My Nonprofit Reviews
Brian J. Cano
Review for UNITY A JOURNEY OF HOPE, Vanderbilt, PA, USA
Unity A Journey of Hope is one of those organizations that seems to be rarer and rarer these days. Upon first encountering them, I thought, "Okay, another charity, what is their angle?" and I expected it to be another high-administrative, constant donation, little turn-out thing but I was wrong. Having given to many charities over the years I've become disillusioned with the way most of them are run. You give and you give and it seems that so much of what you give is spent on things that don't matter and never gets to their intended recipient. Not so with Unity A Journey of Hope. The founders give 200% of their time to fulfilling the last wishes of terminal patients. There is no age limit and no boundary to the request. I have personally seen them work tirelessly to organize events and get the wishes of real people granted. Having helped them out on a few occasions I can say that I see the gratitude in the eyes and smiles of those they help and their families. They give with no thought to reward and it's that personal touch and their tireless determination that sets them apart from the rest.
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It's one thing to hear them tell you how good it feels to personally help people, but it's another thing to actually do it yourself. At first, I thought I would feel awkward helping grant a wish, but the families don't want to dwell on the negativity of the situation - you're there to lift them up and remind them of all the good and the positive and it's that atmosphere that permeates Unity A Journey of Hope - endless positivity.