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May 13, 2011

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May 13, 2011

I completed my junior internship with Cribs for Kids during the spring semester. From my first to last day at MCC I felt as though I was truly welcome. Everyone was very pleasant and respectful of each other, which made for a very amiable environment to work in. I do not believe that I have ever witnessed a group of individuals collaborate so well together, as I did while interning with the Cribs for Kids team. Everyone was truly dedicated and passionate about their job, and worked on one accord in an effort to implement the mission of the organization. I was presented with opportunities which allowed me to become knowledgeable and develop skills related to my future profession in public health, rather than being given tedious task with no room to grow. Overall I believe completing this internship with Cribs for Kids was a very positive experience. and if I had the opportunity to work with this team again I would.

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the professional skills I've gained and the personal growth I've witnessed from working with diverse underserved communities.

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August 22, 2010

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August 22, 2010

As anyone viewing this site knows, there are an overwhelming number of nonprofit organizations out there and it can be difficult to distinguish the really great ones from all the rest. MCC is truly one of the great ones. Over the two years I worked at MCC as assistant to the Executive Director, MCC served and empowered thousands of women and their families in the greater Philadelphia area. I think one of the greatest testaments to MCC's success is the number of clients who have gone on to become MCC staff members. This shows just how much MCC made a difference in their lives. At every level of the organization, the MCC staff goes above and beyond the call of duty. I feel lucky to have been a part of the MCC community at a critical point in my own life.

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

innumerable ways...from assisting in MCC programs and events on an everyday basis to helping the senior staff take stock of the organization's accomplishments on a periodic basis.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010

All in all, this is a great organization. I was most impressed by MCC's efficiency through the strategic break down of jobs, whether administrative or programmatic. At a time when most organizations are cutting back, MCC continues to expand both in staff, sites, and the number of families who benefit from their work. I've seen first hand the diverse communities that MCC serves, whether incarcerated women in Riverside Correctional Facility, new immigrant families, and many others in need. In all nine sites, MCC works in solidarity with women in the Greater Philadelphia area, helping them to raise healthier, stronger families and simultaneously to improve their own lives. There is a reason MCC has continued to grow for the past 30 years and I am glad I have had the opportunity to be part of their work.

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

seeing proactive families protect their infants from SIDS by receiving cribs and safe sleep education through MCC's Cribs for Kids program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 17, 2010

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August 17, 2010

I was a student intern with Cribs for Kids for a little over 3mths. I got to experience a lot of different things being there. I got to experience everything I was told beforehand plus more. The staff here is really great, and they all seem very friendly. I was given the opportunity to be myself, and learn different things at my own pace. I met some great people along the way, and I do not regret spending my time here one bit. I was able to overcome my fear of public speaking, and to interact with people of various demographics. I would recommend MCC, with its many departments and opportunities, to any one who has any interest in child and maternal health/education and who wants to work in a positive environment.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

As an new intern, C4K welcomed me into their family with big open arms. The advocates and other interns were very helpful and supportive in explaining how the organization ran and what the procedure was. This internship also gave me the opportunity to see different parts of Philadelphia as well as meet individuals from very diverse backgrounds. It also made me realize what issues harbor within the city such as unemployment, a healthy eating diet, a safe place to sleep and live. All in all it was a very well-rounded experience for me. I would definitely recommend anyone to volunteer there or do their internship there...very worthwhile experience.

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

a positive and eye opening manner. Through the knowledge and skills I was taught I expanded my understanding on how these moms-to-be took care of their newborns and what struggles they are facing in order to survive.

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

the thorough training that was provided and the fact that the organization is a big supporter of higher education and moving up on the ladder.

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

funny, supportive and very helpful. They made us part of the family.

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

reach a lot of clients who are in need of a crib and the organization could possibly relocate to a bigger office with faster computers and professional head-sets and more phone lines.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 12, 2010

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July 12, 2010

When I first heard about the Maternity Care Coalition through my internship class at Temple University. Reading literature about the organization and all the great works that they do for pregnant women and their babies made me realize that MCC was the place for me! All their programs(Early Head Start, Momobile, Cribs for Kids, etc) are great and they are livin changin to some of the clients. The staff are generously people and they really take pride in their work. I loved my time at the Maternity Care Coalition and I would recommend this organization to anyone. Thank you MCC for the experience and the opportunity!

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

with young pregnant women and in need of support, resources and education about keeping their baby safe!

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 5, 2010

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February 5, 2010

I initially heard about Maternity Care Coalition through an internship program at my university in Philadelphia. The motivating goals and purposes of MCC aligned with my interests in maternal health and public health, and I jumped at the chance to work in an organization where I could learn about issues that matter to me through (1) direct service, (2) research, and (3) policy. Last summer, I worked at Maternity Care Coalition's North Central site, where I had a client caseload and performed the role of a "Momobile Advocate." I provided education, referrals (including everything from material support with iterms such as cribs (our Cribs for Kids program receives a lot of referrals!) as well as emotional support and counseling services). I once heard someone describe the role of Momobile Advocate as "part cheerleader, part coach, part social worker." My training for this role was definitely on-the-job; though I did not feel prepared the first couple of times I went on home visits, the staff at North Central were always there for me and provided constructive feedback. I learned a lot from not only MCC's staff, but also from the clients I was privileged to meet. When the school year started in the fall of 2009, I transitioned from my work in the small North Central MCC office to MCC's central, mostly administrative office in Center City Philadelphia. There is certainly a different office dynamic here, given that it is far larger than North Central and houses so many departments. Though I have been working less hours (since I have to balance the internship with classes and homework and all the chaos that the school year brings!) and have not had ample time to invest in the community here at the central office, I have been able to witness the different organs of MCC at work. The research, policy departments as well as the Cribs for Kids and Perinatal Emotional Support programs are housed here in the Center City office, and though I have mainly been working with the research department and Cribs for Kids, it has been valuable to talk to staff who work in all of these departments. My work with MCC has given me a glimpse into the frustrations (and joys) that low-income mothers in Philadelphia face, into the life of an established, well-oiled nonprofit, as well as perspective on what has been done and what needs to be done for the welfare of mothers across Philadelphia. It has also widened my career prospects. Though I (as typical of college students) came into my undergraduate education as a committed pre-med, experiences at MCC have broadened the careers that I can envision for my future. The range of backgrounds, expertise, strengths, and interests represented in this organization have been a constant well for me to draw from. MCC has played the wonderful role in my life of confirming my interest in women's health; it has also confirmed that there are so many avenues and tools that can be used to advocate for and contribute to women's health. Though I have no solid answer on what tool I wish to pursue (whether it is medicine, midwifery, nursing, public health, academic research, political advocacy, social work, counseling, community organizing, or a delightful combination of many of these things...!), I am glad to be in the position of making an informed decision on my future (with the perspective that Maternity Care Coalition has provided me).

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

friendly, committed, concerned, knowledgeable.

Ways to make it better...

I had more training before I embarked on home visiting and social support services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

The message line, "Strengthening Families One Baby at a Time," is more than a description of Maternity Care Coalition -- it represents the life of the organziation. Never has an organization cared so much, supported so well, and acted so responsibly (fiscally, socially, and economically) in its mission to positively impact the health of babies and families. As a former board leader and long-time volunteer, it has been a pleasure working with a nonprofit that lives its words!

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

assure that the Philadelphia region's infant mortality was improved, all women got the best pre-natal care, and families had the necessary supports to care for their babies and families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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