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happilyretired

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Review for Bread and Roses Benefit Agency, Corte Madera, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After playing host at a skilled nursing home and introducing a young vocalist, i.e., another Bread & Roses volunteer, I sat back and listened to her singing old standards of the 40's, songs of love and love lost. Sitting beside me was a petite woman, her white hair in a bun, tapper her toes in a rhythm to the music, and a bright smile that lasted during the entire performance. After the show I hesitantly asked her the reason for her happy smile and far away look. She turned to me and said, "I remember." I wasn't about to ask anything more but I sensed that the romantic songs brought back wonderful memories of times long past. And I was happy that I, and that wonderful vocalist gave that lovely lady a few moments of happiness. People ask why I continue hosting after 15 years, and I usually say that "life has been good to me and this is a way I can give back." But the greater truth is that it is a privilege to be a small part of an organization that brings smiles and laughter to thousands of the young and old, whom Bread & Roses gladly serve.

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

I get to experience quality entertainment as well!

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

In the 15 years I've been there the staff has been extraordinarily flexible and sensitive to the volunteers and to each other - always willing to go the extra mile to work things out.

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

expand its outreach to serve the community even greater and compensate the employees at an level commensurate of their talents.

Ways to make it better...

I have been associated with a number of volunteer organizations and I find Bread & Roses to be extremely resourceful and effective which is not necessarily true of all nonprofits.

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

Trying to do all they do with the limited funds they have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & host the events on a monthly basis.