LIFE GROUP LA INC
April 5, 2012
I decided to return to volunteering in 2009, after the Great Recession butchered most of the social service program's funding. It created a great volunteer need and I rose to answer the call. I was blessed to find TLGLA through a person named Rod. He told me about the organization. After talking with Sunnie I volunteered for the first time, Jnauary 2010. Since then I haven't missed one weekend, nor fundraising opportunity. There's so many things that make this grass roots non-profit such a powerful place. It starts with its volunteers. Each one is pure love, understanding, compassion, and dedication with a personality of what the organization's ideals represent. Each of us brings our own magic to the table to create an overwhelmingly positive environment for our clients. TLGLA lets each of us do what we do best; we take the clients who are affected or afflicted with HIV through a weekend of educational awareness programs, healing groups, and emotional support groups to enrich and empower those making long term decisions about their status. Doing what we do best creates an environment where the client leaves at his or her best. TLGLA strives to make sure both the client and volunteer are as equally loved, appreciated, and understood. At the end of a weekend we walk awa with the feeling of emotional and spiritual fulfillment. All of our clients leave amazingly lifted, and ascending to new levels, knowing they are not alone. All services are provided free of charge, and our weekend continues to grow. I don't know what I would have happened had I not met Sunnie, and began volunteering for TLGLA, and I'm thankful I don't have to focus on that. Instead I've walked away with the most amazing, solid, and real friends, as well as amazing memories from my time with them.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
It educating me in HIV, helping to give back to our community in such a special way, gaining true friends and feeling loved in our organization, and the feeling of emotional and spiritual fulfillment with everything I give.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Gain as many donors as possible, so we could expand our model, and increase the servics offered.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I wouldn't change a thing. For the first time I've come across an organization that met 100% of my core fundamental ideals. I have nothing that I would want to change from perfect.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
My volunteering opened the door to new friends, and I stay in contact with them regularly. Each weekend teaches me something new, whether it be through our presenters or volunteers.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Blessed and thankful for being introduced to this group.
Volunteer & I volunteered to be a technical facilities coordinator. .