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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

I volunteered at the past two "Walk for Warmth" events put on by OLHSA. Every employee of the organization was very passionate about the work they were performing and had many stories to share about the people they help on a daily basis. The passion of the employees of this organization is far above from what I have seen and experienced with other non-profit agencies.

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I have met and known people that have received assistance from OLHSA and it has had a tremendous and positive impact on their lives and the lives of their families.

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Provide them more funds and resources to be able to help more families in our local community!

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I am on the board for the OLHSA Walk for Warmth project. I am amazed at the efforts put forth by so many to raise money to heat the homes of those in need. Corporations, small businesses, and individuals team up together to raise thousands of dollars for the cause. This year the demand is greater than ever and contributions are much harder to get. Through the efforts of so many who believe in the charitable work done by OLHSA, they've been very successful in meeting all of their goals.
The day of " The Walk" held in February each year is truly enjoyable, It is usually attended by 700 or more and it is a real fun day while raising contributions for home heating costs.
The sale of the little stuffed animals like bears or the current penguins has always increased donations. They've become a dated collectors item and this sale starts months before the actual day of the walk.
OLHSA always makes their volunteers feel special for every effort they make on their behalf. They are always thanking everyone for whatever help they give. They always make you feel very wanted and needed. People with delinquent heating bills are not the only project being done at OLHSA. This is only one out of 90 Projects!

Great group, well run, great leadership and very succesful.


Sincerely,



SM

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

Volunteering and raising donations for the Walk For Warmth.

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Would'nt change a thing

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

I have been a volunteer for Gleaners Commuinty Food bank for years. As the needs of Livinsgston County have increased there is need to be effective in the delivery of services. With OLHSA's coordination of services with Gleaners, both againcies have been more efficient and effective.

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Efficient delivery of services

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None

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

I've particated in Walk for Warmth for the last two years. It is a neat way to get personal exercise while helping those in need. I cannot imagine trying to get through a winter like we've been having without adequate heat or being under the threat of having your utilities turned off.

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participating in the Walk for Warmth by making a personal contribution to assist them in carrying out their mission of service to the poor.

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very severely limit the time spent with political presentations during the opening ceremony at the Walk for Warmth! We really don't care about hearing the politicians beat their own drums. We just want to get walking, the purpose for which we came!

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

My daughter is a single mother of three and OLHSA hepled her with her weatherization. Without their help she would not be able to afford her heat ing bills. They came out to house and walked her through the process, hired the contractors and completed the work in a timely mannor.

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See above

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none

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

It has been a pleasure and privilege partnering with everyone at OLHSA to fulfill the wishes of the children in the Optimists' Holiday Wish program. They do remarkable work.

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providing presents for the children at Christmas.

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No changes.

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Working with OLHSA was an an amazing experience. I volunteered this past December for the children's holiday wish program. Everything was well organized and it felt great to be around so much positivity. Everyone wanted to help low-income children have an amazing Christmas. I love that the program allows the child to make their own wish list so they get what they want for Christmas. The world needs more organizations like OLHSA!

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the Children's Holiday Wish program.

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I would make the name more direct and link it to other organizations in the area so that the company can reach more people and be more well known.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

While I have not had an oppotunity to be a recipient of OLSHA services, I participated in the walked for warmth this past Saturday in Hartland. I think helping families in need is important especially during a down economy.

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I donated and walked during Walked for Warmth on February 12, 2011.

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Not sure.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

The efforts made by OLHSA help the counties of Livingston and Oakland counties in a number of ways. Their Walk for Warmth program has helped many families in need for the last 25 years. No matter what the economic climate, OLHSA provides those who qualify with the means to pay home heating and energy bills. This program is only one of the many ways this organization contributes to the community. Their endevors to feed and house those who have fallen on hard times is a bedrock in our county. Thier participation in programs that provide home improvements and home weatherization have helped clients to save money and live in a safer, healthier environment. OLHSA's dedication to those who have fallen threw the cracks, makes me a proud volunteer for this organization

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Data entry for those helped by OLHSA. Phone work and fileing for the OLHSA clients.

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Given the economic environment our State/Country is experiencing, I believe that OLHSA is doing the best it can with its limited resources.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I am a member of the BH Optimist Club. We've partnered with OLHSA for years in so many ways that make a huge difference for the youth of our community. And OLHSA has so many more programs that support the community at large and the youth of the community that we do not partner on. I've been so impressed with the breadth, scope and depth of what they do. From low income home heating help to Home winterization programs, the excellent alternative school they run, along with thier pre-school that gives hundreds of toddlers a head start... it goes on and on. They have my full support and endorsement.

Blessings,

Jeff Duperon

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Holiday Wish; Head Start; Alternative Elementary, Secondary, and High School; Weatherization Program (participant as landlord); Walk for Warmth for Home heating support (sponser and walker), and more....

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

Expand it. They are great adminisrators of community support programs. Add an Entreneurial program.

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