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January 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 26, 2011


I have always known that there are many agencies out there who provide assistance to those in need. However, when I came across South Bay Community Services I was impressed with the variety of services they offer for families and kids. I had the opportunity to be a volunteer at their agency
and I must say, it was a great experience. I was able to meet several of the staff members and experienced how they are caring individuals who want their clients to succeed. In my experience South Bay Community Services is always willing to offer a helping hand to those who are in need and in order to better serve the community they always strive to provide their employees with the right tools and knowledge.
Gaby

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I don't think I would make any changes.

January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

My personal experience as a Southwest Middle School after school tutor through South Bay Community Services is one that I will always remember. Next time I have an opening in my schedule I will be their again to experience such a rewarding opportunity. Being able to mentor students at that level made me feel like I was in middle school all over again. Such an opportunity is priceless on my menu. The positive energy kids are so good at transmitting made me contribute to it and make it grow. It was great to help them with their math homework and to inform them about all of the career possibilities that are out their waiting for them to scoop them up.

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Giving me the opportunity to extend my capabilities beyond the academic arena in an exciting and fun environment. As a mature adult that recognizes the value of such opportunities I realize that I learned more from the students than they learned from me. Now that's a great deal.

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

Strive towards designing a one on one tutor program for students whose resistance is the highest to completing their schoolwork during the after school program. Ideally, this plan would include tutoring sessions during regular school hours where the student and tutor would interact away from the distractions from the student’s peers. I feel the attempt of such a plan is valid because it eliminates what I believe is to be the main obstacle that keeps certain students from completing their work

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I feel what this group did to make this a great volunteer experience is beyond what was required. They did a great job and asking them to do anything different to make my experience better would be asking too much. I would not change anything.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Definitely. Like I mentioned previously in the review I believe I learned more from the students than they learned from me. Before the experience i did not know how good an adult feels by interacting with a group of middle school students on a regular basis.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was contributing to a purely good cause since it involved the youth of my community. Since they were middle school students it also made me feel energized.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I lived in the South Bay area during the 1980's and I can assure you that this community has improved immensely and I truly attribute it to all to the services that South Bay Community services have provided to the families in this area. In particular, I would like to mention the Academic Counseling provided to the local middle schools in South Bay. The professionalism I observed on a daily basis was admirable, not only between staff but with employees as well. In addition, the nurturing relationships they have with the students promotes well-being and helps them excel in their studies and increase their self-confidence. Many students informed me that their parents saw a change in them. They seemed more in control of their emotions, therefore, able to communicate more effectively. I truly hope that South Bay Community Services expand their programs to be able to serve all the families in this area that have a need for a helping hand.
thank you SBCS for such a great experience!!
Cynthia

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Hardworking, caring people that motivate you to go out there and do what you can to support families in need

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

Expand, expand, and expand their services!!!

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I have experiences as both an employee and volunteer at SBCS. I was a part time youth mentor and tutor at a local middle school through the AEC program. Through this program we mainly offered academic support for struggling students and also some mentoring about important life choices. My volunteer experience was with the WINGS program, a program that focuses on helping female youth meet the conditions of their probation and prevent them from any further involvement with the juvenile crime system. Both my experiences with SBCS were very good and overall rewarding. Their programs are professionally run and effectively designed. The staff at SBCS is professional, friendly and always willing to help.

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

The enrichment of my knowledge in the provision of social services.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the volunteer clearing process faster so more people have the opportunity to volunteer with this organization.

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011


A few months ago I worked as a Peer Mentor in one of the Middle schools that SBCS supports, so I can attest to the great efforts that SBCS channel to motivate students to excel in their academic endeavors. Academic endeavors that have been limited/frustrated (to say the least) by their own
parents' lack of support AND upper-level school officials' lack of long-term academic and administrative strategy.

SBCS exposed Peer Mentors to relevant and specialized training, encouraged weekly meetings to improve daily activities with students, and promoted Peer Mentor brainstorming on how to improve the mentoring experience as a whole.

During my tenure in SBCS, I also realized that SBCS offers a comprehensive array of services (other than student mentoring) to individuals from all walks of life who find themselves in need at any given time. SBCS also have a long-list of other non-profit organizations that also contribute to the well-being of the individuals in need.

In a few words, I'm glad that SBCS exists and continues to assist people that need their help.

-Jaqui

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

At the end of the semester, students had higher grades due to the after-school mentoring sessions that SBCS organized. In fact, faculty and admin staff were very pleased and applauded our efforts throughout the semester.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would hire more HR personnel to take care of employees matters in a timely fashion.

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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?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Hire more HR personnel.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I was looking to have a closer look to the educational system and get a few relevant certifications along the way.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was sad to realized how deteriorated the educational systems was and how parents seems not to care that their children will follow their same steps.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

I am the Executive Vice President of JPB Development, LLC, a real estate development company in southern California. I have been involved, personally and professionally, with South Bay Community Services ("SBCS")for over a decade now. As a developer of master planned communites, we were looking (back in the year 2000) to partner with a non profit agency to build and manage a number of low and moderate income affordable housing units in Chula Vista. After interviewing a number of potential candidates, our choice was very easy. SBCS stood head and shoulders above every other candidate in terms of track record, recommendations, involvement in the community, efficient management of their projects, and commitment to their cause. We moved forward with our partnership and, thanks to the expertise and experience of SBCS, we were approved to build 271 low and moderate homes. SBCS has managed the project with incredible success since its completion. That original project marked only the beginning of my relationship with SBCS. Since that time I have been so impressed with their work in the comunity and the effectiveness of their managment team, that I have volunteered to assist in a number of their enterprises. Our company, too, has contributed significantly to help the SBCS cause. Our committment -- both in terms of time and financial contribution -- to SBCS has grown over the past decade as we have watched the burgeoning success of the organization and the broad reaching impact SBCS has had on the Chula Vista and South County region. Without exception, the people we have met within the organization have been professional, dedicated,hard working, and caring -- critical characteristics for any charitable organization. they make it very easy to WANT to get invovled and to support such a worthy cause. While our support of SBCS has been across the board, our most intimate involvement has been with the Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool. This unique preschool is for young children who have been victims of abuse or domestic violence. They receive quality early learning and specialized therapeutic care. The school provides a critical step in ending the cycle of violence and helping these children get ready for success in school. In short, I cannot say enough positive things about SBCS and the programs it provides. As I am limited by space in this review, I am happy to speak directly to anyone who would like additional information.

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see review above

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
April 13, 2010

As a volunteer and donor through their various fundraisers, I have been extremely impressed by the programs provided to the many families in South San Diego County. I'm surprised by the previous comment. There are no specifics and all I can assume is that it must be something personal by this person. What I have seen is a dedicated workforce, a dedicated management team and families who are clearly provided with as many services to help them succeed. I receive updates from SBCS that shares how my donation and time has helped families. I truly appreciate that connection and feel I am as connected to these families as the staff who are there hands on. I thank SBCS for their almost 40 years of services! Keep at it...

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

through the programs provided to the many families in South San Diego County.

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

a dedicated and united workforce, with a true passion and connection to these families and the services they provide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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