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THE SHADE TREE INCORPORATED
June 27, 2012

While searching for charities whose purpose matched those of a non-profit foundation with which I'm associated I found The Shade Tree. I got in touch with the Executive Director and quickly became passionate about supporting their mission, "To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance." . My passion has been shared with others and for the past 4+ years we have volunteered through lending a hand where needed at the shelter, doing fundraising events, sending boxes full of urgently needed items and lending moral support to staff and residents. I call it a God-shot that I was guided to The Shade Tree because my work with them has been the most rewarding experience of my life. It even led me to a career change into the non-profit sector.

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

Meeting some of the women who arrived completely beaten down both physically and emotionally and seeing them go on to become self-reliant and self-confident productive members of society.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure that it always has enough money, enough beds and enough support from the community.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None, it has been the most rewarding volunteer experience of my life.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

This experience has had the most profound effect on me. When I first found TST in 2008 I immediately felt a connection and realized that I had finally found my passion in life. Continued volunteering led me to pursue a professional career change in 2010 when my 30-year career in the construction industry ended and since 2011 I've held a position with a large international non-profit organization. I know that volunteering for TST is what led me here.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

That even the little I can do can make a difference.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have done many things from bringin art supplies and helping residents make holiday cards, to serving lunch, to helping organize donations in the basement. Wherever my hands are needed, I let them put them to use.