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November 19, 2014

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November 19, 2014

I have been a board member and volunteer with RSVP of Montgomery County for 10 years. This organization provides volunteers that improve the lives of thousands of citizens of Montgomery County, PA. The fantastic programs range from tutoring elementary school children in reading, ESL instruction for adults , working with Head Start children, providing very low cost management consulting to nonprofits, mentoring at-risk youth and helping seniors with Medicare questions. I have been able help area nonprofits via the Volunteer Executive Consultant (VEC) program to increase their capacity by helping them in areas like board development, strategic planning, writing by-laws, etc. RSVP provides me a way to give back to the community and utilize my skills in a meaningful way.
November 18, 2014

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November 18, 2014

I have been associated with RSVP for twenty-five years. As a volunteer, board member, and treasurer, RSVP has given me opportunities to use skills I learned in my professional career to help other non-profits improve their services to our community. During this time, RSVP has continued to develop bold initiatives, such as our recently launched "My Free Tutor," to combine our volunteers' skills and technology into exciting-learning opportunities for high-school age students. Our staff, officers, board members, and volunteers are dedicated to our mission of meeting critical-human needs in and around Montgomery County.

March 20, 2012

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March 20, 2012

My association with RSVP of Montgomery County over the past five years has been unbelievably fulfilling. I have served as a volunteer in the Volunteer Executive Consulting program, the Protege program, the revenue development committee and on the Board. The mission of RSVP is a challenging one, especially in light of today's tough economic environment. But the enthusiasm and conviction of the volunteers is not to be denied. The environment is contagious with positive atttitudes, can do mind sets, and excellent program and organizational leadership. I am proud to be a part of RSVP's strong and effective impact on the community.

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

seeing the impact that the programs have had on the people in the community. Watching children progress in reading skills, hearing the grateful feedback from seniors, are but a few examples.

Ways to make it better...

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

develop more corporate partnerships to enable corporate citizens, the opportunity to share in the RSVP mission.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 21, 2011

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May 21, 2011

RSVP of Montco. provides literacy programs for pre-schoolers, elementary school students, and adults. These programs are designed to help improve the participants' reading skills both in school and at home with family. These programs are provided at "no charge" by RSVP. RSVP has provided Volunteer Impact Programs for residents and non-profit organizations throughout Montgomery County for thirty eight (38) years. It's an organization that certainly deserves your support.

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

As a Board Member for the past eight (8) years, I have seen RSVP continue to grow due to the organizations commendable performance.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get it more funding.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I have been part of the Protege Mentor program for over 6 years. During this time I have mentored two young girls. These children have benefited from this program as evidenced through improved grades and their improved social behavior. But it is also true that I have reaped the rewards from these rich interactions and watching these children grow. It is a marvelous program that provides a great deal of RSVP staff support. I highly recommend the experience.

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

Seeing many youngsters who are at risk begin to thrive from their relationships with their mentor.

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

The organization needs money pumped into it so their staff and services can be expanded.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

I JOINED RSVP OVER 10 YEARS AGO AS A READING COACH FOR FIRST-GRADERS. I WAS PLACED IN A LOCAL SCHOOL AND HAD THE PRIVELEGE OF WORKING WITH ESPECIALLY WONDERFUL CHILDREN AND TEACHERS. THE OPPORTUNITY AFFORDED ME A ' BEHIND THE SCENES' PEEK AT THE SKILLS UTILIZED IN DELIVERY OF EDUCATION AS WELL AS A SHARED JOY OF READING THE WRITTEN WORD.
THE EXPERIENCE WAS SO REWARDING, THAT AS I HAD MORE TIME, I ALSO BECAME A MENTOR TO A 10 YEAR OLD GIRL THROUGH THE PROTEGE PROGRAM. THE GIRL HAD RECENTLY LOST HER CARE-GIVING GRANDMOTHER AND WAS FLOUNDERING IN SCHOOL AND ON THE STREETS. WE DEVELOPED A DEEP AND LOVING RELATIONSHIP OVER MANY YEARS. TODAY SHE IS MY FAMILY, A SISTER TO MY DAUGHTERS, A SOPHOMORE AT TEMPLE, AS WELL AS A WIFE AND A MOTHER TO MY 15 MONTH OLD GRANDSON.
I THANK RSVP FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHILDREN IN BOTH ARENAS. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND FUTURES.

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

THE LIFE OF MY DAUGHTER WATCHING CHILDREN WHO WERE STRUGGLING WITH READING BECOME CONFIDENT, JOYFUL READERS

Ways to make it better...

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

GIVE THEM MORE FUNDING

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

For the past ten years my work with RSVP's Volunteer Executive Consuling program has been extremely rewarding. It has provided an opportunity for me to continue to utilize and sharpen my marketing and communication skills (my pre-retirement field), while at the same time providing numerous non-profits with management counsel to assist them in their marketing goals. In addition, the feedback we have received from the many marketing communications seminars I have conducted has been gratifyingly positive.

I also participated in RSVP's mentoring program (Protege) for two years, working with a young man and developing a meaningful and constructive relationship which helped us both to grow.

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

working closely with a talented, effective group of RSVP staff and volunteers, whose selfless efforts and dedication are second to none

Ways to make it better...

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

wave a magic wand so that funding would become available to permit the organization to devote the time and resources necessary to realize maximum effectiveness of its many valuable programs and initiatives.

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