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April 13, 2013
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April 13, 2013
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Put simply this organization is not just a hand out, it is a hand up. I was first drawn to Oasis Compassion Agency when I met its amazing and inspiring founder, Sharon Gill. I was impressed that the clients were required to take a class that fit their individual needs. After retiring as an elementary school media specialist, I decided I wanted to work with adults for a change. I was assigned to be a receptionist in the Womens Center and sometimes helped in the intake office. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a cooking class with clients. I found the staff to be superb and professional. The clients were appreciative, yet they had to do their part to improve their lives.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 5, 2013

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April 5, 2013

Oasis Compassion Agency offers the very best in services to those most in need in Palm Beach county. As a volunteer I noticed first hand how beneficial this organization is to the community and how blessed the clients were to receive a number of helpful and fundamental services such as food, clothing but also education and counseling. Sharon Gill is the most compassionate, caring and business minded person I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Everyone who is thinking of volunteering or donating to a charitable cause should consider Oasis Compassion Agency. You can be certain that your time and money is being used efficiently to help people in the community with basic needs.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2013

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1 previous review
January 25, 2010

I have been a volunteer and board member at Oasis for over two years. My experience with Oasis has been heartwarming and faith affirming. The organization does a wonderful job of feeding and clothing ... more

April 5, 2013

Oasis is a wonderful place to volunteer. The staff is caring and compassionate. More importantly, the clients, who are in financial need, are truly appreciative of the services they receive .The term Oasis Compassion Agency is very appropriate. The organization follows our Biblical instructions to care for the poor and needy. Oasis is truly a blessing to many.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

January 25, 2010

I have been a volunteer and board member at Oasis for over two years. My experience with Oasis has been heartwarming and faith affirming. The organization does a wonderful job of feeding and clothing the economically disadvanted in Palm Beach County. Biblical counseling is also provided to those clients who choose to receive it and I have witnessed first hand on many occasions clients who have been dramatically touched by the caring staff and volunteers of Oasis. The clients leave with hope for the future and are quick to let us know how we have positively impacted their lives. To hear a client say "God bless you for what you are doing" still brings tears to my eyes. Oasis is not just a "hand out" food pantry. Clients must agree to take classes and look for jobs in an effort to make them self-dependent. The successes are inspirational and the Oasis Gala each year highlights the tremendous impacts that have been made upon many clients lives in becoming self-sufficient. I give thanks to God and Jesus Christ daily for having brought me to volunteer here and serve as a director.

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

the way in which clients needs are met. Clients are treated with respect and dignity, while at the same time, are made to realize that they must become self-sufficient. The result is a win-win for both the organization and the clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 5, 2013

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April 5, 2013

I have been volunteering with Oasis Compassion Agency since July 2009. When I found them, through the United Way, I was willing to do whatever they needed. I chose them from the list in my area because they provide services locally and because the scope of services they provide have the ability to save individuals and families from going hungry and losing their homes. Oasis operates a food pantry, career center, now a women's center (that has opened since I started volunteering which is an amazing addition and a testatment to their dedication to the community) and a thrift store with affordable clothing including business wear for interviews and everyday work wear.

They are an amazing group that I am proud to be a part of and they gave me a great opportunity at a time when I really needed it. I was laid off when I started volunteering with Oasis and they gave me a chance to use my Human Resources skills to create an Interview Skills workshop for out of work Oasis clients. It has been an honor to teach that workshop, which I still do today more than 3 years later and will continue to do for as long as they need me. The employee and volunteers are a pleasure to work with and they genuinely care about the clients they serve. I am lucky to have found them!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 25, 2011

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May 25, 2011

Disappointed ultimately that they did not seem to appreciate all my volunteering and donations...
Volunteered here and was doing several days a week for months then had a vacation and wanted to resume schedule. I stopped by several times and was always made to feel that they were too busy!
They never called me back to volunteer. With that said, I don't believe they value all volunteers.

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

various ways.

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

Appreciate volunteers and ask them back even if my organization was packed with volunteers, the more the merrier, is my motto!

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

This charity provides an invaluable public service to the residents in our community. The agency provides participating residents with assistance to get back on their feet during difficult times. Participants are given the opportunity to take part in classes that helps in job searching. In addition to providing classes on interviewing skills and resume writing, the agency also provides assistance through the food pantry. Residents who are down on their luck are able to get pastries and canned food items from the pantry during their enrollment period. This agency gives members of our community a chance to get back on their feet with dignity.

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

to see the look in the participants eyes when they've successfully completed the program and have found a job. The satisfaction in knowing that a member of our community has restored his/her financial health by an organization that is run by the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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

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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 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

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