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November 20, 2012

I have been volunteering with StandUp in Seattle since October 2008. I was part of the leadership team that revived the chapter and took over as ED in June 2009. Being a part of a non profit has been a challenging yet rewarding experience. I am proud to be a part of an organization that tirelessly works to help homeless and street kids, while asking for nothing in return. I am amazed that this organization has done such great work for so long, on an ALL VOLUNTEER run basis! It shows the true dedication of the volunteers across the US that have passion for the kids they serve.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 18, 2012

I have been a volunteer with StandUp For Kids in Washington State since 2008 and am currently Co-Executive Director in Olympia. Being part of this organization has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Every single person I’ve worked with has always conducted themselves with dignity and integrity. Our goal is to let homeless kids know we care about them, are there for them and believe in them. We see the pain and fear in their eyes every day and when we see that pain and fear subside, even if only for a few hours while we’re sharing a meal and playing games, or a few minutes when we hand them a sleeping bag, we know we’re doing wonderful work, work that is needed. I am proud of StandUp For Kids, I’m proud of the staff members that keep the program going, I’m proud of the volunteers who give so generously of themselves, and I’m proud of our kids who are braver than most of us will ever need to be.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 26, 2012

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September 9, 2009

What this great nonprofit means to me: It’s not about having a place to call home or even a place to lay your head at night. It’s about knowing who you are and where you come from and wh... more

September 26, 2012

This note is in response to a post by Mr. Kevin Dickerson who believes that I and the organization with which I work did him wrong in a recent business dealing. What is most concerning is that the business relationship started just one week ago and his public response to what actually transpired seems out of balance given that fact.

Since we don’t have much money for our mission, which is to help kids who are homeless and generally at-risk, over the years we often have asked a variety of volunteers with similar talents to help us with something. It’s never been a secret – many volunteer vendors have appreciated it since people get busy and the work can get pushed to the back burner. Therefore, to keep things moving, we ask around for help and sometimes several people go down similar paths in helping us come up with the right solution.

Mr. Dickerson kindly agreed to do some graphic design work on a specific project last week for our volunteer led organization. We have a variety of designers and asked a couple to help us. Apparently, this took Mr. Dickerson by surprise and angered him as did the fact his design was not chosen. I am apologetic that Mr. Dickerson feels that way – but we have never had a situation where a volunteer vendor was upset that others also were working on a task. We’ve always enjoyed a “One team – one fight” kind of spirit. Anyway, it’s about the kids, not whose work is chosen or why.

I’m fine with someone targeting me or my management style because I am far from perfect. But, to go after the organization seems vindictive and excessive. I offered Mr. Dickerson a letter on behalf of the organization to thank him and credit him for the hours spent on his design but, he declined.

Again, no harm was intended and I do think the response from him was disproportionate to the perceived lack of consideration -- especially since we did not even have time to develop a working relationship in just a week! Who knows what good Mr. Dickerson could have done the organization in the future had this first short experience not dissolved the way it has.

Thank you.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 9, 2009

What this great nonprofit means to me: It’s not about having a place to call home or even a place to lay your head at night. It’s about knowing who you are and where you come from and which direction to take the next day. Its knowing you can turn your back when it’s too painful, but return knowing everything remains the way you left it. Being able to laugh and cry and know you’re loved regardless of your weaknesses or strengths. And knowing the people you call your friends and family love you unconditionally. That is your home. Thank you StandUp For Kids for being my home and home for all of Americas homeless youth!

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

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

open more Outreach Centers so we could reach more homeless and street kids who need our help and hire more staff to assist our programs in every capacity.

Ways to make it better...

