MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI CENTER

Rating: 4.5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Health, International, Religion

Location: PO Box 613 San Ramon CA 94583 USA

Mission: Vision Statement Service to the poor is our duty to God. Mata Amritanandamayi Mission Statement The Mission of the Mata Amritanandamayi Center is to embrace the teachings of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) through spiritual practices and selfless service, compassion, humility, and love for all. M.A. Center nurtures the spiritual growth of devotees and seekers; provides support to Amma's charitable projects; functions as a focal point for devotees to serve selflessly; and maintains a cohesive network of Amma's satsang groups in the United States.
Programs: Projects in the U.S. Mother's Kitchen, includes feeding the homeless in more than fifteen centers throughout the U.S."Hurricane Katrina" New York Relief fund. For the victims of the Sep 11th tragedy. The agency TEPEYAC works with immigrants has been identified and we will be working with them. Projects in India. The projects in India include a specialty hospital where poor patients are treated free of charge,at least 12 Open heart surgeries are performed each day out of which 5 are absolutely free of charge, Orphanages, schools and special schools for the tribal children, monthly pension for widows, free computer education to poor students, Gujarat Earthquake relief, three villages have been adopted and the construction in these villages have been going for the past several months, Hospice, Feeding the poor and homeless all over India, 25,000 houses for the poor and the homeless out of which 15,000 has already been built and so many other projects.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Mata Amritanadamayi Charities has negligible overhead as it is completely run by volunteers. The charity lead by Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), has served so many needy all over the world. Amma extends her helping hand to people who faced natural disasters and built houses for the Tsunami victims in India and Sri Lanka. Her Oragianiztion was there in Haiti.

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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3 people found this review helpful

Mata Amritanandmayi Center has one of the lowest overheads of any organization I have ever donated to. It is so nice to see my donations actually going to the poor and needy and not to administrators and other hired employees. This is because MA Center and MAM, the sister organization in India, to which it contributes, are run, managed and worked entirely by volunteers.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I met Amma about 20 years ago and since then has been amazed at her creativity and leadership in finding ways to help people all around the world in hundreds of different ways. She has programs for feeding the hungry, empowering women to be independent by learning skills such as sewing clothes, providing really poor women with small pensions which is the only way they get some cash to meet their own small needs, building homes for the homeless, offering micro finance to small communities, envrionmental awareness and programs to plant trees, running orphanages, encouraging educated/professional folks to help people who have needs of all variety with programs in the U.S and around the globe.

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

seeing how people who engage with the M.A. Center start making positive changes to their lives and become volunteers with the organization and in their own community.

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

being with the children who are in the children's program. It has been a great opportunity to see them learn from the program and the activities and I have learned a great deal from them too.

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

very committed to what they were engaged in and were very open and kind. All the work that M.A. Center does is done by volunteers. The money spent is multiplied many times by the free effort of the thousands of volunteers, which is unique to M.A. Center

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

expand the programs to address lot more needs in the world. The M.A. Center was planning to help children on prostitutes in South Asia. They also help farmers who are committing suicide because they are unable to pay loans to banks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

amma's network is so vast that it is difficult to choose one area to write about. most volunteers are active in many areas. but one of my most rewarding experiences was on my first trip to amma's ashram in india right after the tsunami. hundreds of houses around the ashram were destroyed, so the ashram was rebuilding. along with hundreds of brahmacaris (monks) dozens of western volunteers carried bricks, sand and rock to all the building sites that were far from the roads where the trucks unloaded the materials. no one is ever paid and every penny of donations goes directly to the cause. inspiring.

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

the sheer volume of projects. all completed swiftly and with 0 volunteer effort...

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

i wouldn't begin to fool myself that i could accomplish what this saint in the form of amma has accomplished.

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

the inspiration of amma, who serves tirelessly and makes others want to serve as well...

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

all ages, all nationalities, all religions. the most diverse yet organized group of inspired volunteers i've ever encountered.

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

only add to it's effectiveness.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't have been better. it has defined and directed my life's path...

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

the state of the planet and needs of the poorest people inhabiting it.

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

you have to see it to believe it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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