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August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

Ten years ago I was invited to a style show luncheon and was not only fed and entertained, but also surprised to find a whole new purpose for my own life. As a business woman of more than 30 years I was looking for a way to give back to my community. I was touched by the stories of the women whose lives were changed 180 degrees by the New Directions Career Center. They were women from all walks of life, brought together in a common quest to better themselves. The Center is unique not only because of it's amazing success rate in helping women attain their goals, but also for its certified counselors and highly trained staff. These are people who really care about each person who enrolls in our programs. I started on the Woman of Promise Committee, of which I am still a member. The Woman of Promise event each year honors a graduate who has accomplished her goals and who has truly changed her life. The heart warming story of our honoree is the focal point of a gala fundraising event that produces nearly a quarter of our budget each year in April. Just come once and you will be hooked for life. You will be inspired as you hear how each of our graduates has conquered unfathomable odds to emerge the woman they are today. I know I will always be involved in some way with New Directions Career Center. So should you!

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

many ways. I know the staff personally and know their dedication level. The Board is enthusiastic and committed to the success of the organization. I've met many of our clients and know they value what they learned at the Center.

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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 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

I went through their program in '09 and because of their guidence I was encouraged to and am now attending college to obtain my nursing degree. Since my graduation from their program I have found the support from Cindy Kazalia to be constant and up-to-date. Thanks to all of you there at New Directions for helping define my goals and giving me the courage (at 52 years old!) to continue reaching my goals!

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

Through my own success

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 11, 2010

New Directions has a program which educates participates on career options. Part of the program is a session with a panel of employers. We discuss the types of jobs we offer and the opportunities in the market. We also provide tips for a professional job search. I have been volunteering since 2006. It has been a wonderful experience to share my insights with those that have a desire to learn. New Directions makes this exchange possible. Thank you!

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

hearing about the folks that participate in the program that secure a desired position and career. Several of the folks on the employer panel also went through workshops at New Directions.

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

fabulous! I interact most with Cynthia Kazalia. She keeps communication lines open. Volunteering is never a burden, but always a blessing when working with Cynthia!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

I learned about New Directions Career Center for Women (NDCC) in 2007, the most hellish year of my life. I was a college graduate but had dead-end jobs, a terrible marriage and no self-esteem. I'd heard about places like this on Oprah. I wrongly thought NDCC was a place for homeless minority women who were high school dropouts, not a place for a white, privileged and prideful college graduate. I couldn't have been more wrong. NDCC was the perfect place for me, and is the perfect place for all sorts of women in every station of life. New Directions was THE impetus for my incredible life transformation. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. Everything that I do today in my career and my relationships is a positive result of my association with NDCC. I even got the black suit that scored me my big break at NDCC's Clothing Closet. What a blessing. In the 4-week class (I was awarded a "scholarship" by NDCC which allowed me to attend - MANY thanks to donors like the United Way of Central Ohio) I learned how to dream again. NDCC is a safe place. The classes are small, and we are all equal. We are all broken. But we all come out of NDCC with more potential than we ever, ever could have imagined for ourselves. Since the New Directions class I took, I started out with small steps, but the biggest thing I adopted was a belief in myself. The invited speakers helped me get a job right away. From that job I eventually dreamed up a life in Hawaii a year later, and now I've been living, working and thriving here for 2 years. NDCC is what helped this ever be a possibility in my mind. NDCC - WOW - Honestly, I feel like I owe my life to them in so many ways. I was so, so broken when I went in. I am now divorced, beautiful, confident, competent in my field (I actually have a "field" now!) and love to inspire others the way NDCC did for me. If you can donate to NDCC, KNOW that they are doing exactly the kinds of things one hopes for non-profits: changing lives. REALLY changing lives. Thank you New Directions. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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

My career, my relationships, my potential.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

July 6, 2010

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July 6, 2010

I am a new volunteer for this program, but I am seeing wonderful support in this community for people involved in a job search and the need for "hands on help." Everyone is professional and dedicated to finding all avenues available for enrichment, guidance, and empowerment.

