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NOROTON HEIGHTS DEPOT INC
October 5, 2009

The Depot provides a safe place for town teens to informally hang out and a venue for scheduled events such as dinners, team events, car washes, band nights, dances and more. More importantly, it encourages community service opportunities for teens to see how they can make a difference in the world. It also gives the kids a point of contact with adults other than their parents when they need someone to talk to who believes in them.

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

having the youth director, Janice, work with my teenage daughter and myself when there was underage drinking at a party. Janice was understanding and helped us work through the situation. Also, volunteering for SafeRides at the Depot - it saves lives !

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

the difference it makes in our community ! For example, special needs young adults can enjoy a dance or a birthday party for a peer. They feel special and know they belong when they are at a dance at the Depot, dancing with teen volunteers. Joyful !

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

caring and understanding and compassionate but demonstrate "tough love" when needed. They really care about KIDS and get how stressful and demanding it can be to grow up in this society. They influence our kids well beyond the high school years.

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

reach out to influence more kids, not only in our community but to the surrounding cities of Norwalk and Stamford, where our kids volunteer to help Social Services. The community service opportunities between our towns and those in need are endless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & My daughter serves on the student governing board ( weekly meetings) and I am on the Adult Advisory Board (monthly meeting). Volunteerism includes work with special needs yound adults, fundraising, SafeRides, planting flowers and helping with teen event.