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SERVE, Inc.
August 30, 2008

We are The Joe 15 Team, a newly formed non-profit in Prince William County. Our organization was created in my son's (Joseph (Joe) Page) memory after he was killed in February. (www.thejoe15team.org) We are working to get teens and young adults active in their community. SERVE is one organization we have been working with from the beginning. We held a food drive in April to help replinish the summer food bank (this will be an annual event). We held a school supplies drive in August where we collected $500.00 in supplies. Our most rewarding experience has been providing children's activities while the parents are in meetings. We are at SERVE 2-3 evenings monthly playing games, blowing bubbles, playing on the playground or doing crafts with the children. We always have a handout to give them and a treat at the end. Kids we've seen there on a regular basis always greet us with big hugs and a warm smile. It's a great feeling to know we are helping them and bringing a little joy into their lives while they are in an unsettled situation. It's a great opportunity and education for the teens since most of them have never been to a homeless shelter before. We plan on being an active part of SERVE monthly. We also plan on adopting a room at the shelter in the future. It's wonderful to see the help SERVE is giving the less fortunate people in the county. Helping each other, that's what it's all about.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the children's faces.

Ways to make it better...

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

have a preschool program for the small ones while siblings are in school.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to help those in need and the education that the volunteering teens receive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always very friendly, welcoming and accomodating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make the shelter even bigger to accomodate more families. They always seem to be full.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of a thing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having the space needed to supply shelter for the winter months.

One thing I'd also say is that...

SERVE is doing a great job in providing for the people in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & food drive, school supplies drive, children's activities.