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February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

I have been with Oasis Compassion Agency for a few months. I volunteer in the Pantry during the week. I get so much joy from disbursing food to clients and praying with them and sharing words of encouragement, God, love and showing kindness. Oasis is such a rewarding place to volunteer.

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

Everyone I have met at Oasis is amazing. The staff and volunteers are kind and giving. I am blessed to know them all.

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

Feed most of all the hungry and needy people, help get jobs, careers, training, job and emotional counseling, expand to have a spiritual ministry, offer healthier organic foods and on and on.

Ways to make it better...

If Oasis were open more hours or more days to help more people that would be great. Also if funding were increased, the needs are huge and more funding is needed to help all those in need so that no one is turned away.

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

Lack of funding and not enough sponsors.

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

Their help to the community is obvious by the comments I hear and in the faces I see day after day, week after week.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 27, 2010

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January 27, 2010

I first started volunteering at Oasis Compassion Agency about a couple years ago when my college advisors recommended that I do some volunteer work because "it looks good on a resume". I chose Oasis solely because it was located 2 minutes away from my home and they were open on Saturdays. Thinking about it now, it's actually kind of interesting how my self-interest controlled my decisions for a place to volunteer, everything needed to be perfectly convenient for me. And this is the exact opposite of what volunteering is all about. When I accrued sufficient hours of volunteer work, I could have stopped, but there was something about Oasis that kept drawing me in to its doors. And of course, if I couldn't give my time, I would try my best to make a donation of some sort to help out the agency. I actually figured out what kept me coming back to Oasis. When the clients walked in to the food pantry to collect their bread and pastries, and community food, they expressed the purest form of content and gratitude that you rarely see in society anymore. They kept thanking me as if I was the CEO, when I was just the distributor, the middleman. My greatest experience is with the kids. I love giving them candy, snacks, juice, or anything else we had in the pantry for them because they're so innocent and sweet, and it breaks my heart to know that their parents can't afford a basic necessity like food, which some of us, including me, take for granted sometimes. Oasis Compassion Agency has helped me grow in so many ways. This is so remarkable because even though it is designed to assist clients in need, I was also someone in need who didn't know it, and who didn't enter Oasis for help. I didn't need food, clothing, or career counseling, but I needed a perspective to really become aware of what is going on this world and empathize with others, to love one another and treat one another as if we were brothers and sisters. It was then that I decided to understand the purpose of Oasis. Oasis is built upon Biblical principles, and is focused on assisting the homeless/needy/unemployed to get back on their feet. What's great about this program is that it "teaches a man to fish instead of giving him a fish". Oasis accomplishes this by offering computer classes and workshops to train clients to become better job applicants. In addition, the thrift store is stocked with formal attire for the clients to wear on their interviews. Clients who enroll in these courses are then eligible to receive community food for a period of 6 months. As a result, Oasis attempts to transform these clients by providing them with the tools they need to succeed and boosting their confidence and self-esteem. The program is definitely a success because the Oasis Job Counselor helped placed over 20 clients in jobs last year, and the numbers continue to rise despite the economic downturn. Amazing! It is such a privilege to be part of the Oasis team because of their loving staff, volunteers, and clients who work together for enrichment and positive growth.

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

advertise more to schools for food drives.

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

Oasis welcomes everyone.

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

the type of people I could be surrounded by all the time. These people have genuine hearts.

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

effectively open more doors to distribute food to many locations to people who need it. Keeping in line with its mission, it would also purchase the computers and training equipment/staff to help clients get back on their feet.

Ways to make it better...

I committed more time to it.

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

continuing to have sufficient resources to match the growing number of clients that walk through the doors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 24, 2010

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January 24, 2010

I am a member of the advisory board and a floating volunteer for the Oasis Compasssion Agency. I volunteer my time, talent and resources to Oasis because it is a lifeline for hurting people in the community. Oasis helps people at thier lowest point see that there is still hope and opportunity to turn their many times desperate situation around. It provides practical solutions to daunting problems. It provides food for the hungry, clothes for those in need, particularly work clothing for job interviews, empowerment opportunities such as job counseling, resume building, computer training and many skills designed to put people back on their feet. Oasis doesn't just "give a man a fish" - it teaches men and women how to fish. In addition to volunteering my time on the advisory board, I have picked up and delivered furniture and food, helped with resumes, job counseling, food pantry work and in many other capacities. I do this because Of the great work of Oasis, its management with integrity, its heart for the community and the major impact it has on its community. One measure of the effectiveness of an organization is whether that organization would be missed in its absence. In the case of Oasis, there is no other private agency that does all that it does with such excellence and impacting so many families per year. Its absence would mean a huge void in the community. Oasis Compassion Agency changes real lives - serving over 4000 families since its inception.

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

seeing the sheer number of families helped with food, clothing, job opportunities and training that betters their lives.

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

seeing the resl life results of the many lives that are turned around for the better.

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

warm, compassionate, and professional

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

realize the dream of starting a Women's Center to dealk with the many issues facing disadvantaged women such as jobs, housing, childcare, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 22, 2010

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January 22, 2010

Oasis does an exceptional job of treating its clients with dignity while challenging them to take responsibility for improving their circumstances. They offer more than food, job and life skills training: they offer hope for change, specific case management based on each person's situation, and an environment that encourages cooperation between individuals of all ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds. I've been in the office when a former client returns with a donation or to say thanks, I got the job...and I was there when someone walked in on the verge of suicide because she didn't see a way out of her situation--and she found a group of people who listened, who took immediate action, helped her with a step-by-step plan for regaining her LPN certification and eventually employment and a place to live. I've watched church "attenders" blossom in their spiritual and personal lives by serving others without expecting anything in return. After we moved away from the area, I resigned my position on the Board.

