October 25, 2012
My experience at the Cambodian Family (TCF) was amazing! So much that 'til this day I still return to volunteer at the Cambodian Family whenever I get the chance. The agency although a Nonprofit, is truly a family that embraces, educates, and empowers its staff, volunteers, students, clients, parents, and its surrounding communities. I was a sophomore in college when I found out about TCF. I was a premed student at the time and realized that I wanted to volunteer, to do something with my time outside of school. I came upon TCF website when I was searching for volunteer locations and decided to inquire about volunteer opportunities. The volunteer coordinator was very timely in his response and I soon after went in for an interview. I was accepted as a mentor for their mentor program at the time; and was placed later on into the health program. The Cambodian Family staff are so friendly and hardworking. They really made me feel like I was important and that I was needed. They paid attention to what my career goals and interests were and placed me in the program that matched my area of study. I fell in love with the TCF mission and more so with the passion that each staff had for serving the communities in Santa Ana. TCF also is so generous and giving of themselves. They are always so willing to collaborate and work with student organizations from different schools. When I founded a Khmer student organization on the University of California, Irvine campus, TCF staff and program director was more than willing to offer advice, counseling, and even helped to teach our club members Cambodian dance so that we could perform it for our Culture Night. TCF has a variety of programs and not to mention that all the staff working there are very qualified. I've seen it with my own eyes that the staff there are capable in teaching Cambodian dance, teaching students of different age groups, are advanced in graphic design, counseling, great at video editing, and more. I don't mean to sell the agency; but the truth is I'm only one of many volunteers who feel the same way about this agency. I am very confident in saying that any other volunteer or client who has been a part of this agency would say the same: that TCF produces quality work, has quality staff, and has a big heart for their community. The Executive Director works tirelessly to move the agency forward towards their mission and I saw that. I see that every time I visit the agency. People love and drawn to the agency because of that family environment I mentioned earlier. Everyone who knows of CAM FAM (another name we call the agency by) loves Cam Fam! They deserve more recognition than they do today. They definitely deserve the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits.
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