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April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

I have been a volunteer with various children's programs for NCJW/LA as well as having served on the Board. It's a phenomenal organization that - in short - fills in the gaps. It helps people, no matter who they are. It is there for people in a way that other organizations can not be. And, the people who are involved are so passionate and committed and are just really great people!

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

It's so easy to see the difference this organization makes in the lives of women, children & families. The children really depend on the volunteers -- particularly when it comes to homework help. It's very satisfying.

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

hope that more funding would be able to provide more great services!

April 12, 2011
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April 12, 2011
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Before I was asked to join the Board in 2008, I enjoyed volunteering at the annual Clothing Giveaway with my mother. We volunteer together at this event every year, and always come away with a great feeling of community, satisfaction and gratitude. While we serve our community at the event, we station ourselves at different tables, Mom usually at the Women's table and I usually at the Men's. After our shift is over, we share our experience over lunch at Canter's, where I learn of some of her brief, yet incredibly poignent and meaningful, encounters with women seeking clothing for work, for home, for chores and for school; and she learns of mine with the men. As we talk, our conversation is often peppered with tears, with great guffaws of joy, and sometimes with silence as we count our own blessings. In 2009, the line went around the block on Rosewood, and then around that block to Hayworth, and then down almost to Beverly Blvd.! The last clothing giveaway was in December 2010, and we were both SHOCKED to see the number of people lined up! I believe there were almost 6,000 people served that overcast December Sunday, and 92.3 FM sent dj's to play fabulous old school jams that kept our spirits up and our faces smiling with song!

The staff at NCJW/LA deserves mention, because they're not just "staff". They seem to live and breathe for the Organization, showing up to events in the evenings, weekends and on holidays! I am always amazed and envious of their seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm for their jobs and the people they serve!

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

A very unique way...as a Board Member, I am able to see how many people the Organization serves every month; I talk to many people at the Annual Clothing Giveaway and try to help with their immediate needs; I attend all sorts of functions that attract a variety of people from all walks of life brought together as one, interested in the topic being presented, the issue being debated, or the ideas being entertained.

Ways to make it better...

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

Simply enhance it with more and more programs designed to serve the underprivileged, the unheard, and the underserved in our 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

How did you learn about this organization?

An old school chum of my mother's was hired there about 10 years ago, or so. When my mother started volunteering at the Annual Clothing Giveaway, I joined her, the Organization, and then the Board!

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

NCJW/LA's top short-term priority is raising the community's awareness of the work NCJW/LA does, whether it is to increase membership and outreach to the community at large, to garner more financial support in the form of donations of quality goods to our Council House Thrift Shops, or to encourage people to shop at our Council House Thrift Shops.

What is its top priority in the long run?

NCJW/LA's top priority in the long run is to continue providing the amazing programs it already has in place and to expand on those programs, adding new services, more staff, and even more programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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