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All Our Kin
October 1, 2013

When I moved home to New Haven, I wanted to get involved with a non-profit affecting social change, and making a measurable impact in an efficient manner. In finding All Our Kin, I lucked out. This organization is a simple model which specifically targets the economic and educational disparities existing in my hometown. All Our Kin improves the quality of home based childcare for the youngest citizens, which has noted effects: the CHILDREN are prepared for school in safe, nurturing environments; WOMEN (often under educated and under employed) receive quality training to operate home based businesses caring for these children; and, PARENTS with young children feel assured that their children are well cared for and re-enter the labor force themselves. There are not many organizations that improve the lives of so many people in a community. Much of this is only possible because of the clarity, focus and devotion of the staff at All Our Kin.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them enough money that their efforts could be solely focused on improving home based child care and not diverted by the necessary task of securing funding.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

All Our Kin
November 9, 2012

As a board member, donor and citizen, I want to see a non-profit organization mindfully progress, providing needed services efficiently, constantly evaluating and improving their offerings. AOK blows me away and thankfully, they are receiving the deserved recognition for the huge impact their services make on children, women, families and communities.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

All Our Kin
August 18, 2009

A person would be hard-pressed to find an organization which provides such meaningful services positively affecting so many people. AOK helps low income individuals open quality, licensed home based child card programs. This improves the individual's confidence, income level and quality of life, while giving their children and the children of their neighbors the tools they need to be successful once in school, and freeing the parents of other children to also find work. It is an uplifting cycle rather than the vicious cycles so often seen in the communities AOK serves. The service AOK provides can change the fabric of a neighborhood.

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

passionate, engaged, well-informed and creative.

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

sustain its mission fully in the community of New Haven without constant fund-raising efforts and launch consulting efforts to bring their methods to other cities and towns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a board member, a committee member and a donor.