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Ginny Polio

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Review for Braintree Rotary Foundation Inc, Braintree, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Braintree Rotary Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Braintree, MA. 100% of all funds raised through a variety of fund-raisers are returned to the local and international community in response to need. We sponsor sports teams for just about every youth sport there is. We award four scholarships each year and maintain a wonderful rapport with our public and private schools in Braintree. Every third-grader is gifted with a dictionary, and every fifth-grader is gifted with a thesaurus every year! We run an Adult Spelling Bee in conjunction with the South Shore Plaza's Simon Educational Foundation, a memorial tree at the Thayer Public Library, and a golf tournament in the spring. Members of our Rotary Club founded and continue to volunteer at the Braintree Community Youth Center. When there are international disasters, we respond with donations through our District. Most notably, when the earthquake ravaged Haiti in 2010, we raised $30,000 to purchase 30 Shelter Boxes, which became homes for 300 people in Haiti, providing them with basic shelter and the ability to have clean water and cook food where there were sources! We shipped hundreds of cartons of shoes for women and children to Afghanistan, and we support all local charities and food banks in the Braintree area.

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?

Explore other fund-raisers that raise those funds from people outside of the organization.

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

Through my participation in this organization, I have gained the strength and ability to become a public speaker on a variety of topics.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I always enjoy my Rotary experiences, and I count as my friends my fellow "Rotarians".

Role:  Volunteer & Assisted with the golf tournament fund-raiser.

Review for Council On Aging Associates Inc, Braintree, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Council on Aging Associates, d/b/a "Braintree Friends", is a private, non-profit, IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization, which assists the Braintree Department of Elder Affairs by raising funds to supplement the town budget. Our efforts to renovate the kitchen at the Senior Center have succeeded, and the project has been completed. We are proud that we raised just over $100,000 and that the kitchen was dedicated to past COA Chairman John V. Polio. We currently have 223 memberships, comprised of individuals, couples/families, and businesses. It should be noted that the payment or non-payment of membership dues to the "Braintree Friends" in no way affects one's eligibility for receiving services from and participating in activities and programs at the Braintree Department of Elder Affairs. Through one's membership, s/he benefits by hving a copy of the monthly BDEA newsletter mailed to home or business address, receiving an open invitation to serve as a volunteer, being given the opportunity to assist with ongoing fund-raising efforts, and attending the Annual Meeting. Please feel free to attend our monthly meetings, which are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Braintree Senior Center.

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?

Helped start it

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

Additional active membership

What is its top priority in the long run?

Raise funds to help the seniors of Braintree live independently.

Role:  Board Member & Conducted an "Italian Feast" fund-raiser.