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

seeing hopelessness turned to measurable success (a job acquired, a family budget implemented, a woman launching a home-based business) and seeing how well different people worked together when they were all focused on helping others in need.

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

committed, compassionate, enthusiastic, and respectful.

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

launch a women's center to address specific needs for abused and/or impoverished women; create a separate counseling center to address deeper issues that limit clients' progress; expand a jobs training program to solve local employers' needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 21, 2010

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January 21, 2010

My husband volunteers his time for Oasis and can admit that it is a heartwarming experience to be able to help others less fortunate than himself. There is a real need and Oasis takes that need and gives hope to the hopeless & compassion to the downtrodden. Not one of us can say that we would never need help, and those at Oasis act upon their God given gift to help. Giving of themselves brings not only joy to those who receive but also to those who give. Thanks to all who take the time for others.

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

watching others give of themselves without preservation. The loyalty they have toward others, and the joy that comes from serving.

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

watching the smiles on the faces of those who receive the help, and how grateful they are themselves for the organization.

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

genuine, and put others before themselves.

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

reach out to many more people in need, and to implement more programs that are necessary for survival and growth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

I have been a client of Oasis Compassion Agency since September of 2009. In that time I have received support and motivation from the caring staff. I appreciate the help from Tonya and the rest of the staff. I have learned alot of skills, I did not know before. The entire staff keeps me motivated to continue searching for a better job and to better myself. The entire staff is always very welcoming.

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

My job interviewing skills/methods.

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Ways to make it better...

The sessions could have longer. (JOb Search appointments)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

Over a year ago, I had the humbling experience of working for Oasis Compassion Agency. During this time I was able to see God’s love in action in ways I cannot express in words. Though Oasis’ mission is to empower economically challenged individuals and families by providing food, resources, job training, computer classes, and spiritual guidance, this agency accomplishes much more than its list of services can enumerate. The most rewarding experience was seeing previous clients come back to simply thank the organization for the impact it had on their lives. Oasis does not just hand out food to those in need and those who come to Oasis are not just clients, the staff and volunteers know these people by name, they are listened to, prayed for, and encouraged through the hardest of times. Since my employment, I have volunteered for Oasis’ yearly special events and I can attest to their continued efforts to reach greater needs within the community. Oasis CEO, Sharon Gill’s restless vision of helping others is contagious to all who become a part of the ever growing Oasis Compassion Agency Family.

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

Seeing and hearing from those who have been impacted by Oasis' mission.

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

Real people with jobs, families, and with diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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

Change our community!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

Oasis Compassion Agency reaches out to people who are experiencing financial constraits after losing their job. One facet of help offered is job counseling and searching. Staff work one on one with clients to build a dynamic resume and learn basic computer skills to search for employment online. Computers are available for client use. Those who are enrolled in the program are treated with the dignity they deserve and come away with a renewed sense of self and hope for the future.

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

The staff at Oasis are absoutely great - very much focused on their mission, the clients, and also the volunteers. They never fail to say thank you to me for volunteering, making me feel that I'm a much needed part of the team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

I have been a volunteer with Oasis Compassion Agency since November, 2006. I have watched this Agency grow from a small agency to where we are today. We have a main office, a food pantry, and a thrift store. The volunteers that work in these areas all care greatly about what they are doing for the community.

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

seeing the people who need help get it and they appreciate what we do for them.

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

around Christmas to see the children receive their Christmas gifts. In December, 2009 I was Santa Claus (I actually grew a beard for the occasion) and I never had such a good time with the children.

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

really committed to their jobs here.

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

put their entire operation into one buidling and we could open the Women's Center that we so badly need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

I am a volunteer donating my counseling services to clients at Oasis. Even though I am only there one morning a week, I can see the need for these services and feel I am making a difference in people's lives. Oasis is very welcoming and supportive of me as a volunteer. This agency runs very well in spite of only having 5 paid employees on the books.Each one of them even took a cut in hours (and as a result, reduced pay) when the agency wasn't able to meet their expenses late last year. The dedication of the staff and CEO, Sharon Gill, is incredible and they really care about their clients. Because this agency is an empowerment program, clients must take the initiative to help themselves while in the program and the staff supports that 100%. They are firm but kind & encourage the clients through the program. I have always felt welcome as a volunteer and a valued member of the team. I also feel that my opinion counts and this is why I keep going back every week on my day off to volunteer. This agency has a dream of expanding to open a women's center to empower women to get up and out of poverty by giving them opportunities they might not otherwise have. This agency is truly a community minded organization with it's vision set on helping those around them in the local community.

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

the lives of many of the clients that have been the recipients of their services. The impact that Oasis has made on the lives of many men, women & children in the community has been tremendous. Oasis empowers their clients to get up & out of poverty.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand services to include more empowerment requirements for clients.

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

Working with the clients directly and being treated as a valuable member of the team.

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

many & from many walks of life...high school & college students, retirees, working men & women. All have been helpful, respectful & loving to one another.

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

make a huge dent in reducing the number of people living in poverty. Most especially, Oasis could open their dreamed of Women's Center to provide professional counseling, make overs and teach women from abusive backgrounds how to be respected & loved.

Ways to make it better...

there was a more private space in which to counsel clients.

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

financial. With more funding, Oasis could increase the pay of it's current employees (which are fantastic & dedicated) to insure their continued employment. With more funding, Oasis could expand & open it's long dreamed of Women's Center.

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

I really admire the CEO, Sharon Gill, who dedicates her time & her entire being to this organization. She doesn't even draw a salary and is dedicated to this organization to help those in the local community help themselves.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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