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June 29, 2009

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June 29, 2009

In April 2005, I was matched with an HIV Services client. I enjoyed my client match and the organization so much that I wanted to get involved on a higher level. In September 2008, I had the privilege of joining Shanti's staff as the Volunteer Services Manager. I still love this organization and fully believe in what we are doing in the community!

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

the feedback we get from our clients!

Ways to make it better...

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

hire more staff.

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

be a part of the excellent work they do.

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

amazing!

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

bring a smile to a lot more faces!

Ways to make it better...

I could have heard about Shanti much earlier in my life.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding and staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we need your support!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 29, 2009

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June 29, 2009

The Shanti Project is one of those incredible organizations that changes your life, your perspective and the community at large. Founded under the ideals of humanism and harm reduction is their most base forms, the organization strives to make an emotional impact on the lives of people struggling with HIV AIDS and breast cancer. I've been a volunteer for over a year now and cannot express how positively Shanti impacts both the community and my life. Props out to Kaushik and Mindy, and of course, Charlie Garfield. AMAZING!

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

The wellness of its clients.

Ways to make it better...

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

be surrounded by incredible, selfless people --- constantly.

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

The value of harm reduction on an emotional scale and its non-quantifiable social impact.

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

Courageous, intelligent, compassionate people.

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

Impact the lives of even more people in profound ways.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer with them, because they're so incredible!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Their volunteer training services are incredible and their staff is

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2009

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June 19, 2009

From the very beginning, Shanti has always been there for San Francisco's HIV+ Community! I know so many people who are so grateful for the help and support they received from Shanti and their Shanti volunteers, and as volunteer, I know it made a huge difference in my life!

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

how wonderful everyone is!

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

absolutely awesome--some of coolest people you'll meet!

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

save the world!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008

Shanti is a fabulous organization. For volunteer and client there is opportunity to form a close bond with someone. I didn't want a volunteer position where I just went in did hours and left. In my experience I was able to get to know my client well and help her with her practical and emotional needs. I was able to see first hand how hard it can be for a woman with breast cancer and how she is able to manage her life with four children and take care of herself. Shanti training, staff and my support group have also been a benefit to my experience volunteering.

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

the excellent training they provide, support to both clients and volunteers.

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

the relationship I formed with my client.

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

genuine and caring!

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

serve so many more clients and train more people in the Shanti model in order to help those in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 31, 2008

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July 31, 2008

I have always found the staff at Shanti to be inviting and friendly. They are supportive and promote an excellent atmosphere to learn about healing and support. I agree with other reviewers in that Shanti acknowledges and shows great appreciation to volunteers. My experience at Shanti has been many things: emotional, fulfilling, fun, educational, and more. Shanti provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn how to form potentially healing relationships. After training the staff will carefully match volunteers to clients. The processes and staff are organized at Shanti. I never felt confused about my role at Shanti, thanks to its good organization. Volunteer hours can be flexible. I recommend Shanti to anyone who would like to contribute to the community, to be a part of a great non-profit, to have the opportunity to advance in personal development, and/or to learn about healthcare.

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

the clients, staff, and volunteers.

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

supportive staff, learning real world skills, volunteering, being appreciated.

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

supportive and interested.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 21, 2008

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July 21, 2008

Shanti is a fantastic organization with an attentive and friendly staff who do everything in their power to make sure their volunteers have a positive experience.

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

the community's great response to the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

pat myself on the back.

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

meeting the staff and spending time with the other volunteers, all of whom are genuine, good-hearted people.

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

radical.

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

change the way San Francisco is affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ways to make it better...

the training session was a day shorter.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the fact that currently there is no cure for HIV or AIDS.

One thing I'd also say is that...

volunteering for Shanti is a worthwhile and productive way to spend time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 21, 2008

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July 21, 2008

The organization itself is well run, friendly and flexible. The Shanti staff goes out of their way to support the volunteers, and make sure the volunteer experience is healthy and positive. Volunteers are carefully matched with clients whose needs fit the volunteer's schedule, personality and comfort level. The Shanti model of support is absolutely inspiring. It is based on the simple humanitarian principles of kindness and empathy. The basic idea is providing non-judgmental support for the ill, which can take many different forms. Some clients may need sympathetic listeners while others need someone to do the grocery shopping, or activity partners. I have been volunteering for Shanti for two years now. When I started the program, I knew that it would be a positive thing for me, but I had no idea how much my relationship with my client and my involvement in the organization would enrich my life. I consider volunteering for Shanti to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and I plan to remain involved with the project for a long time.

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

the quality of life of my client, both emotionally and practically

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

the amazing people I have met, including my client, Shanti staff and other Shanti volunteers.

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

all across the board, from the founder of the project to part-time volunteers like myself.

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

spread some amazing love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 21, 2008

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July 21, 2008

i searched for at least 6 months to find the volunteer opp where i thought i could most make a difference - and feel fulfilled personally. shanti has been more than i imagined. from the training (everyone should do this), to meeting and getting to know my client, to my peer support group, to the shanti coordinators - it is an incredible organization that truly makes a difference.

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

the everyday lives of those battling the toughest diseases. shanti helps those who many people have forgotten.

Ways to make it better...

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

be spending my working hours in a much more beneficial, and selfless, manner.

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

my client. she is an inspiration.

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

unbelievable. i've never met such caring, dedicated people.

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

keep the spirit and dedication of the volunteers, expand programs, and make even more of an influence - without even the slightest bit of greed.

Ways to make it better...

i'm not sure - it would be better if i could dedicate even more of time to shanti. every hour is an hour well-spent.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding (?) there is so much of a need - and only so much $ to go around.

One thing I'd also say is that...

shanti is amazing. period.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 21, 2008

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July 21, 2008

The service Shanti provides for the city of San Francisco is priceless. The staff at Shanit is made up of individuals who have a true passion and commitment to being of service, to individuals with life threatening illnesses. I have been a volunteer for three years and can honestly say that staff's commitment extends to all human kind. Their passion to be of service is truly from the heart.

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

How it makes the people they serve feel. I have not met a Shanti client who is not in complete appreciation and truly grateful for the service they receive from Shanti and its volunteers

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

It’s approach to being of service and giving back to others. Shanti trains its volunteers to listen, to be present to be non judgmental and loving.

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

And are deeply engaged and committed to giving the best experience to their clients and their volunteers.

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

Transform the lives of many people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 21, 2008

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July 21, 2008

Shanti exemplifies dedication, compassion, reverence, humbleness, friendship, professionalism, perseverance, community, and so many other beautiful things that this world needs. The one thing that stands out in my mind, is that it's a family atmosphere when you're with Shanti, so you automatically feel the love. Shanti is a great, wonderful organization that proves there are people who really care for those in need.

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

My own volunteering experience. Shanti is always out there for every community event-providing, helping, fundraising, donating, and spreading the word of compassion.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to spread the love and peace.

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

The important life lesson of giving.

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

Beautiful, loving, thoughtful, kind-hearted people.

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

Dominate the world with righteousness, positivity, honesty, warmth, integrity, and especially PEACE!!

Ways to make it better...

I can contribute more financially.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Too many people are overlooking this great, great organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

No matter what, Shanti will go on.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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