My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Soaring Spirits International, Simi Valley, CA, USA
My husband passed away unexpectedly on November 15, 2008, and I learned about SSLF and Camp Widow about five months afterward through another widowed person. I needed all the help and support I could possibly get - especially since I needed to pull myself together for my two young children, so I jumped at the chance to go and I am so grateful that I did. There is something incredibly comforting about being around others that have been through the same thing... An instant bond was formed among many of us, and we are still there for each other even though most of us live far apart. Losing my husband changed my life forever, but finding the support through SSLF has changed my life for the better and gave me a strength I don't think I would have had otherwise. I also find that helping others through SSLF is just as therapeutic as receiving the help. I attended Camp Widow in San Diego the first two years and plan to go every year to give and receive support. I admire Michele Hernandez for turning her own grief into a cause to help others, and she does it with sincerity, love, grace, wisdom, intelligence and diplomacy.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Even though people die all the time and there are widowed people everywhere, when it happens to you, you feel completely alone and isolated. SSLF brings widowed people together and makes you feel comforted and supported by those who truly understand. I'm much healthier and happier for having this support in my life.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The only thing I would change would be to make the Soaring Spirits a household name all over the world so that people would know exactly where to find us when they need us. We're working on that...
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Can't think of anything...
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes - I have made many new friends, am learning a lot.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
It is very fulfilling.
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