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March 13, 2012

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March 13, 2012

I have had the pleasure of working with this non-profit from both a hands-on volunteer working directly with the girls benefiting from the groups programming, and as a behind the scenes board member working to manage the organization. The administrative team at work for TIME is dedicated, professional, creative, compassionate and welcoming. They have put together some very beneficial programming for young girls. They try to cater to a volunteers interest, abilities and level of commitment.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 7, 2011

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March 7, 2011

Of course, the impact on the girls and families This Is ME serves is the most important success it’s had, but I would point to the organization’s ability to work with limited resources to make such a strong impact as its greatest success. They owe this to being able to translate their budget from dollar amounts to in-kind opportunities – what/who can they attract and utilize without spending actual money? They look to three important areas: 1) partnering with other groups to use resources efficiently: For example, they don’t have their own space; they currently partner with a park, schools, and a library to drastically reduce overhead. And they work with Girls in the Game, the Junior League of Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services, and others to expand programming opportunities in a number of ways; 2) relying on volunteers to run the organization, including a very active Board of Directors, program directors, a Resource Development Coordinator, a Marketing pro, interns from universities, and dozens of direct and indirect support volunteers, and even the volunteer hours of the Executive Director and other stipened employees; 3) making the most of in-kind donations and free resources. In-kind donations tend to be program and office supplies so they get creative in planning projects and tasks based on what they have on-hand. Free resources tend to be technology products like Mailchimp that allow them to maintain high standards of professionalism without heavy financial investments.

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

every level of the organization from the progress of the Board of Directors to the outcomes of every one of our programs.

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

find a way to have paid full-time staff.

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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

What is unique about this organization?

The level of professionalism and achievement it sustains with limited resources.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I am a former board member and volunteer and current donor. I have been involved with This Is ME for over 10 years and the organization has continued to improve with each year involved in the lives of young girls in Chicago.

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

Watching participants gain confidence in themselves and form positive outlooks on life.

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

try to expand the donor base.

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

Since getting involved with This Is ME, I have been super impressed by the creative solutions and "can do" attitude that the staff, board, and volunteers have to make a difference for adolescent girls. It is clear that everyone involved is clear about the mission of the organization.

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I've witnessed positive changes in girls' esteem and self-expression throughout the duration of a program...it's so heartening to see and so important at that age...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

I recently got involved with this organization that reaches out to young adolescent girls. They provide so many outstanding programs and opportunities for these girls. This is Me is truly making a difference in so many girls' lives. I am honored to be a part of this great organization.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

This Is ME, Inc. is comprised of an incredible team of volunteers and board members that are truly dedicated to bettering the lives of young women in the Chicago area. Attention to detail, care and effort go into every aspect of this non-profit, making it a well organized unit. An inspirational cause, which draws amazingly talented girls, This Is ME, Inc. strives to provide each participant with programs tailored to their interests.

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

fundraising. It is important to ensure that each year the girls will be able to participate in after school/weekend programs that interest them. Although we work hard to make this happen, we are always looking for new and interesting opportunities!!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

I've been a member of the Board of TIME for 2 years, and I've loved every second. I've met such amazing women, worked with incredible girls during the programs, and have learned so much from all of them. My favorite thing about TIME is the passion of everyone involved. It's so wonderful to see such a group of devoted, talented women come together around such a great cause. Every activity, from Board meetings to public events, is inspirational and exciting. I'm so proud of everything we've accomplished, and I so look forward to the future as we continue to grow. I led an 8-week writing workshop for the girls this summer, and I have been so pleased to watch their progress. In the beginning, they were hesitant to even read aloud in front of the group. Now, they're workshopping their pieces with each other, and giving each other constructive, positive feedback. It's always a competition to see who gets to read their own work to the group first! They've become so comfortable and confident with their writing - it's been a privilege to be a part of it.

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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

August 11, 2010

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August 11, 2010

I started volunteering for This Is ME when soon after I moved to Chicago from Boston. I began volunteering as the monthly Logan Square Drop In program. I loved the hands-on programs we delivered to program participants. The girls in the program really seemed so happy and excited to be with us and very open to learning new things and making new friends. Next I joined the Programming Committee and then the Board. I was amazed and continue to be amazed at the talent women in this organization who make time from their very busy schedules to make this program the best it can be. It's a very supportive, fun environment for volunteers and Board members alike! I cannot say enough good things about this organization!

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In addition to being a Board member, I also am the Program Director for the Logan Square monthly drop in program so I have the pleasure of working with the girls we serve directly.

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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

August 7, 2010

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August 7, 2010

I have had the pleasure of being a part of This Is Me from the start. I have watched it grow to reach the incredible number of girls that it does today thanks to the tireless efforts of its leadership and strong volunteer base. I look forward to witnessing This Is Me continue to make an impact on shaping the lives of Chicago's young women for years to come.

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This is Me does a great job in sharing the successes/ milestones of its members while always remaining mindful of the trust that their young members put in the organization. Year after year we hear about the progress that the individuals make through the monthly newsletter and at various This Is Me sponsored events.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2010

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June 8, 2010

I think that all the volunteers here are great. I don’t think of them as volunteers, I think of them as good friends. I think all their activities were interesting. If I could write a whole list of good things about them, my hand will fall off. They are wonderful. They are all great role models.

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

the programs I participate in.

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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

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