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November 29, 2012

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November 29, 2012

I retired 12 years ago and found Standup For Kids on a volunteer website. Within a few months I was on the Board of Directors. Like most people, I had no idea of the depth and breadth of the homeless children problem. Without judgement or conditions, we go to the streets with a simple goal: show these kids that there is someone in the world that cares about you...me. Sure, we bring them food. And warm clothing, but if we can gain their trust, we have a chance to get them off the street. Standup gives love and support to these kids, all across the country, when no one else will.

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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

September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

StandUp For Kids is real. It's about helping homeless kids and at risk street youth, and building relationships with kids who have no one else, or have been let down. The volunteers are caring, dedicated and passionate. I am proud to be apart of such a motivated organization that makes its dream a reality by helping one kid at a time and never giving up. When I joined StandUp For Kids this year, I never thought I would get so much out of it. I have met great people, learned new things about this growing problem and ways to address it, as well as a desire to continue helping as much as I can. I had the opportunity to meet Rick Koca at a training, and he truly inspired me to take action. As he says "I didn't have the right to be mad about this problem, if i'm not going to do anything about it". He is exactly right. Those are words to live by.

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

Personally assisting homeless youth in my city with basic necessities such as school supplies, clothing, hygeine packs. Letting them know we care, and we want to help them in any way we can. Its unforunate the things these kids experience at home.

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

Knowing the work we are doing is going to help a homeless or at risk street youth. Showing them there are people who care, and proving it.

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

Passionate, caring and highly motivated people.

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

The first thing I would like to see is an outreach center in each city, so that kids have a safe place to eat, lay their head for a few hours, and rest. A place to feel 'at home', and get the basic necessities they need.

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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