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

seeing the help given to all in this program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 17, 2010

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June 17, 2010

I started volunteering at New Directions Career Center in 2008. I immediately felt comfortable with the professional staff and the clients they serve. I help out with conducting mock interviews, and teaching classes on effective interviewing, resume writing and cover letters. The clients are always eager to learn and open to advice for their job searches and career advancement. I usually meet the clients after they have ompleted the program and find they are extremely well prepared to begin the next phase of their professional lives. It is exciting to see their enthusiasm and self confidence. As a former recruiter in the local Columbus market, I find that everyone is very professional and prepared for interviewing and securing a new opportunity. I look forward to my continued work with New Directions in the future.

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

I have experienced the results of this organization in seeing and hearing about the success stories from the staff that their clients have secured new careers.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 17, 2010

New Directions Career Center provides comprehensive career counseling to individuals, mainly women, and is staffed by licensed counselors who assist clients on an individual basis. The center offers several programs to individuals in transition, regardless of ability to pay, including an extensive 4-week program entitled New Directions. Since 2008, I have volunteered and, most recently completed an internship at the center. In leading/observing such classes as Communication & Assertiveness, Computer Basics, Goal Setting, Understanding Your Career Personality, Identifying Work Values and Networking and Informational Interviewing, I have observed many lives changed, barriers to employment successfully eliminated and economic independence achieved.

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

the classroom. The feedback and life changing reaction of the clients during specific class topics has been phenomenal.

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

working with both the caring staff and clients who are motivated and engaged to learn.

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

very professional, personable and extremely client-focused.

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

expand staff and programming further into Central Ohio.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010

I have been volunteering with NDCC since 2006. I teach different classes on such topics as: communication and assertiveness skills, networking, and informational interviewing. I also enjoy delivering the graduation speech. As a former graduate of a similar program, and someone who now works as a professional career coach, I have found these programs to provide invaluable training to the community. They help individuals to secure not just employment, but positions that will enable them to become economically self sufficient.

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

I volunteer at NDCC in part because I graduated from a similar program in another city. These programs allow people to take a moment for self reflection, and to become very clear about professional goals. They also give the tools needed to succeed.

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

their inclusiveness. This organization is very open to providing the best service to their clients.

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

exceptional. They are committed to helping individuals be successful.

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

create employment opportunities for their graduates by having their own business to employ everyone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 10, 2010

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June 10, 2010

I have been a volunteer with Center for New Directions for going on 5 years. My work with the organization is very meaningful. I teach a course on “Feeling Fear and Getting the Job Anyway”. I am always so grateful for the work that New Directions does. I wonder what the woman who participate in the programs would do without the Center to help send them on course. The women need so much and I do believe the Center for New Directions provides invaluable guidance and direction. I am always welcome as a volunteer by the staff and participants and all the details for my meetings are well planned and coordinated. This is simply a terrific organization whose mission I cherish for helping people who need so much. Please let me know how I could be of greater service. Merry P. Korn

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

I see how much the woman need this organization

Ways to make it better...

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

Like to have the time to be on the board and lead graduate program support groups

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

The immediate impact

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

They are lovely and gracious and always welcoming

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

Reach more and provide greater services

Ways to make it better...

I could track what happens when the women graduate

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

Money

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

I think this organization is fantastic

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 10, 2010

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June 10, 2010

I have been a guest speaker for this program since January 1999. As a professional speaker, I motivate and inspire the women to cope with change and deal with their adversities. I also encourage them to continue their education as they work towards their careers. The class sizes are small and the women seem to bond strongly in a short period of time together. Based on their interaction in class, they are supportive of one another and sympathetic to the problems of their classmates. Occasionally one of the women that was in my class will come up to me in the community and say hello. I am always pleased to know that their life situation is better than when I first met them in class. The people who ask me to speak to the classes are very professional. They are also protective of the privacy of each person in the class. During class discussions, the students share what they have focused on in the various class sessions and refer to their resources given to them in the class. They have a "can do" spirit and a sense that life will be easier in the days ahead. They have always spoken highly of this program and are grateful that they could be a part of it.

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

witnessing graduates of the class who are now successfully employed in the community and happy with their life.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the class size.

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

a sense when I leave the class that I have in some way encouraged, motivated or inspired a woman to take back her life.

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

very professional and interested in helping the women to succeed.

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

expand its programming and serve more women and expand to serving men. This organization needs a new and large facility and more staff if funding were available.

Ways to make it better...

there were more women in the class.

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

funding.

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

over the past eleven years that I have volunteered to be a guest speaker in class, I have always been respected and appreciated.

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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