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December 4, 2014

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December 4, 2014

The Chelsea Foundation's mission as a non-profit is to provide children/students with tools that will help them succeed both in the classroom, and later in life. These tools include encouraging literacy, helping them to think creatively, and rewarding their effort. They think that, especially with students under age 12, if they are taught these skills, they will fare better in school, and in life. I have been working with them, on-and-off, since the summer of 2013. I can honestly say, based on my work with them, that I could not have found a better way to both gain work experience, and get myself a good reference for when I am out in the working world. I have done a few different projects with them, such as editing stories from their online magazine, Chelsea's Beacon, to converting a longer story of theirs into a screen-play (which was my first project with them), to editing a grant request, and I also wrote an article for a magazine that they are looking to distribute to the schools that they work with. I am currently in the middle of writing another article for them, pertaining to Asperger's Syndrome. Kathleen, the Executive Director whom I exchange e-mails with, has been very helpful to me. She is always eager to find something for me to do, and is always very cheerful in her e-mails to me. The Chelsea Foundation has been a good start for me, as I look to become a professional writer in my adult life, and I think that anyone, now or in the future, who works with them will benefit from that experience.
December 3, 2014

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December 3, 2014

I have been volunteering as a writer and proofreader with The Chelsea Foundation since the Spring. My experience thus far has been so rewarding. It gives me the opportunity to use my passion of writing to help youth become more involved in education. Education is crucial, but sadly overlooked by many young people. The Chelsea Foundation encourages young people to find their voice in whatever drives them and makes the world a better place! Kathleen is a beautiful person and leader. I believe the work of her foundation will do great things for our future.
August 19, 2013

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August 19, 2013

If I were to start a nonprofit organization, the general idea would likely be similar to The Chelsea Foundation's mission. Lightening a teacher's load and helping children set and achieve goals--what could be a better focus for a nonprofit to make today's life easier for educators and students and tomorrow's world better for everyone?

Children (and adults, for that matter) can get hours of enjoyment reading the online stories and articles in _Chelsea's Beacon_ for FREE. If readers learn something while enjoying themselves, so much the better.

I've only been volunteering a week and I'm amazed at all the thoughtful ideas from the various awards to the magazine are available. Although I live several states away and haven't met any of the other volunteers or staff members in person, I feel as if I'm a part of an excellent team.

I'm thrilled to have discovered The Chelsea Foundation and their website. I'm honored to be a part of their good work.

Ways to make it better...

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

get more people involved, both as volunteers and as users.

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 7, 2011
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October 7, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

If you believe in education, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. If you believe in children, then you would think the Chelsea Foundation is a worthy cause. I started volunteering with this organization five years ago and am as dedicated to it as ever. Though I have never met any of the other wonderful volunteers I work with or Kathleen, the foundation's stellar, persistent and caring executive, I feel as though I have met them. Emails from Kathleen or the Foundation are a bright part of my day and I look forward to continue serving this cause!

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

Growing me personally and widening my understanding of our nation's education needs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get it funded!

September 23, 2011

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September 23, 2011

As a former board member, I was involved in helping plan and carry out several Braves fundraisers. 2005, 2006, 2007
It was fun, friendly competition among the volunteers.
I have been to visit the DOE of Ga. and met with staff to discuss the journal, awards, and distribution of the
Beacon, the newspaper for the Chelsea Foundation.
Kathleen, has a vision to enhance the education experience. Jennie Glasgow has been a wonderful addition to the Chelsea Foundation.
It is exciting to see how much progress has been made.
Debbie Yost

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My association with the organization has been noted by some of my customers, and vendors. There is a great deal of merchandising opportunity with the characters that have been developed for the Beacon (the newspaper).

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep on contacting the folks that could benefit from a deeper, broader, and exciting education experience. Perhaps, this could be an app!

September 22, 2011

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September 22, 2011

I have been working with the Chelsea Foundation for 6 years. Kathleen has a vision and is persistent enough to make this vision a reality. This is why I have stayed with the organization for so long.

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

the fact that I feel I am helping a worthwhile organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

ask more people to volunteer so Kathleen does not have to do so much.

September 21, 2011

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1 previous review
September 30, 2010

I love making inspiring art for children, so when I read about The Chelsea Foundation, I knew it was the place for me. The whole world they've created promotes family, dreams, happiness, and safety. ... more

September 21, 2011

Kathleen O'Malley Brown, Executive Director and founder of The Chelsea Foundation, is a prolific and generous woman who's seen her vision of a better educational environment for all children from conception to realization. She is involved in every facet of the foundation and works tirelessly to polish the project as a whole. One of the ways she achieves that is by recruiting the best, brightest, and most dedicated professionals in such fields as illustration, creative writing, and education. I am priviledged to work with such people in the creation of The Chelsea Foundation's flagship publication, Chelsea's Beacon.
Kathleen is available with constant guidance for me, as I create illustrations to flesh out the inspiring stories of the authors. Stories and subjects are often worked on by teams, and we are able to give the feedback needed to make Chelsea's Beacon perfect. And all of this is put together with a diverse group of people across the globe, working inside the virtual word towards a common goal: an educational and entertaining format for teachers and students.

