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July 31, 2011
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July 31, 2011
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I have always had a heart for American indian & happened to come across their website in hunting around, i wanted to sponcer an american indian child/elder,ive had a lil bit of a problem getting up with the sponcer director but then found their okini program which i went with,they give you a list of ppl that need a variety of different items such as personal items, cleaning items,shoes,clothes etc, for me on a limited budget i can help as i can but still hope to 1 day be able to sponcer! usually you get a very quick responce alot of times same day response, they are small org. but very worthwhile & id like 2 see them grow & be able 2 help more ppl!

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sending care packages to those who need it

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i would see to it that the sponcership program gets a lil more help both w/sponcers & those who help run the program.

July 31, 2011
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July 31, 2011
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One Spirit is the only organization that I know and trust with my donations. One Spirit operates with the utmost integrity. Unlike other organizations that make vague assertions about their accomplishments, One Spirit produces tangible results.

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One spirit is a wonderful organization and the staff are always there to help answer any questions one might have. I wouldn't change a thing.

July 31, 2011
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July 31, 2011
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I became aware of One Spirit when investigating the plight of the Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Reservation. One thing led to another and I suddenly found myself as a volunteer maintaining viral accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter has by far been the most active account as I direct people for services connecting them with service coordinators, or I connect them with our director who can answer their questions. The organization of volunteers is a efficient group, each person pulling their weight in order to make sure the services reach the people who really need them. The level of poverty that is experienced on the Reservation is something the average person cannot begin to fathom. Because of the work of ONE Spirit many of the these people have food and heat where they would go without. The Okini program brings used clothing, appliances, wood stoves, etc to them for free. One Spirit is one of the oldest programs on the Reservation and constantly provides support for programming, as well as supplies. I am proud to be a part of this group as they work to make a difference.

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It has given me great pride to help my Lakota brothers and sisters. As a woman with Abenaki-Cree blood, the sharing with those who need more than I is an important tenant in my upbringing. I will continue my work with One Spirit as long as I am able. I hope of someday to travel to the Reservation.

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Recruit more volunteers!

July 30, 2011
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July 30, 2011
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The wonderful personal, quick, and efficient communication that the One Spirit folks provide really lets me know that their work for the Pine Ridge Lakota people is the best possible. A few dedicated staff volunteers do the work of a whole organization and when I write with questions I know who is answering me. They love their work and do it way above and beyond the call. Maybe the best thing is that I am sure my money is going to help the elders, children, families and community. It is a small organization accomplishing a big job and I trust them. One Spirit restores my faith in charitable organizations, and that is not an easy thing to maintain.

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The responses to my questions and suggestions have been thoughtful and showed a caring, open, and willing attitude to consider all ideas.

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If I could I would become a volunteer with them myself. I believe in their cause and that they are giving help that is real help.

July 30, 2011
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July 30, 2011
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Pine Ridge is one of the poorest reservations in the United States and they are in desperate need of help, not only with personal items, clothes, food and the necessities of life, but also their homes are in need of desperate repair, while you see commercials on tv asking for help for other countries, our people here in the United States are in need of help.

Elders live in homes that have no electricity or heat they have no money for medications that they need, children go without decent clothes or shoes in order to go to school, most are without food.

If there is one organization you vow to help with your donations, please consider One Spirit. No other non profit organization deserves it more.

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Native Americans all across the United States are all in need, but no other reservation as much as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. I am also Native as well as my family. We chose to help One Spirit because they do help families in need unlike other organizations.

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Although Pine Ridge is their focal point, I would also help out Rosebud Indian Reservation who are also in desperate need of help with monetary donations as well as food, clothing, school supplies, home repairs, jobs .... and the list goes on.

July 26, 2011
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July 26, 2011
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One Spirit delivers food to the elders and children of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In a location where diet related disease is epidemic, One Spirit offers a long-term solution by providing organic fresh/frozen produce to the families that they serve. One of the things that I found to be the most impressive was that One Spirit allows donors to select the specific food items that they would like to give, so you know exactly how your money is going to be used!

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My donation was used directly to purchase food for a family. I simply noted how I wanted my donation to be used and the next day I received an email from the food program manager, confirming that it was done. I really appreciated the personal correspondence.

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So far, I wouldn't make any changes. One Spirit seems to be the most effective organization of it's kind.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Food for diabetic children and elderly.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

The One Spirit food program seemed to be the most effective in addressing the root of the problem with malnutrition on the reservation.

What would you tell others about this organization?

If you are looking for a way to help a difference in Pine Ridge, One Spirit offers many options for becoming involved. You can donate to one of their programs or sponsor a family directly. Regardless of how you decide to give, you will be able to see how your donation is being used. I would highly recommend One Spirit to anyone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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