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Operation Understanding DC
September 26, 2010

I have been a donor for three years. In a time when we cannot justify many contributions because of the squeeze of the economic situation, we have been consistent in our support of OUDC. We feel that if we need to work with teens to learn about others and celebrate their differences in order to leave them a better world than they came into. OUDC does this in bucketfuls.

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

volunteering and parenting two participants in OUDC.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the size of its class so that more people can participate and benefit from it.

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

the variety of people who are served and brought together as its own posse every year.

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

exceptional, thoughtful, thought-provoking, caring of all members of the family

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

branch out to more people in this area and then to other metro areas.

Ways to make it better...

parents were allowed to participate in a parallel program (and journey) with our children.

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

continuing funding. The class size was reduced this year by 25% because of funding issues.

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

We have been so fortunate to have been involved and that all members of my nuclear family have benefited from this organization aimed at teenagers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & Support of the participants and staff.

Operation Understanding DC
August 8, 2009

As a parent of a student in Class 13, I know that my daughter's experience that year has taught her much about two wonderful cultures, although one she was born into. Since it is a year long program she has had time to process what she has learned and work out any additional issues within the closeness of OUDC. But even more importantly, she has also learned how to talk to people who say offensive or factually incorrect things about other people (not limited to African Americans or Jews). She sees herself, her classmates and OUDC as a community of people who understand and promote equality everywhere. I feel that we are fortunate to have this opportunity for our kids because we live somewhere where OUDC exists, we fit the profile and we believe. OUDC Rocks!!

Ways to make it better...

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

not have the kids shop in Walmart when they are on the journey - nothing more significant than that because otherwise it is great.

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

very impressive. I have met students from many of the past 15 classes and found everyone to be thoughtful and impressive. I find myself wondering, -do they choose the right people to be involved or are the right people those who apply?

Ways to make it better...

they had a few more programs where the parents got to do some of the same exercises as the students in the winter session.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & I donate money and any resources I can to this organization, including recruitment for the next class.