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Randy P.

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5 reviews

Review for For Pete S Sake, Bloomington, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Probably the best thing I could tell you about For Pete's Sake is to share a note written about our organization - which For Pete's Sake has supported - from the wife of a wounded warrior. What she says about us applies to For Pete's Sake too, because they have helped make it possible for us to do this very kind of thing for our veterans and service members.
THANK YOU For Pete's Sake:

"My husband is a wounded warrior...he lost a leg in Afghanistan and struggled with a lot before we got in touch with PawPADs a couple years ago. We were eventually partnered with Barkley just over six months later. Barkley is a dog who was rescued from a shelter and trained in a prison...Barkley has changed our lives. There is not a piece of medical equipment on the planet that can do what this dog does for my husband. Barkley has given him a best friend and companion to share not only his struggles and hard times but his successes too...Barkley can turn on the lights and pick things up but the best thing he does is watch out for and take care of my husband...This is a nonprofit that is not only changing lives but changing the world while helping wounded warriors like my husband..."
Thanks again, For Pete's Sake, for making this possible!

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Tee It Up for the Troops Inc, Burnsville, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Probably the best thing I could tell you about Tee It Up For The Troops is to share a note written about our organization - which TIUFTT has supported - from the wife of a wounded warrior. What she says about us applies to TIUFTT too, because they have helped make it possible for us to do this very kind of thing for our veterans and service members.
THANK YOU Tee It Up For The Troops:

"My husband is a wounded warrior...he lost a leg in Afghanistan and struggled with a lot before we got in touch with PawPADs a couple years ago. We were eventually partnered with Barkley just over six months later. Barkley is a dog who was rescued from a shelter and trained in a prison...Barkley has changed our lives. There is not a piece of medical equipment on the planet that can do what this dog does for my husband. Barkley has given him a best friend and companion to share not only his struggles and hard times but his successes too...Barkley can turn on the lights and pick things up but the best thing he does is watch out for and take care of my husband...This is a nonprofit that is not only changing lives but changing the world while helping wounded warriors like my husband..."
Thanks again, Tee It Up For The Troops, for making this possible!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Zakkary Johnson Memorial Fund, Plymouth, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been touched by the Zak Johnson Memorial Fund personally and professionally. The impact I saw from their activities last year alone was astounding - providing support to so many organizations that enhance the lives of people with disabilities: "We Can Ride", "Courage Center," and "Canine Companions for Independence," to name a few. The professionalism, enthusiasm, and openness with which they conduct business is refreshing and reassuring. They are truly a "Great Non-Profit" and I look forward to their continued success!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs), Lakeville, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Director of Operations/Development here at PawPADs.
I want to share a little about our Volunteers, Donors, and Supporters, and Clients: the people that really make PawPADs successful and make a difference in so many lives.
As we all know from our own experiences with people, personal relationships can go a long way. These relationships increase our understanding of the people we work with, give us insight as to their motivations and capabilities, and develops mutual trust. Our “family” has gone far of their way to develop personal relationships with PawPADs, and we all share a joint vision of what we are and where we are headed. I hope you’ll share the vision too after reading our reviews.
Volunteers: many of our volunteers have been with us for months or years. Some came looking for a “one off” opportunity or a short term commitment and have become a family. Their “can-do, will-do” spirit is a valued attribute of Americans and sets a great example to all our neighbors. They have devoted thousands of hours…time off from work, weekends, mornings, evenings, holidays, day time…to caring for our service dogs, training them, and representing PawPADs in the public. They build and clean and laugh with each other and the dogs. Their commitment, teamwork, and enthusiasm energizes us!
Donors: The average cost of raising and training a service dog is between $20,000 and $25,000. Because of generous supporters like them, we're able to partner our service dogs with those who need them at minimal cost or for free. Their financial support provides the resources needed to team with our prison and school partners, veterans, and those with developmental and physical challenges. From individuals to foundations, families, organizations, and companies, their contributions in any amount plays a crucial role in getting the dogs from puppy to partner. It demonstrates yet another American quality: the spirit of generosity. Your generosity and good will inspires us!
Clients: Our clients’ lives are enriched and empowered by their partnership with skilled assistance dogs and diabetic alert dogs. Inmates, teachers, students, and veterans utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool. We create powerful, life-enhancing experiences through working with dogs - as the very act of working with, being around and training these dogs can be therapeutic and life-altering in profound ways. Their confidence in PawPADs encourages us!
If not for all of the above, there would be no PawPADs. I sincerely hope that you, as a review reader, find what you are looking for in a nonprofit in PawPADs and want to become part of our family of Volunteers, Donors, Clients. Thanks, and Dog Bless You!

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

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

Role:  Advisor
 

Review for Assistance Dogs Of The West, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My first contact with ADW was while attending an ADW sponsored workshop focused on training Diabetic Alert Dogs. Since that time, our growing mid-west organization has looked on ADW as a leader in the assistance dog world and a mentor. I saw the professionalism, passion, and dedication the staff, trainers, and volunteers all have for the life changing effects an Assistance dog can have on the life of the person it is partnered with. I sat in on a client training session and spoke with the mother of the client - an adult son with a TBI - and witnessed first hand the excitment and hope they had for the the future with the ADW dog that was going to be placed with them. I can speak first hand of the care and respect the team at ADW show for the dogs in their care and the high standards of training they have. I have no qualms at all about recommending Assistance Dogs of the West for your support!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field