I had the opportunity to personally meet all of our volunteers face to face and thank them for all of their hard work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2012

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September 25, 2012

Volunteers, please be warned! I worked with StandUp for Kids virtually for a project as a graphic designer. What they intentionally neglected to mention was that the project was being passed around to a group of individuals, so that I and others were unknowingly competing against one another to make a product. This is both an unprofessional and reprehensible practice as it represents an intentional exploitation of labor from people kind enough to volunteer their services. I do not recommend volunteering any service for this organization. Furthermore, the organization's founder has recently been arrested on multiple charges of sexual assault against a child. The article can be found on ABC New's site at the following address: http://abcnews.go.com/US/standup-kids-founder-arrested-child-sex-assault/story?id=17263199#.UGJBdVGTUit

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

As a Co-Ed and volunteer for Stand Up for Kids in Tampa, FL, I have found an organization that offers much needed resources and support to a demographic that is virtually unrecognized in FL. Stand Up is an invaluable resource for displaced and homeless youths and without these services these kids would be virtually overlooked.

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

It is a target audience that was virtually unserviced.

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

Very compassionate and dedicated.

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

Alter the scope of homelessness for young people in this nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

StandUp for Kids is an outstanding organization dedicated to the needs of homeless and at-risk youth. As the Co-Executive Director of the San Antonio Chapter, I have a very dedicated team of volunteers who in addition to doing street outreach, help homeless youth with education and job assistance, residential, medical, legal and counseling referrals and assistance to get back home. It's my honor to contribute to the success of the mission of this organization.

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

Helping a young mother of two small children get off the streets and begin her journey of supporting her children. Assisting a young man, a Katrina suvivor, learn how to live independently, work and begin a medical technical training program at Job Corp.

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

The humble young people we serve everyday in this community... their resilience and tenacity in their effort to create a better life for themselves.

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

I've been doing some kind of volunteer work my entire adult life and I have never, ever seen people dedicate this much of their personal time in a volunteer capacity.

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

Hire much needed national and regional staff to support the local chapters and provide outreach centers, which is the most effective way to provide services to homeless youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

Working with StandUp For Kids has given me the opportunity to step into a world that I fortunately never have had to live in but unfortunately I, like most others, also never took the time to understand. Learning what so many of our children have to endure, that they are so utterly alone, forgotten and disrespected is more than enough, actually too much inspiration to keep me involved with StandUp. Working with StandUp For Kids I have learned about the entire homeless community. I have learned how immensely important it is just to acknowledge those who you encounter in your day to day life. I have learned to be smart, stay safe but not to judge someone simply by how they look, smell or how "scary" they appear. The most important thing I have learned is that by just smiling at someone and saying hello I have the power to make a huge positive impact on a strangers life. The hardest thing that I have come to realize while working with StandUp For Kids is that while we strive to do everything that we can to help rehabilitate a damaged kids life, the many small advances that we make very possibly will never "fix" the destruction that has previously occurred. I have to focus on what I as an individual working for the StandUp For Kids program can do to help within my means. I can only do my part and educate and advocate to as many others as I can in hopes that they will step up to be part of the solution as well. One of the most important aspects of StandUp For Kids is that it is an all-volunteer program. It is the sacrifice and dedication of everyday people all across the country that care enough to make a difference in the lives of kids whose parents, family, government and all other sources of love and support have abandoned them. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers - past, present, ongoing and periodic who care enough to make a difference.

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

having a positive impact on the lives of kids who have nothing.

Ways to make it better...

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

update and implement required training methods.

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

the relationships that have developed.

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

passionate and dedicated.

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

help guide homeless youth to setting and achieving goals to improve their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give.

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

funding and maintaining all volunteer programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2009

