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April 5, 2013

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November 5, 2012

I have served on the MACV board for 13 years. Thousands of veterans in Minnesota have been helped deals with homelessness or other crises. Whether it was covering the rent for a few months, providin... more

April 5, 2013

Despite a challenging financial environment, MACV continues assisting vets facing crises. If the vets is homeless, they provide both transitional and permanent housing; if the vet has a home but is at risk of losing it, they provide financial support and planning assistance to stabilize the situation; if the vet needs a job, they provide a program to ensure one is found; if counseling, legal advice, or medical help is needed, they direct the vet to those who can help. Hundreds of vets are helped this way each year in Minnesota resulting in them becoming independent and productive members of the community.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 5, 2012

I have served on the MACV board for 13 years. Thousands of veterans in Minnesota have been helped deals with homelessness or other crises. Whether it was covering the rent for a few months, providing housing and food as needed, job training, or other forms of aid, MACV was always there. If a service could better be provided elsewhere, MACV helps make the necessary connections. They have received awards as the best nonprofit helping vets in the country and from the governor for most effective use of grant dollars.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

I recently became a Board Member of MACV as I was impressed with the daily mission of supporting Veterans and their ongoing needs. I feel that everyday citizens of the United States such as myself are permanently indebted to the men and women who defend our country through the military. This organization and its management do a tremendous job serving Veterans in need.

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

incredibly passionate about their roles within the orginization and their desire to support the ongoing mission of MACV.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

I have been involved with MACV for over 10 years, both on a personal and profession basis. MACV is a unique organization, in that both, indivduals that are being helped and those helping-employed, are changed by the experience for the positive. I have witnessed numerous individuals that have had their lives profoundly impacted for the better by the programs and services that MACV offers to the veteran community it serves. In my professional interfacing with MACV, I see on a daily basis, how the individuals that work within MACV truly care about the veterans that they are helping, all the while performing their work with the utmost of professionalism, even under the emotional stress that comes with working with individuals in need, along with the continued stresses that come from being a non-profit always in need of more funding to allow for helping the continued increased number of veterans and their families in need of MACV services.

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

Allow for the start-up of a business that would provide a permanent employment and training program for the veterans it serves, allowing them to transition back into the workplace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

I have had the honor of volunteering with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans for the past 4 1/2 years. I provide backpacks filled with basic necessity items for MACV to distribute to veterans that they are working with. The level of passion and dedication that all of their employees have is completely beyond anything I have experienced at any other organization. They do everything they can possibly do to help the veteran get back on their feet. Part of their success comes from their ability to hold the veteran completely responsible for all of their actions and motivations, while at the same time, treating them with complete respect. This is an amazing organization that is actually out there everyday doing what we would all like to do - helping to create a world where the term "homeless veteran" no longer exists.

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

the total dedication that the employees have to this mission, and the ability to make a direct impact in a veteran's life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

As a member of the board of directors I am impressed on a daily basis by the commitment of the management and staff of MACV. They all embody a profound commitment to serving veterans. As a veteran myself it is very gratifying to know that there are people who value the contributions and sacrifices our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines make on behalf of our country. The MACV staff makes the effort to help all veterans in MN that are homeless, or in crisis of being homeless. The only thing that prevents them from helping all who seek their services is a shortage of funding. I serve on another non-profit board so I can compare MACV's performance and say that they truly are great stewards of the donations they receive, making sure that each and every dollar is maximized in serving veterans in need.

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

go a long way toward ending homelessness among MN veterans. MACV does not simply provide housing, MACV helps veterans address the underlying issues that result in their crisis, with the intent of turning them into productive and self sufficient citizens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 15, 2010

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March 15, 2010

I have worked for and with this organization on various levels: hands-on volunteer, military and family programs professional and as a board member. The organizaton is undeniablly necessary to help veterans of all ages get back on their feet when the need arises. I have personally seen the good that has been accomplished in offering help to homeless veterans and their families and veterans in need. In my professional life, I serve our veterans, military personnel and/or their families. There have been times I have sought help for funding, services and advice through MAC-V's staff. Their help has been invaluable. The hiring of previous clients to help other veterans should show us that the program works; and it works well.

