without any retooling if anything she needs more help from young people like me for more teens to be reached.

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Help Vickie get more volunteers.

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

Better community relations skills.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like more must been done to reach out to less fortunate before we lose more good young people to bad decision.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I thank God for Love In Abundance and the opportunities afforded to young people because of its existence. We often give praise to those that have made above average grades and have been awarded academic scholarships because of it. But we just as often forget about that young girl who hasn't scored all A's and B's since her elementary days but yet and still aspires to achieve a better life than that of uneducated mother or father or older sister or brother; that young lady who seeks to not be a statistic as just another average high school graduate working that over-demanding job that pays less than it's worth. Love In Abundance is a company that considers that young woman's dreams of one day owning her very own company or working for a Fortune 500 Company and knows what it means to have a strong education backing her. I pray for nothing but success for Love In Abundance and Ms. Gunnells-Hodge! With her success will come the success of possibly thousands or even millions of other young people and will create and inspire an entire generation of greatness and potentially give way to innovation otherwise untapped.

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

Experiencing Ms.Gunnells-Hodge vision right alongside her.

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

I would enlarge it's budget and financial resources!

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Rating: 4 stars  

It is very apparent that their is a great disparity in the public educational institutions throughout the United States. Unfortunately our children are the ones who will suffer because of this. Many of these children will turn out to become problems within our communities rather than being productive members of our society. But because of organizations like Love In Abundance (LIA), many of these kids have opportunities that otherwise would not have been afforded them. LIA has a program that prepares Middle school children for college. This programs restores hope to some of our children who wanted to go to college, but did not think that it would be available for them. This program helps these kids to see that not only is college a possibility for them, but it is also an opportunity for them to fulfill their dreams and goals. Mrs. Gunnells-Hodge, thank you and LIA for providing hope and giving our children a more positive outlook on life.

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

The eyes of these children as the presentation is made unto them at the schools.

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

None

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I think they are doing a great job, therefore no changes are recommended.

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

Yes. Since I volunteered an saw what they did in Houston, I have moved to Florida and trying to get them to establish the program here.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It had been a long time since I had even been in a Middle school. To see the kids inquiring about the program spoke volume to me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

Love in Abundance is a great organization that really helps out kids in need. The children the organization works with are bright and talented and LIA nurtures them and gives them the tools they need to succeed. The College Must Begin in 8th Grade series is also a great tool to prepare kids for college, and getting them in the right mind frame educationally and mentally.

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

My volunteer work with the organization.

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

None it's great!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a firm believer in the fact that the internal culture of any organization is expressed outwardly in everything it does. With founder Vickie Gunnells-Hodge as the foundation of Love in Abundance (LIA), this organization reflects all that she believes in. Vickie's beliefs and words are put into action through services to children who are in families that are underprivileged or experiencing family separation or other issues.

LIA not only talks the talk, but walks the walk in helping the youth of our society to have equal opportunities in life, to be successful in college and in life. Vickie and LIA have been a blessing to many, and will continue to be an even bigger blessing to many more to come.

Geroya Z. Jarmon

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

seeing the affects that LIA has on its members and how they have learned to regard those around them. I have seen this organization teach its members to tap into their strengths and use those strengths to make them better people.

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

have it blessed with the resources needed to reach more young girls in order to make positive differences in their lives.

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