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

My own growth as an emerging artist.

Ways to make it better...

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

Flesh out their networking.

September 30, 2010

I love making inspiring art for children, so when I read about The Chelsea Foundation, I knew it was the place for me. The whole world they've created promotes family, dreams, happiness, and safety. The residents of Castle Land are charming, smart, and lovable. It's really a very beautiful tapestry that The Chelsea Foundation is weaving together!

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the moment I joined up with The Chelsea Foundation, I experienced the kindness and hospitality of the staff. Executive Director Kathleen O'Malley Brown has a real passion for the work she does that's both admirable and inspiring.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011

In these tough economic times in which funding for educations is being cut severely, this nonprofit organization is offering free assistance to teachers and students. They are truly dedicated to offering sound educational activities which can be used in and out of the classroom free of charge!

As a retired teacher, I appreciate their effort, and I offered my services to assist in their noble endeavor.

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

the compilation of the educational magazine and its contents

Ways to make it better...

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

expand the permanent staff

September 19, 2011

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1 previous review
August 4, 2009

For me the Quality Effort Award Program is about the children! Children have been central in my life as far back as I can remember; parents marveled over what I could accomplish in behavior changes t... more

September 19, 2011

If I knew the kind of work load I was putting ahead of myself I might not have agreed to commit to this non profit when my son asked. He had experienced the Quality Effort Award as a child, and witness himself the impact it had on his classmates. He knew that the program took him from a failing reader of 1.6 to a 3.9 in less than three months. He wanted to share it with every failing reader in America, because he knew what a difference it could make. He knew that all children can read, if given the right kind of encouragement. They can become good readers as he did, without being held back. So he asked if I would not and encouraged me every time we hit a road block, giving poignant advice.

So I have worked, and worked, volunteering thousands of hours of time to make this happen, and soon we will have finally pulled it all together. It would not have happened without the dedication of many. We are blessed with some amazing, and committed volunteers. We never hit a roadblock where everyone did not meet it with suggestions that produced solutions.

Today we begin taking literacy across curriculum, helping teachers to help their students to become all that they want to be.

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How can I describe experiencing the contribution of our volunteers. Artists would send in illustrations and I would cry when I opened their attachments. Writers would send in their work, each adding, "I hope you like it!" I would have to send it off to every board member to read it was that good. I experienced phone calls from volunteers who could not wait for a response to their e-mail, eager to start. Its been a roller coaster ride that I would never have missed, no matter the work or challenges!

Ways to make it better...

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

put together a paid staff. It would be more dependable to keep the work flowing. We want the magazine to be monthly, one that children can anticipate and count on. Many of our volunteers are on the job market. I have to ignore that, knowing that we could lose them when they start a paying job. It is reasonable to want them to find jobs, luckily as one leaves another shows up; its a magical mystery!

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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

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

Put in place a full time paid staff that can keep the work flowing without interruptions.

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

I have owned businesses that were for profit. I sold to non profits, I even worked as a business consultant, but I learned I knew nothing about the nonprofit world. At a retiring age I had to start from scratch. Its been a ride! The volunteers being the best. Friends that when life took them in a different direction you felt the loss, not the work, but the friendship, the conversations, the brainstorming.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Energized, it gets me up in the morning and puts me to sleep at night, and I swear I work it in my dreams, because I wake up with solutions. I make jokes with my adviser that when I sleep I consult with those in heaven. They give me ideas, solutions, and send the people we need. Its made me a believer; actually I always was, but this experience has assured me that what I knew to be true is true. Someone greater than us cares as much as we do!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 4, 2009

For me the Quality Effort Award Program is about the children! Children have been central in my life as far back as I can remember; parents marveled over what I could accomplish in behavior changes that they could not. My answer was always the same - I zeroed in on what motivated them, not collectively, but individually, explaining why I remain committed to this program. Individual motivation is central to this program, and why it works!

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

the pleasure children display when they learn that their writings and/or illustrations will be published.

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

the number of marvelouse people I have met.

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

and are dedicated, thoughtful, and cooperative.

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

no will change the world, because where goes America's children so goes the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

I have only recently joined Chelsea's Beacon as a writer, but it already holds a very special place in my heart. I was so taken aback at the kindness of the volunteer staff. We all share the love of reading and, as adults, aspire to share that love with children -- especially as arts education is declining across the country.

Chelsea's mission is to motivate and inspire children's literacy and creative thinking. I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of it! Through my stories about "Gabby Gorilla" I hope to boost children's self-confidence, adventurous spirits and curious minds. We are all very dedicated to Chelsea's Beacon and to the kids who dream along with us. I can't wait to see the newest issue! And I can't wait to see the creative work Chelsea's team has inspired in its young readers!

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

Reading the magazine! It is beautiful, and its creators' hearts are in every page.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'm not sure it needs change, but certainly support. The volunteer staff is very generous. Many are working day and night to organize, edit and produce Chelsea's Beacon...and that is in addition to their full-time occupations. Technical and financial support would certainly boost this organization's ability to reach (and inspire) greater numbers of children.

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