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LIGHTHOUSE INC
November 10, 2012

I can remember a time on heaventrain when a little boy had come to heaventrain and we were doing the summer feeding program; the kids 18 and under got a chance to eat a delicious hot meal with cold milk and carrots. While we were packing up to leave, we were giving away extras to the kids who wanted them (because we had a set amount and we had to pay for that amount any way) when this boy's mom walks up to all of our staff with tears in her eyes, hugging us and saying that they didnt have any food and didnt know what to tell the children. She said that heaventrain blessed their family with the sandwhiches and milk, which would feed her 4 children. Since this was our last stop of the day, we gave them our last box of sandwhiches and milks. For over 32 years, heaventrain has been quietly serving and blessing the community; and is able to build lasting relationships through holiday food drives, giving out coats for kids, and the numerous tutoring programs and extracricular activities students can be involved in after school. In the words of another heaventrain parent, heaventrain is a blessing and dont ever stop serving. Non-profits like this nowadays are rare and so thats why i nominate heaventrain for this grant.

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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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

LIGHTHOUSE INC
July 23, 2011

I started off going to the heaventrain as a young teenager. I wrote an essay for the heaventrain and Pastor Phill and the staff invited me to join the staff but, i really didnt know them and since id already almost been snatched up twice, i decided to hold off and watch them. That was five years ago, and when i tell people this story they're baffled because they couldnt see themselves living in these neighborhoods facing the struggles these people are facing today. The heaventrain served as something to look forward to; seeing as society is so rough these days.

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

The community. I can't help smile when i walk into a store or down a street and a little kid or parent recognizes me and says he was on the heaventrain!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make sure that everybody knew if the heaventrain was going to be running or not the night before; that way we dont have people come out get lost or jumped on. Like maybe give everybody walkie talkies or something...

More feedback

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

We need to get some cold water or juice in the summertime when it gets extremely hot.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It did because i was able to meet new people and it showed me that everybody is the same no matter what color they are.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes me feel special; it makes me feel like i belong somewhere, makes me feel like im wanted.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped pass out food, sang for the children, manned the clipboards, and now im controling the door.