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TAPE MINISTRIES NORTHWEST
January 7, 2010

This non-profit records Christian books and periodicals on tape for people who are blind or disabled. It was founded by John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park, WA (10 miles south of Seattle) The first year they sent out 8 books on tape. They now send out over 15,000 books a year, all free. Their lending library now has 1,250 different titles. I have been a volunteer, am a donor and executive director. I've been involved in the ministry for 6 years. It is the best job I have ever had. The staff is all part-time and get along so well, it's like a piece of heaqven. SWe have 60 volunteers that do 75% of the work, checking in tapes, duplicating tapes (450 each month for Billy Graham's Decision Magazine) recording and mailing them. I've spent more than 50 years in broadcasting in this area and I am thrilled to be a part of this ministry

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

seeing hundreds of unsolicitated letters complimenting on the service; one letter from a rest home director said one oer clients who was blind listened to over 140 books from Tape Ministries before she passed away.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them a million dollars and a new building so they could reach even more people who are in need of wholesome, encouraging literature.

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

The spirit of togetherness in the office, phone and with volunteers. The light-hearted genuine friendship, the passion displayed for the ministry and its patrons, the sensitivity to those who are disabled or blind.

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

Most gracious and eager to help. Their desire is to be a servant to those who depend on these services.

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

Serve more people. Currently they serve 1,172 patrons. The potential nationwide is 3 million.

Ways to make it better...

The ministry is hampered by a lack of funding, so cannot do as much as they like. There is high turnover in the office coordinator position (3 people in the last 3 years) because of a $15 per hour wage for a part-time position.

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

The discrimination to the blind and disabled; the more of government to cutback on needed services to the blind and disabled; the lack of funds during a very critical economy.

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

Tape Ministry Northwest is a 501c3 non-profit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Volunteered as a reader, office helper for 2 years, then became executive director.