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October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

I have been working with the Volunteer USA foundation in connection with their Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program and their Family Literacy Initiative program. I have found that the Foundation staff and volunteers have a real commitment to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families. The Foundation makes use of data collection and evaluation to improve their programs and to measure the change that their efforts have produced for the people they serve.

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

The staff have put forth a great deal of effort to ensure that information needed to demonstrate program accountability and participant benefit is collected and evaluated while ensuring the data collection task is managable for volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

I HAVE ACTED AS ADVISOR FOR THE TEEN TRENDSETTER PROGRAM FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS. BOTH THE TEENS AND THE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS GET SO EXCITED TO BE IN A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP. STUDENTS ON BOTH ENDS MAKE A TREMENDOUS COMMITMENT AND ARE MAKING A SPASH IN THE COMMUNITY. PRINCIPALS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ALL COME TOGETHER TO ADVANCE READING SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENT. THE EFFORT BUILDS COMMUNITY AND BRINGS SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS TO THE YOUNG STRUGGLING READERS--A TRUE EFFORT FOR NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. SUPPORTERS IN THE PAST INCLUDE FPL AND THIS YEAR COMCAST AND STATE FARM INSURANCE. IT'S A WIN-WIN, STRUCTURED, RELEVANT AND MUCH NEEDED SCHOOL-COMMUNITY EFFORT!

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

advising the high school mentors

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

With high school work schedules and the economy, I would reduce the number of sessions required for a legitimate program. Offer extra recognition for those mentors who actually are mentoring after their own school hours rather than during the school day.

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

seeing the look on the children's faces when their big buddies (Trendsetters) show up.

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

Enthusiastic, competent, dedicated

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

Pay the teens to mentor, and more than likely contribute to the absolute success of thousands of elementary school students.

Ways to make it better...

Our computers interfaced better

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

Meeting the required commitment--issues such as transportation, time, conflicting schedules, economy, supervision on both ends (high school, elementary school--meeting needs of everyone.

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

There is considerable potential for this program. Everyone involved is enthusiastic and committed and supportive. Confounding variables become barriers, but it has never been the result of a lack of desire or belief in the validity of this effort!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

My experience with the Volunteer USA Foundation has been in the area of program development, training, and curriculum design. Their programs serving families and youth are exemplary and provide opportunities for personal growth and educational success. Staff and volunteer efforts ensure that families receive quality services and continuous support. The commitment to excellence is shared by all.

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

dedicated professionals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 2, 2009

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October 2, 2009

Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors Program is an outstanding program of Volunteer USA! This wonderful leadership development opportunity for Teens allows them to be change agents in their community. Great work Teen Trendsetters staff!!

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

the staff and their appraent leadership

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

Teen Trendsetters has grown to be an outstanding program that impacts the lives of many teens throughout the state of Florida and the southeast US. I am especially pleased with the focus on the environment. Volunteer USA is aware of how important it is that our children know and understand the environment.

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

The dedication of the staff to their jobs and the people they serve.

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

I am a parent of a Deaf daughter. The Deaf Family Literacy Academy is a wonderful program for families with Deaf children. It brings together hearing families, deaf families, and professionals to help hearing parents learn to communicate with their deaf children through ASL and English/and other languages. The mentorship that DFLA provides to parents is invaluable. Thanks to Volunteer USA Foundation for recognizing this very valuable program.

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

Meeting other families.

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

Reach out to families across the US who have Deaf children and are struggling to find Deaf mentors and fluent language modes in American Sign language so that they can learn to communicate fluently and effectively with their deaf children.

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

I would like to write a short review on the incredible work the Deaf Family Literacy Academy has done, is doing and hopefully will continue to be supported in doing. This organization fills a critical gap in services for our deaf and hard of hearing children. I have been honored to do some trainings and workshops for their mentors and parent groups. The feedback is always the same. Parents are absolutely thrilled with the resources, activities and real support they receive from the DFLA. I am continually amazed at the level of service they provide and the opportunities they extend to their participants. It is a pleasure to watch the growth and impact this group has on the well-being and literacy development of the DHH child. Their workers are a group of serious minded, whole- heartedly committed professionals who believe in the innate abilities of the DHH child and seek to bring literacy to them in tangible ways where traditional avenues have failed. Thank you for funding this academy! You have no idea the far-reaching influence it has on the overall development of the children, their families and society.

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

Anecdotes and praises shared by parents who prior to working with AFDC were feeling hopeless and not knowing what to do to help their child develop literacy skills.

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

The forward momentum! This is a group that others will unquestionably want to model and set up in their own areas. Their ideas, activities and academic direction are grounded in theory.

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

The kind you want on your staff! They are the ones who go the extra mile, are not concerned about their paycheck but instead about the service they are providing.

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

Replicate itself to serve a greater number of children and their families across the country! THIS is tax money well-spent as it provides "fishing lessons" rather than fish for the day!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 1, 2009

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October 1, 2009

This organization is committed to the education of parents and children. As an educator I appreciate their work with Teen Trendsetters and Love. Read. Learn! Parents are the key to success in education and Volunteer USA believes in the power of parents.

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

Exemplary. Professional and courteous. A pleasure to work with and learn from.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 28, 2009

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September 28, 2009

Family Services of Metro Orlando partnered with Volunteer USA Foundation to pilot a new foster youth mentoring program in central Florida. Volunteer USA Foundation staff are professional, and the organization consistently reflects our values of innovation and leadership.

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

Successful promotion of the new partnership with my organization.

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

Professionalism of the staff.

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

Knowledgeable and responsive.

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

Expand its foster youth mentoring program statewide and recruit and train more mentors.

Ways to make it better...

The Foundation were based in central Florida.

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

Capitalization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

My name is Patricia Greene and I have worked with the Volunteer USA Foundation and its founder Liza McFadden through my association with the Florida Girl Scouts Legislative Network. The sheer dedication to its mission that this organization embodies makes it topnotch and why I will continue to support it.

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

outstanding and truly dedicated!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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