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andrearenee

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Review for Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, Inc., Simi Valley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & Attended the conference in 2009 and 2010, and became the assistant to the Executive Director and Founder, Michele Hernandez.