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March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Ever since I was an intern at The Women's Center 3 years ago it has been my life's mission to make the whole world more like this organization! There is simoply no place I have found that provides such supportive, dignified services in such a genuinely caring and respectful manner.

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The exceptional training I received there as well as results I have seen for women who receive services at the center.

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Give them more money!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

The Women's Center (TWC) of Southeastern Michigan provides services that are otherwise sorely lacking in the community, and in some cases in the surrounding region. The small paid staff, troupe of interns and bevy of volunteers create an atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment that I have experienced no where else.

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By taking advantage of the many program offerings, I have become more informed about issues that serve to disempower women, and what steps I can take that will made a difference in my own life, and the lives of those around me!

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Give them more money! These hard working women and men are going incredible work here!!!

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

I've been an admirer of the Women's Center since it's embryonic days. I had the good fortune to serve two terms on the board, and have recently served as co-chair of an event that celebrated one of our nation's heroines--Jean Ledwith King--and the center's new name. In my years working with and on-behalf of the center, I've worked closely with the executive director Kim Cumming, gotten to know the staff and interns, and have seen first hand the powerful impact the center has made on our community. Drawing from its feminist values, the center is a fount of creativity, good will, brilliant management of limited resources, and unflinching dedication to the women, girls, and families in our community. The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan embodies the values and deep commitment to justice that Jean King's life exemplifies. I am proud of the Center and hold it out to all of us as benchmark for non-profits that truly 'walks its talk' and makes good things happen.

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

My work with the staff as a consultant and board member as well as my awareness of the remarkable number of women and families whose lives have been measurably psychologically and economically enhanced as a consequence of their connection to the center.

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I'd double their budget and double their staff. What they accomplish with their existing resources is remarkable.

March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

As the front desk volunteer I see many women (and some men) come in for counseling looking glum or apprehensive and leaving with a smile on their faces. Clearly something is working right during their sessions.

The Women's Center also offers financial counseling and my heart goes out
to the clients when I hear their needs requiring financial help. The Jobs Workshop also serves many people each week with help regarding resumes and job searches.

I am glad to be able to help such a worthy organization.

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

Seeing clients before and after counseling sessions.

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

Add more interns to shorten the wait for counseling.

July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

I came to The Women's Center when I was a mature student in a Master's of Social Work program with an idea for a program the community didn't have, information about the Earned Income Tax Credit and the assistance to help folks access this important tax credit for the working poor. A few years later I was hired and now am a staff member. The program is in it's eighth year, has a stable group of committed volunteers and scores of loyal and new clients every spring. This year we are establishing year round access to income tax preparation assistance. Individuals and families can electronically file current taxes with the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable, committed volunteer. Although it is a little more difficult we assist folks file past year taxes as well. I serve as the volunteer coordinator and we literally could not run our agency without our loyal, responsible, generous, and committed volunteers. I cannot say enough good things about them. I have been a social worker for over 30 years and this is one of the most responsible, concerned, committed agency I have ever worked at. I feel lucky to be employed at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. We help women change their lives everyday and I find great joy and gratification from that fact.

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

the number of calls, letters, donations we receive from women who are SO thankful for the assistance they received from TWC as they worked to change their lives.

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

the joy and gratification I feel when I hear or see the women (and men) we have helped!

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

very caring and generous!

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

relax a little bit!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 9, 2010

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June 9, 2010

I started volunteering at the Women's Center of SEM a few years ago, and I was a little nervous about working the front desk where calls would come in from sometimes desperate women who needed help; help with living expenses, help with a divorce or abusive spouse, help with taxes, help with a legal problem,help finding a job. You name it,the Women's Center received the calls. But there are so many resources out there, and if the Women's Center staff, volunteers and counselors couldn't actually provide the help needed, we were able to connect callers up with someone who could. It was very rewarding work, and I often left for the day feeling like I had really helped someone in need. I think the staff is fabulous and very caring, and they show every day how much they value volunteers. It's gotta be the best place in town to volunteer!

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

preparation of my income taxes and those of my mother

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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

June 8, 2010

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June 8, 2010

The women were a delight to work with and really appreciate our support. I just know that the money we raised is going to an amazing cause. I see the results first hand with new programs such as the free legal clinic for women.

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Watching my roommates help put together a legal clinic for women, as well as organizing the many sets of clothing we have donated in an effort to help women look more professional for interviews.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

I helped the staff and other volunteers get the Center's new space ready in the summer of 2009, largely by helping with painting. This brought me into informal contact with Center staff and volunteers. The center has attracted a very high-quality and high-energy staff and volunteer following! As this is a Women's Center, I myself am not part of their audience, but I can see from the people that are collected there that they bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their tasks and goals. If I were a woman and in need of the services provided at the Center, I would find the opportunities, support and people breath-taking, I have to say.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 2, 2010

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June 2, 2010

I have personally been involved with this organization since its inception. I knew 2 of the founders personally and have gotten to know Kim (the current Executive Director) since she started with the Women's Center. These are amazing women who started the center and Kim, who continues to run The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan! They give their heart and soul to make everyone who is impacted by the center, feel like they have an extended family. When life is challenging enough, this group helps keep people grounded and able to find a new starting place or know that they can move on better than before. Everytime I visit the center, I am constantly reminded of the warmth of the staff and the caring way they help each client who comes in the door--whether it is for basic tax filing, job coaching, counseling thru tough times, or financial/legal support. It's truly an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization!

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I've seen this organization come from a very grass roots level to where it is today. It would be wonderful to see this organization leap from its current level to an even greater, sustainable level going forward. They have so much to offer the public.

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

the incredibly talented an caring folks who run it!

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

all genuine and interested in helping whomever was in need.

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

do so much more than it already has done and be able to reach so many more folks who need various kinds of support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

I have had the opportunity to watch the Women's Center grow over the past6-7 years. They have touched the lives of many people in a positive direction, including myself. The Women's Center has a staff of some truly amazing people that are there out of the goodness of their hearts to help people. The Women's Center is an honest hard working organization that is affordable and gives people hope and a chance that they thought they didn't have. I will continue to support the Women's Center anyway that I can.

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

I have had a couple of job coaching sessions to help build my resume and plan to seek other services that they offer as well as continuing the job coaching.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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