BALDWIN CENTER INC
November 21, 2011
I had been in search of a non-profit organization to volunteer my spare time to. Fortunately, through work connections, I was able to learn about the Baldwin Center. However, listening to a description of it doesn't do justice to what it feels like when you actually go see it and help. That's when you truly understand the meaning and can't help but want to join in the effort to feed, clothe, and empower people. The Baldwin Center is unique in that it not only helps those in need immediately, but is trying to help the youth avoid the notion that their current condition is the only situation they are capable of in the future. Not every non-profit out there provides a free meal, and offers tutoring and after school activities to the youth. How many non-profits are going "GREEN" and teaching gardening skills? How many non-profits have a play room for the kids and teach arts and crafts? Many people would stop at doing any one of these, yet the Baldwin Center is attempting to empower people who feel that they have absolutely nothing left with the skills and the tools to help them change their current situation. The staff that works at the Baldwin Center explains it best. When they give you a tour, they don't tell you where they need help or suggest what you can donate. They walk you around, describe what their goals are, and tell you to keep an open mind and listen to your heart. It's your heart that will tell you what difference you can make. After spending just a few minutes in this facility, you cannot help but humbly "hear" what you can do.
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The greatest gift you can receive is honestly when you give back and see that it makes a difference. The clients who come into the Baldwin Center need all the help we can possibly give them. I think one of the best moments I have had so far, was realizing how happy I was that some of the same clients returned the next day. In some small way, I felt that I had contributed to them surviving just another day.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I only encourage this organization to advertise and get the word out, especially outside of Pontiac. There are surrounding communities that would help.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I have volunteered in the kitchen at the Baldwin Center the last two weekends.