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BEYOND HUNGER INC
November 23, 2011

Beyond Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals overcome the obsession with food and weight and find a natural, loving and peaceful relationship with their food, weight, and selves. They provide support groups, workshops and education for adults and adolescents with eating disorders. Beyond Hunger uses a non-diet approach to explore body hatred and the psychological, cultural and spiritual issues underlying disorder eating.

As part of the Peer Education Program, Beyond Hunger has trained peer educators (ages 15-22) to teach teens about body image issues and eating disorder prevention through classroom presentations.

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

They give a lot of service, they have a lot of heart, they have made a big difference in a lot of ways, especially intervening with teens so as to help improve healthy body image before it becomes a life-long problem.

Ways to make it better...

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

Some specific goals: Establish a national and international presence via the Internet; Expand Beyond Hunger's public outreach through more presentations and workshops within schools and Community Centers; Address cultural pressures of at-risk youth; Provide training for therapists throughout the country; Establish support groups for men and boys; Establish support groups for families of individuals who suffer from disordered eating. Provide support groups throughout the entire San Francisco Bay area.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Have referred people to their groups with frequency.

EATING DISORDERS RESOURCE CENTER
November 23, 2011


The mission of Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC) is to increase awareness and understanding of eating disorders for the general public and for health professionals; to promote early diagnosis, effective treatment, and recovery; and to advocate for mental health parity legislation and effective insurance coverage.

EDRC has done a lot of work in the schools, trained many professionals in the South Bay, provided free support groups for those in recovery. EDRC maintains a comprehensive on-line resource directory of treating professionals.

EDRC responds to calls and emails from patients, family members, clinics and health care professionals requesting support and information, treatment options, and help with navigating the health care and insurance systems. EDRC offers an education and outreach program on the early detection and intervention of eating disorders. EDRC facilitates monthly support groups for sufferers and their families and friends.

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

Numbers of clients given resource referrals, numbers of people served in their support groups, numbers of professionals better trained by virtue of their speakers; and lots more, see their website!

Ways to make it better...

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

EDRC is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the following activities: • Promote and expand the current support groups in the area; Help with administrative assistant duties, such as filing, mailing, etc.; Coordinate community awareness activities for Eating Disorders Awareness Week in February; Coordinate and promote events, such as our annual essay contest and NEDA Walk If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please contact us at info@edrcsv.org or call us at (408) 559-5593.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have interfaced with them, with frequency, for exchanges of important information.

EATING DISORDER RECOVERY SUPPORT EDRS INC
November 23, 2011

This charity has grown fabulously in recent years, putting on higher and higher quality conferences, and incrementally being able to offer more and more treatment scholarships. The Board members are wonderfully and actively engaged, and involved in making the non-profit flourish. I have been very impressed by the growing levels of professionalism and growing levels of what they have taken on to do!

The Great!

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

treatment scholarships for 3 people I have personally known or known of; conferences I have attended and/or presented at

Ways to make it better...

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

want them to become better known!

MY ROLE:
Board Member & one of several Board members.

ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONALS TREATING EATING DISORDERS
November 23, 2011

APTED, the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders provides many functions. Overall, we aim to offer information, support, and referral information to those in recovery from eating disorders and their family and loved ones. We offer direct service -- individual psychotherapy, group therapy, couples & family therapy -- through our sliding-scale clinic and further support in our supportive living residence. We educate professionals working with this population, have a formal training program for professionals training to work with these populations, and offer networking opportunities for the professionals to build the teams they need to work successfully with eating disorder patients. We also have a prevention division, networking with school counselors, and offering prevention groups for girls 8 to 11 years old, with their Moms, to build healthy self-esteem and body image.

The Great!

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

Numbers of clients helped, numbers of professionals trained, numbers of families and/or clients given referral information, numbers of agencies given in-service trainings

Ways to make it better...

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

Want to get more Board members, want help making our website more user-friendly, want help with fund-raising ideas and grant writing expertise... (etc.)

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I started this organization in 1985, to offer services that did not otherwise exist.

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