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SUPPORT NETWORK FOR BATTERED WOMEN
October 8, 2008

My service to the Support Network attests to my knowledge of and commitment to this outstanding agency. For over 12 years I have volunteered 50+ hours a week in a variety of departments, from fundraising to the hotline, community education and beyond. The staff and volunteers at the Support Network are passionate about our clients and the cause. Overworked and underpaid, everyone does more than his or her share to ensure that the community knows of our services and is able to utilize these services.

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

the faces of our clients and their children. I'm also fortunate to hear our counselors' excitement when they help a frightened woman in court,or find her shelter, or see her gaining empowerment.

Ways to make it better...

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

be overwhelmed. The Executive Director has a constant challenge of balancing need with available staff, funding and time. This is a daunting issue - only 58 available shelter beds in a County of nearly 2 million citizens --!!

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

the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of working with. Everyone is here to help so they show compassion not just to the clients, but also to one another.

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

wonderful, caring, warm, funny and dedicated.

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

develop its programs with more breadth and depth and build a shelter that will house a great many more families for a longer period of time. It could also offer longer-term services to families traumatized by their circumstances.

Ways to make it better...

there weren't so many money constraints. One constantly recognizes how much more we need to and could do if we had more funding.

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

monetary. The next greatest challenge is getting the general public to even want to think about domestic violence. People want to believe it doesn't exist or that it doesn't happen to anyone like them.

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

the first thing every nonprofit needs is money to keep its programs running. The next greatest need they have is for volunteers - volunteers to help the staff, help the clients and help spread the word about the issue of domestic violence.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I work on the hotline, help to fundraise, edit the newsletter, and create collateral materials.