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AIRPORT MARINA COUNSELING SERVICE
February 12, 2010

Airport Marina Counseling Service has been providing individual and group, counseling service for over forty-five years. They are engaging students at several schools and the Venice Boys & Girls Club changing the attitudes of our young who are often hostile and searching for themselves. Some of the students want to extend their counseling. Way to go AMCS!

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

seeing clients who seem pleasant and smile while in the waiting lobby area. I am certain they have troubling issues; however, they seem to be pleased to have the service to assist them with traversing their issures.

Ways to make it better...

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

allow for patients being referred by physicians in Inglewood to be serviced although they have Medicare and Medical Insurance, because AMCS does accept insurance from other carriers. This would provide more revenue.

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

I enjoy working with all the board members who contribute so much to the organization. I especially like the Westchester Mental Health Guild who has volunteers that operate the Guilded Cage Gift Shop and contribute their funds to AMCS.

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

The staff and volunteers are all dedicated to the services. The interns who are training at AMCS are so pleased to be providing their expertise and warm and directed therapy that it makes me pleased to be a volunteer there.

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

expand its work to more communities throughout Los Angeles with more satellite sites and build onto the building it owns by placing a second floor onto the building. This would provide more counseling rooms and the opportunity to assist more clients.

Ways to make it better...

AMCS focused more on extending service to Inglewood, CA which is why I was asked to become a board member.

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

not having enough operating funds due to the economic environment and the mindset not to accept government funds because of the massive paperwork required. Acceptance of patients, especially those with Medicare, even though it's government, would help.

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

The organization has done excellent work with adults as well as children. Even with the change in staff AMCS still operates with effectiveness helping those in the surrounding communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I serve on the board, establish policies, provide pet gift baskets for their events.

Tickets for Kids Charities
May 19, 2008

We have received tickets twice from Tickets for Kids as a referral from Cirque du Soleil. One agency for foster children and on which I serve as board secretary; and another student enterprise nonprofit, for which I received the Volunteer of the Year Award 2004-2005 were recipients. We saw Delirium several years ago; and last year we saw Corteo. Both groups of children and parents were most grateful for having received tickets to experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil. We are most grateful to Tickets for Kids as both recipient agencies are located in Los Angeles, CA and the foundation is in Pittsburgh. You see distance is not a hinderance. This is a great group and we appreciate them very much. The children now know what possibilities there are for creation of music, costumes, stories, and entertainment that is not ordinary.

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

the children and parents benefitting from a unique experience.

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

They are professional and caring - working hard to see that children, parents, and staff receive an experience that broadens their knowledge and experiences.

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

benefit more children who usually are ex posed mainly to Disneyland, Magic Mountain, and other familiar amusement parks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

MY ROLE:
Client Served & Tickets to two Cirque du Soleil Shows for two organizations.