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

Through my professional career I have experienced the hard work hard this organization does and how it succeeds in their efforts for our veterans. I have also talked with veterans who sing the praises of MAC-V.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help find more funding to provide more staff and services.

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

It's successes and willingness to hire previous clients.

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

Unbelieveable in the knowledge and energy working with and for our veterans.

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

Serve more veterans. There will always be a need.

Ways to make it better...

I'd have known about them sooner.

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

Funding.

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

Keep up the good work. Unfortunately, they will not work themselves out of a job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

This organization is superb at helping those veterans in need who wish to be helped. Not a hand out group but a dedicated staff with the tools and desire to make a difference one veteran at a time. With offices throughout Minnesota they can quickly respond with needed interim assistance as well as long term support like permanent housing and case management. I could not be prouder to be associated with this group of professionals.

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

watching the people that are served.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide a dedicated funding stream.

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

making a real difference one person at a time.

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

professional and dedicated beyond expectations.

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

Help the thousand or so Homeless Veterans on any given day in Minnesota

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to help.

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

Funding and resources to continue the mission.

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

This is one organization that everyone can get behind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

As a retired Naval EOD officer and a member of this organizations Board of Directors for four years, I can't begin to tell you the many veterans' lives this organization as literally saved.

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

by witnesing many veterans whose lives ahve been changed by being given a chance to build themselves back into independance. This organization has provided jobs, housing, legal assistance, medical care, drug abuse counseling, and just one-time financial

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

its commitment and dedication to those who have served our nation! There is a passion that is tangible and contagious with this organization. It is real. It is a bedrock for many who have lost hope.

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

Incredible!

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

solve homelessness for MInnesota veterans who are currently in crisis!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

I have been on the board for MACV for over ten years, the last seven as Treasurer. During that time I have seen thousands of veterans assisted with financial, housing, vocational, and counseling support when they desperately needed it. I have spoken with hundreds of them and heard stories of lives being saved, individuals self-worth being restored, and of veterans again becoming productive members of society. In performing this important mission, MACV has established systems to ensure accountabilly and that all funds are most effectively used. They have been designated the primary organization to address veterans homelessness in the state by the Minn Dept of Veteran Affairs. The Governor has recognized them by including them in him budget initiatives. The US Dept of Veterans Administration recently awarded them the honor of being the best nonprofit working with homeless vets in the country. Countless audits by donoors and CPAs have verified the integrity of their financial systems. It is a privilege and honor to be on the MACV board.

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

talking to a vet in the program who oadmitted he had been homeless and suicidal. He related how MACV had approached him, got him into a structured environment, made him responsiblle for his outcomes, found him a job, and got him back on his feet.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to reduce reliance on the outside consultant that performs the accounting function.

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

the enthusiam of all the staff, from the executive director to each case manager. They are pasionate about the work they do.

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

dedicated, professional, knowledgeable.

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

establish outreach personnel throughout the state so more vets would know about he resources and opportunities available to them..

Ways to make it better...

MACV had been more successful inn raising nongovernment funds. I have participated in many different attempts to raised donations (golf tournaments, bass fishing contest, silent auctions, etc) that required a lot of work and had poor results.

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

maintaining government funding and growing private donations. The need will always exceed the resources.

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

is that our country has the moral obligation to help vets in time of crisis. MACV has proven they are very effective at doing so.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I have worked with MACV since 2003. I have seen amazing work from this organization for veterans. As a General Manager for radio stations working with many organizations of many varieties, MACV stands alone in my opinion for the work it does to help veterans when the need it most.

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

Serve more veterans in need and could provide protection for those that are falling into an area of need but not yet homeless. In the end, this could save not only money, but families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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