My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Team Continuum Inc, New York, NY, USA
It was the fall of 2004 that Team Continuum came suddenly into my life. Paul Nicholls, Team Continuum’s Founder and first President was referred to the travel agency I worked for. As many of us within the agency had been deeply affected by cancer, we soon began to work with Paul on fund raisers and joint projects with our industry suppliers, in heartfelt support of Team Continuum. As one who has always believed in the power of grass-roots efforts and is very hands-on, a true gift of Team Continuum is being able to see the results of donations of funds and/or time. Whether it is helping out at a Team Continuum fund raiser and getting to talk to a cancer patient and family or attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new wing of a hospital being dedicated to Team Continuum, this organization’s mission is clear. Team Continuum knows that cancer patients, their families and care givers need assistance here and now and this support is given in very real ways. This can be through many diverse ways - direct financial assistance to a family overwhelmed by medical bills or giving children fighting cancer the fun of an afternoon at a Broadway musical. And, speaking of children, it is so impressive to me that the annual Team Continuum Holiday Toy Drive donates to hospitals throughout New York City. While facilities in Manhattan tend to receive most of the attention at the holidays, Team Continuum ensures that children in outer borough hospitals receive gifts. Despite losing Founder Paul Nicholls to cancer two years ago, the mission, innovation and creativity of Team Continuum moves into the future under the leadership of Michael Retsina and Letty Simon.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
A special Christmas gift for me was the privilege of helping a family of from England in New York while the youngest received treatment. A local hotel responded to my request for assistance and donated a two-bedroom suite with a kitchen for the family to enjoy Christmas. I’ll never forget the reaction of the family when they arrived, hearing Christmas music, seeing the tree and all the surprises we had set up. In a letter thanking Team Continuum, the family said it was their best Christmas ever.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
More opportunities to volunteer throughout the year would be welcome. It would be great to have ways other than being on the Marathon Team to participate in Team Continuum’s efforts - through an ongoing project or individual events. I sincerely hope that Team Continuum will be granted the well-deserved recognition on the Top-Rated Health Non-Profit List. Without question, Team Continuum truly makes a difference every single day.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
As I mentioned, having more volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Walking 26.2 miles at one time is not an easy task! Being part of the Team Continuum Marathon team has given this non-athlete proof that you can try something you never thought you would experience and have it change your life. Knowing that the monies raised would help so many people is an incredible bonus. The other specific example of helping to give the visiting family a special Christmas was a deeply moving experience.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
The Marathon experiences - very empowering in a personal sense and pride and gratitude for being able to raise funds to help cancer patients. As one who family has been affected by cancer, this was especially meaningful. And, helping the visiting family at Christmas was a joy and made that Christmas very special - a memory to be treasured.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?