NOROTON HEIGHTS DEPOT INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: PO Box 2381 Darien CT 06820 USA

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2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

When I was in high school, the Noroton Heights Depot provided my friends and I with, not only a safe place to hang out, but also a place where our local bands could play. Being a musician, it was always important to get as much exposure as possible! The events and volunteer work were perhaps some of the most fun times of my high school career. This place deserves as much support as it gave to me and my classmates!!!!

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

the charity events that were organized. It was through the depot that we could hold band nights so that we could raise money for breast cancer, toys for tots, etc...

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

Nothing!

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

having some place that could help make something happen, instead of just talking about it!

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

Most of the volunteers were alumni or current students from Darien High School so we all pretty much knew each other and got along fairly well because we knew the things we were doing were more important than drama.

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

seriously make a difference in our town. Since Darien is not the most exciting place in the U.S., adolescence tend to go for the quick thrills of substance abuse. If the depot had more exciting band nights, games,and events,a lot more kids would b there

Ways to make it better...

My experiences were the best here, no lies!

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

Raising enough money for our specific cause!

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

The Depot and the staff, especially Janice, are the parents of Darien kids when they have nowhere else to go. They are always there when you need them! They deserve the best they can get!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved w/The Depot for over 10 years now. Both my children hung out there and were fortunate enough that we lived close and they were able to walk. I have served on different committees during my time on the board and continue to support The Depot. Great staff!

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

many ways. From a safe, substance free community center for my kids to "Mom & Pop Shop" for myself and my husband.

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

Get Janice a bigger office and more computers for the kids.

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

Meeting caring, friendly people and dedicated students.

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

AWESOME! Responsible, compassionate and fun. Always available to listen. Volunteers are extremely dedicated.

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

Build on to the original building, creating much needed room; stay constant w/the new games, etc. that come out.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give

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

Much needed repairs; not enough funding necessary to provide more staff, enabling The Depot to offer afterschool programs and to open additional weekend hours.

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

Please email this site to everyone you know, maybe it will help them to receive much needed donations!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with Janice and some of her staff at the Depot over the past several years. With everything they do they show that they care about the kids that walk through the door each and every day. This alone makes a huge difference in the lives of the young adults (whether they know it or not). Thank you Janice and The Depot for providing such a wonderful service to the youth of Darien!

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

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

Working with Janice and her staff. They truly care about the kids are are always there to listen and guide them.

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

Wonderful. Janice and her staff are an asset to the Town of Darien.

Ways to make it better...

There were 2 Janices.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I served on the Depot board for a few years and found the Depot to be the fun safe place for Darien High School students. The students get to do the most off the wall fun stuff there---jello wrestling, mechanical bull riding---(I wish I had things like that available when I was in school!) It really gives kids a healthy safe place to "hang out" and relax and be teens.

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

Great car wash--good job!

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

Their willingness to think and do different things.

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

Janice and all of her staff really love the kids and want them to have safe fun.

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

Provide services to more kids. Expand that number of computers there for kids to work on, and do more educational things for the students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Depot and it's staff serve a huge cross section of the teen population in Darien. From social events to social services, The Depot is an integral part of the healthy development of our teens. The collaboration between the students at The Depot and many other town organizations to create the "Click It or Zip It" public service video against destructive behavior is just one of many examples of how Depot kids are helping other kids in Darien.

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

The personal interest The Depot's program director takes in each and every student. She is an outstanding adult role model for Darien teens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The Depot is a wonderful teen center serving students in Darien, CT. It is a terrific facility and the director, Janice Marzano is the best of the best! She is invaluable to the Depot and to the town of Darien. When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 1/07, Jamice and all of the kids and families of the Depot rallied and showed support in ways I never thought possible. It's a great place. Long live the Depot!

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

when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

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

amazing. Janice Marzano is now a lifelong friend. She is there for all of the kids when they need her. (Me, too)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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