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Monroe Harding
June 19, 2012

I was introduced to Monroe Harding more than 15 years ago and have supported them in different roles since that time. Many in the community may not understand the desperate lives of the youth that are served by MH. If they did, they would do everything in their power "change the system." I've read letters from teens who have move from hopeless (in their minds) to viable citizens who have learned the value of work, the importance of integrity, and (occasionally) the purpose that God has for their lives. I'll never forget the words of a former MH participant as he encouraged those in the MH program to cut the ties that connect them to a life that will probably lead to jail or death. He shared how satisfying it has been to be enrolled in college, have an apartment and own a car. Independence and self-worth are two consistent themes that run through the halls and programs of Monroe Harding. Everybody deserves a chance . . .

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

listening to the members of the population that they serve. On several occasions, I've spoken with the kids and learned that they are a tough crowd. The more I interacted with them, the more I realized that they are like all of us. They want to be admired and appreciated. They want to have a job and a family. They don't like being labeled as a trouble-maker or loser. MH teaches life skills, along with many other critical success factors and I've seen changes personally.

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

find a way to get the message out to the community. MH is an organization that changes lives, one person at a time.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

My friend was a board member and she invited me to one of their fundraising events.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

There is more than just one short-term priority. Naturally, their priority is always serving at-risk youth. From my perspective, a short-term priority must be in the area of marketing and communications. More people need to know what MH does.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Developing independence through life skills and education. This will help at-risk youth enjoy a sustainable future.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped with several fundraising events; I have taught some of the youth at different times; I have participated in beautification efforts at the main campus; I have served on the board for more than 6 years.