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February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I have been involved with Seamen's Society since 1989. Nineteen of those years in the Development Department and the last two years as a volunteer. The services that Seamen's Society provides range from foster care, adoption, day care, domestic violence, prevention and education such as scholarships for college bound teens. The services the Society offers are priceless.

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I have personally seen how the children and families have improved their lives through the programs and care of the staff at the Society.

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I would like to see the Society expand their donor base, their visibility in the Staten Island and Brooklyn community and to expand their education and preventive programs.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 14, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I had the honor of working with Seamen's Society for Children and Families in locating new space for their location in Brooklyn. Nancy Vomero is the consummate professional. Her concerns were first and foremost about the children and what was best for them and their families. We worked on safety issues making sure and remaking sure that all would be the safest that it can be for all associated with the Society. I have been a real estate broker for 30 years and have worked with many non-prof executives and Nancy was the most giving and upfront that I had the pleasure to work with. Her staff are equally as dedicated and it was obvious that the respect was mutual.
Bravo to all of you at Seamens and may you continue your success stories in your new space!

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

locating safe and secure space for the children and families to meet in Brooklyn, NY. Caring staff all the way up the totem pole is the key to their success. I met a group of extremely dedicated people working with the best interests of children and their families.

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wish that they didn't have to be located in such difficult areas but their work is much needed and it has to be convenient to all.

February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I am a new board member of Seamen's Society but have volunteered in the medical department of the agency for over 2 years. I have been impressed with the dedication of the staff and their commitment to the well being of the children. The staff works closely with the foster parents to help provide optimum medical care for the children by addressing medical concerns, help foster parents provide the needed medical care and assist foster and biological parents understand the medical issues the children face.

The agency is not only provides foster care for at risk children but has programs designed to teach life skills and promote education. The scholarship program sponsored by the agency is especially inspiring. Children formerly in foster care have graduated from college and return to the agency to share their successes with others.

In addition the agency has several programs designed to prevent at risk children from entering the foster care system.

Children in the foster care system can be at risk for mental health . issues. The agency offers psychological services for the children and their families thereby strengthening the ability of the children and families to meet the challenges they face.

The work this agency does to provide care for vulnerable children is a great service to our community. The strains on at risk families in this economic time are great. The agency provides support and tangible assistance through their many programs.



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

by working with the medical staff for over 2 years in a volunteer capacity

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like to see in house medical care provided

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Ihave been a Board Member for over ten years and I am tremendously proud of the work that is done at Seaman's Society. While our mission is to help place and evaluate foster homes, we also deal with issues such as teenage runaways, domestic violence intervention, medical services and college scholarships for the children assigned to our care, just to name a few. Seaman's Society is there when a child and family are in need and they have nowhere else to turn. I know that we have been able to give these children and families a second chance and even a third chance, a service that is invaluable.

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

Listening to children's testimonials on how Seaman's has help to transform their lives in a positive manner.

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

Find a way to increase the donor base so we can offer our services to more people in Staten Island and Brooklyn.

February 11, 2011

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February 11, 2011

I have been a board member of Seamen's since 1988. I have worked under three Executive Directors and I think that Seamen's is an extremely well run organization. The knowledge, expertise and dedication that is exhibited by the staff is second to none.

They truly understand not only the
not-for-profit business in which they are engaged, but, more importantly, how that business is making such a tremendous difference in the lives that they touch in foster care, day care, prevention, and the myriad smaller programs which come under their purview.

Seamen's Society is the epitome of what a well-run human services agency is all about.

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I have attended the scholarship dinner every year since we have had it. I have personally talked to and witnessed the tremendous impact on the students who are the recipients of the scholarships. It is one of our greatest events and really provides an opportunity for board members to see the impact of the Society's work.

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

not change anything.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have been a board member and have served on various committees for several years. What has drawn me to Seamen's is their commitment to helping our disadvantaged children have an opportunity to have a better life. There are so many programs from Foster Care to Mentoring, that they are able to have a positive impact on virtually any at-risk child. To me, the work that is done culminates in the scholarship program, where we get to see the results of many years of hard work. Kids that never thought they had a chance are becoming engineers, doctors or whatever they dream to be because of the staff and volunteers at Seamen's Society.

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

By watching children grow and become happy healthy productive members of society.

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

I would make the organization and the great results of their work more visible to the general public.

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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

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend who is a vendor to the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I was fortunate to work with a Seamen's Society client as an intern. Both Seamen's and the intern were great partners. There were open lines of communication resulting in a productive experience for all involved.

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The internship I provided for a Seamen's Society client

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Leave it to the exceptional professional staff already working at Seamen's Society.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

as a life long resident of staten island i have seen the growth of the seaman's society over the years and the great expansion of their services on staten island. they are a solid organization doing many great things for the children in need in our area. back in the 1980's i was the postman delivering mail to their office on tompkinas avenue, and the office was always bustling with young people needing help and the employees meeting their needs. they have come a long way from that time and do so much more for the needy. they deserve a lot of credit for the work they do.

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by seeing the people get help

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

be more active in helping them

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Seaman's Society is an essential contributor to our community. The foster care it sponsors leads to many adoptions. It so wonderful to watch children finds homes where they are loved.

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

Talking to those who foster children and listen to their stories of how they adopted some of the children they took care of

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

Seek out ore ways to support foster parents

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

As busy as I am managing my own company, I always find the time for this organization. I have been a Board Member for almost 8 years and enjoy my role in offering services to our foster children and victims of domestic violence.

Our Scholarship Luncheon is probably my favorite event as we
give college scholarships to worthy students from our program. This past year we gave 20 scholarships and after meeting the recipients, we certainly chose wisely. With all that they have endured it was amazing to see not only smiles on their faces but hearts filled with a true sense of hope for their futures.

If you care to give to a charity, this certainly should be one that you consider. Our future depends on our children.

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

witnessing the work they do at the facility, in the community and at special events.

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We are one of the oldest charities in the country. I believe that we must be doing something right to have remained in existence this long.

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