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FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE INC
May 20, 2013

Young people face a variety of challenges, regardless of their backgrounds. For foster children, those challenges are magnified exponentially. Young women (and men) age out of foster care at age 18, ready or not. Assuming they were in a supportive environment, it's suddenly over. They often leave with all their worldly goods - their belongings, in nothing more than a trash bag. Who among us was ready for the real world, emotionally or financially at such a tender age? Imagine their doubt, their fear.
Footsteps to the Future concentrates on helping young ladies in SW Florida who are forced out of foster care. FTTF provides counseling, support, encouragement, and is engaged in a world-class mentoring program, equipping these young women for a productive future. Through tutoring programs and other support, FTTF turns the tide on startling statistics. Visit their website for specifics.
Believing education is a passport out of poverty, FTTF concentrates on seeing young women gain skills, learning and the emotional equipment to succeed. I cannot say enough good things. Find out more!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wish them additional funding so that they could expand services and opportunities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

Special Equestrians Inc.
May 20, 2013

I've been a volunteer horse wrangler/horse leader with Special Equestrians of Fort Myers for 1.5 years. A very special emotional relationship develops between horse and riders with challenges. In addition to the physical benefits (strengthening of core muscles, stretching, etc.), riders gain self-confidence, a special measure of independence they often can't enjoy elsewhere, and riders of all ages form a unique emotional bond with these specially trained animals.
Never have I seen a more robust, enthusiastic volunteer workforce, a more established, tried and true supportive environment for clients young and old; more capable, highly motivated instructors, or a more effective therapy that addresses both the physical and less tangible emotional aspects of living with disabilities. I can't say enough good things about Special Equestrians. You have to see it for yourself, and/or talk to the parents of children with special needs who participate in the program. It's amazing!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd see them gain more funding in order to do more!

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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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer