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Review for Community Center And Library Association, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My children and I visit the Library about once a week. We love the new library and particularly the children's room and the children's librarians. In fact, we find all the librarians and volunteers are tremendously friendly and helpful. I also order a lot of books and videos from other libraries in the community, it is quite a useful resource available at absolutely no cost. All libraries are treasures, we feel lucky to have the Cooper Siegel library in our community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Fort Pitt Block House, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Fort Pitt Block House since January of 2012 in helping with their fund raising, but as a native Pittsburgher I have known about the Block House for years. I will admit that I didn't truly understand its historical significance nor did I appreciate the incredible dedication of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Pittsburgh Chapter, who on their own saved the Block House from destruction and since 1894 have preserved and protected this incredible structure. To step inside this building is to step back in time and to imagine a completely different landscape and way of living. The Curator, Emily Hoover, does a fantastic job making history come alive for all visitors - from children on a school field trip to international visitors coming to Pittsburgh for the first time. As compelling to me as the story of the Block House, is the story of the women who have been the stewards of this national treasure for all these years. Hopefully when you visit you will run into one of the ladies of the DAR and they can share their story as well as the story of the Block House.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Advisor
 

Review for Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

In March 2009, we adopted an adult dog "Butch" from the Humane Society, according to my two children (ages 3 and 5), he is the "best dog ever!" At the Humane Society they told us he was between 2 and 3 years old, had Heartworm disease and was rescued from being put to sleep in a shelter in Georgia. He now has a clean bill of health (weighing in at 100 lbs!) and has been the perfect addition to our family. He is very gentle and patient with the kids, someone took the time to train him, he has wonderful manners and is very affectionate and loving with everyone he meets.

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

It just seems silly to me and even wasteful to "buy" a dog when so many are available through animal welfare programs. It is always a risk adopting a dog but that is true whether it is from a shelter or a breeder. The rewards far outweigh the potential risk. Butch is the second "adopted" dog I have owned and I would never get a pet any other way.

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

Get more people to see how easy and rewarding it is to adopt a pet from an animal welfare organization

Role:  Client Served & The best decision we ever made was to adopt a dog from the Humane Society.
 

Review for Pace, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Pace School does a tremendous job with an extremely difficult population to work with - children with autism and emotional/social problems. Every time I am in the building I am amazed at the dedicated and caring staff. I have talked first hand to parents and children whose lives have been changed for the better through their involvement with Pace School. By expanding to Butler and Moon, Pace School is now reaching more children and families in need. It is truly a place with all children can thrive!

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

I have met many children and their families who are students or former students at Pace School and I have heard and seen the impact the school has had on their lives. As a board member, I have experienced how Pace School always puts the children and its mission to provide educational and therapeutic services first when making governance decisions.

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

If the resources were available, I would encourage Pace School to add grades 10 through 12 to its program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Was recruited by an emeritus board member.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & I have served on the Pace School board of directors for more than 10 years, including two years as Board President. I have volunteered and participated for many years on Pace's annual fundraising event - the Race for Pace. I currently chair the Developm.