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September 24, 2009

This organization was researched a couple of different times for the purpose of finding a worthy fit for several philanthropist wishing to donate significant funding. Some of our staff went through the volunteer process anonymously. Our belief was that although this organization has been around for almost 20 years now, it seems to struggle continuously with the same issues. Poor management, lack of proper training for its volunteers, lack of funding, poor internal controls (based on 990's listed on their website), poor communications , and lack of real assistance for the homeless youth culture. Poor management based on several factors: 2007 990's reflect major theft revealing lack of supervision and internal controls, no 990 listed for 2008 as of yet, lack of control of volunteers actions and chapters being so autonomous, national office located in 3 different cities in the past 4 years, website reflects 2 different cities currently as national office on different pages, no current staff member has over 2 years tenure - all points to chapters having very little effect on homeless youth population. Our volunteers were subjected to one weekend trainings (Fri Night - 3 hours, Saturday - 7 hours, Sunday - 6 hours) with the CEO performing the training in one of the cases ( our staff reported a very harsh, demeaning and sometimes downright rude presentation). A volunteer leader with only 6 months experience with the organization presented the training in another case. It was our conclusion that a major lack of training exist in this organization's structure. Homeless youth have immense needs, and if this organization's goal is to feed them with packaged meals, then we felt no funding was needed and if it's their intention to meet any of the other needs a myriad of issues have gone neglected in it's preparation.

Ways to make it better...

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

start with a change of leadership. Major theft, basic website errors, lack of staff tenure speaks to poor management.

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

very new to the organization. Those involved were certainly committed but grossly in the wrong positions of leadership. Trainings were remedial and far too short in scope and length.

Ways to make it better...

I had seen a real effect on the homeless youth population in any of the three cities our staff volunteered in.

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

it's track record. However, an organization is only as strong as its leadership.

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

To this org's credit, it has been successful in staying a float for 20 years and seems to be able to recruit volunteers - now in over 40 cities across the US - it would be nice to see this org step up with better training, management and results.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

This program is an incredible representation of community organizing to address the multisystemic, incredibly complex needs of homeless and runaway youth. And to think it's all done by volunteers who have kids, jobs that pay, and other demands...yet still get out on the streets, and into the shelters, and stay on kids that need guidance, and nurture those that have no other supports... that's an incredible testament to the culture of StandUp For Kids and the power of every community to address the needs of its most vulnerable population.

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

seeking support from partnering community agencies and organizations.

Ways to make it better...

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

improve measurement and evaluation; hire the very best PR and development staff at national level; stop being so humble about what services we provide and changes we make!

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

a feeling of real change and the friendships that come with the youth and volunteers from wide swaths of life

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

incredibly dedicated

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

open drop-in centers and coordinate housing support for thousands of youth around the country.

Ways to make it better...

i had known on day 1 what i know now about volunteer development and community partnerships.

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

growth in numbers of homeless youth met with increased competition for limited funds.

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

for what limited resources the program has, it does one heck of a lot and it never falls through for the kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

I've been involved in getting the New York City chapter up and running again. While the work has been tough and some of the work difficult, knowing that the mission of Stand Up For Kids is to help fight youth homelessness makes it very rewarding. Having such a large city to work in has made the challenge of getting the program up and running challenging and frustrating at times. But I am sure that no matter what the size of the city the issues of recruiting and maintaining volunteers, gaining resources, and helping kids is never easy. SUFK does a great job of providing training for the leadership team and volunteers. One of the great things about working with SUFK is that as a leader, I have the ability to develop the program in ways that are specific to NYC and that don't try to force a standard template on us. I would like to see the forum improved so that there is an easier way for leaders all across the country share their ideas that work and don't work.

Ways to make it better...

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

Develop a better overall fundraising program. I think we don't do nearly enough to get money that can be used to fund scholarships, outreach centers and other programs.

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

I have enjoyed the chance to rebuild a program that can definitely help homeless kids in NYC.

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

I have met a diverse group of volunteers and staff. The great thing is that you do have an opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds.

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

help a lot more kids. I especially think that this money would help the organization operate outreach centers in more cities. This money could also be used to help fund programs that will help the kids get training or education to help build a future.

Ways to make it better...

I had shown a stronger influence early on and been more forceful in beginning outreach at an earlier date.

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

that youth homelessness is becoming a bigger problem because of the economy. In some cities there is also the potential for backlash against homeless youth because people may not understand the real issues at the heart of the issue.

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

It is truly amazing to work with a group of volunteers that are dedicated and freely give their time and energy to such a worthy cause. I think we live in a society that sometimes makes it too easy to be cynical and to lose touch w/our humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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