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August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

As a senior myself, volunteering was a great experience. I am truly amazed at what these athlete's can do,it was inspiring to see and feel the level of competition that still drives these people. I believe that people of any age can and will be driven to maintain an active life style and feel better about growing older.

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Everyone was very professional and enthusiastic about what they were doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 27, 2009

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August 27, 2009

I found the Senior Games truly inspirational and volunteering was a delight. When I was at Athlete Registration, there was some down time when it wasn't busy. Perhaps this could be anticipated a little better and people could have been sent home, but better too many than too few. I also volunteered for a cycling event. I thought the instructions to the volunteers were a little unclear. Some were a little late due to a mix-up in location and nothing was repeated. Another volunteer and I stationed ourselves at an area that clearly needed a volunteer but there was none. We were at the top of Jefferson and Godetia and there should have been a sign right there, even though other signs had been posted for weeks. But these little blips are to be expected and from my view, it was very well run.

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

meeting the athletes.

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the cycling instructions were clearer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I volunteered for the tennis venue. It was an absolute joy to meet and mix with the athletes. Watching a 90-year old play singles in the hot weather really defined for me what you can do if you have the will to do it and work at it. While I felt underutilized as a volunteer, I found the experience inspiring.

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

...the inspiration of the atheletes.

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there had been someone to organize and train the volunteers. I spent much of my shift waiting for instructions and, when given instructions, felt that I wasn't really needed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I volunteered for the bowling registration. There was some disorganization between the bowling center and the Games operators, but the bowlers were amazing! They appreciated the smiling faces on all the volunteers and worked with us to resolve minor issues. Bowlers of all age groups showed up, including 1 in his late 90's and another in his early 100's. They had fun for the most part and so did I. I had originally volunteered to work two days, but after the first day I went back online and signed up for one more day with them. The bowlers were all so inspiring!

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very friendly even in some adverse circumstances. The staff encouraged and supported the volunteers as much as they could. They gave us room to help where we could when our station slowed down, which didn't last very long. Very nice group of people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 26, 2009

I volunteered in registration, my husband in the warehouse and my daughter in badminton. I thought it was a lively and fun atmosphere and the setting couldn't have been better. I loved meeting the athletes and felt thrilled to see people of all ages in such incredible shape with so many skills. I was trully inspired. All 3 of us were frustrated by not having enough to do. My husband and I left early when it was clear we were not needed. I hate that! I loved the idea of the Green team and the intention to keep things green, but was shocked at the reality, which was no on I questioned knew how it worked. We have 1 stream recycling in Palo Alto, yet the bins were marked for cans and bottles or compost or garbage. There was no where to throw paper and the composting was completely guess work.

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I loved that the athletes were treated very respectfully and was awe inspired to see 90 year olds receiving medals for athletics.

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

Utilize the volunteers better. Improve the Green aspect of the event.

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There were fewer volunteers and more work for those that were there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I had volunteered for the Bay Area Senior Games two years ago and found the experience quite inspiring. I was happy and thrilled to be a part of this year event. I enjoyed talking and listening to the athletes' story. In fact I recruited my 15 year old daughter to help out and she thought the athletes were quite funny and entertaining, especially the more senior ones. I would definitely volunteer again and I encourage everyone to be a part of this wonderful event.

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

provide affordable lodging for the athletes regardless of where the event takes place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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August 26, 2009

I volunteered and worked everyday but two for the Senior Games. The experience is one that I am and will talk about for quite some time. I ran into a sister of old high school buddy from Worcester, Mass. She was participating in swimming but supporting a woman's basketball team from Conn. when we met. I talked to a Vermont track participant who had played tennis with many of my friends back east. So many participants were so grateful for the volunteers. I can't count how many times I was thanked personally. And to watch the amazing efforts of all these men and women was an honor and inspiration. As a Green Team volunteer I would make one suggestion that we place volunteers next to the different bins to educate people about where to place their compost, recycling, and trash. Walking distances from parking lots and different events for this age group of athletes was a challenge in and of itself. I would encourage group transportation for the next time. The Freewheeling bike program seemed to be well used. Maybe a stall at the parking lots.

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the majority of participants and their family and friends were so appreciative towards me and the games.

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

the effort and camaraderie of the staff organizers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 26, 2009

I am a collegiate athlete who had the opportunity to volunteer. I was a spectator days before i volunteered. Overall the experience was so much more satisfying than i expected. The weather was perfect and just the atmosphere of so much joy, health, life, and good spirits really motivated me. I am still talking about the event with my friends and family and how inspiring it was. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE !!!!

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

watching all the athletes who exemplify determination, heart, and drive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 26, 2009

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August 26, 2009

I've read about the competitors and how the Senior Games will help the economy in Palo Alto, but nothing from the viewpoint of a swimming race volunteer. I was lucky enough to have Daniela Barnea (Palo Alto's own) in my lane Saturday when she broke the record and won a gold medal. After the race, she shared her mantra with me - what she says when the pain comes (I'll keep it our secret). I was lucky enough to have Albert Halff in my lane Sunday - 92 years old and in a wheelchair. Tuesday I was lucky enough to have the 92-year-old woman in my lane who swam 200 yards freestyle. After eight laps, we couldn't get her to stop and she swam another lap. It was hard work - checking swimmers in, supporting the older ones up onto the blocks (one deaf swimmer needed to be tapped on the leg to start because she could not hear the buzzer), making sure we got our stopwatches started, yelling support to 'our lane' at each turn, clicking those watches to get the time, then recording that time - but I feel absolutely thrilled to have been part of it. It was so inspiring to see the comradery, the focus, the high-fives between competitors, and the thrill and exhaustion on their faces when they climbed out of the pool. I'll never forget it.

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

all as excited about helping as i was.

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i'd known that the 'snacks provided' were only suckers and jelly beans. i would have brought something healthy to get me through the day.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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August 26, 2009

I counted laps for Walk Race events (5K, 10K). Registering was easy and the event operation was pretty well organized. Our training was "just-in-time" but the group I was in seemed to do fine and contributed to the overall success of the events. The leaders were good at explaining the process involved and maintaining an upbeat tone supporting the participants. I would certainly do this again.

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

Very positive and generally capable. The leads were pretty knowledgeable and capable of managing the event to a reasonable conclusion. The participants had a pretty good and fair experience from what I saw.

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the head of the Walk Race for the 10K events and one of the leaders/managers had not had a 20 minute screaming match on the track before the first event before all of us volunteers (some public and a few participants heard parts). Bad form.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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