My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Unity a Journey of Hope, Vanderbilt, PA, USA
Honestly, I had never heard of this organization until I attended one of their fundraising events in 2009. The founders gave a presentation about Unity a Journey of Hope and showed a video of some wishes that were granted. All of the wishes were heartwarming, but contained in the video was the story an elderly gentleman who had been stricken with a disease and didn't have much time left in this world- all he wished for was to have a garden again- a vegetable garden that he could no longer independently create. The Unity volunteers made this wish come true for him by planting the garden he desired. A simple wish by any means, but it meant the world to that gentleman. As I watched this through my tears, it instilled new awareness in me that there truly are people out there who care; there truly are people who want to make a difference. I also realized, what the heck was I doing by not being a part of this. So, I became a volunteer; me,- the type of person who always said 'I don't have time for that, I have too many other responsibilities', me- a person who had been through an illness and still had bitterness locked inside because of it, because of the experience of it, because no matter who was beside you during that time, you tend to feel alone/ like the battle is yours alone,- well somehow, that didn't matter anymore. I wanted to be a part of making a difference in someone's life. The founders of Unity , John and Bobbi are what I consider to be angels residing on earth for the purpose of making a difference/ of giving hope. Unity has since granted many more wishes, they work tirelessly to make a difference! Even when they are faced with a seemingly impossible request- they make it happen! It is a struggle without a big corporate sponsor/ without funds, but they somehow always make the wish a reality. The smile on the wish recipient's face says it all ! Unity a Journey of Hope has granted many wishes to adults with a life limiting illness and opened quite a few hearts to the realization that good does exist in the world !
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