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EXPANDING LIVES
May 17, 2010

A volunteer working with Expanding Lives, I am involved with both the young women from West Africa every summer, as well as those families who host our guests here in Chicago. As a Peace Corps volunteer once posted in West Africa, I saw first hand how a family and a village could benefit as a whole when women were empowered. After returning to the US, I found Expanding Lives, and was excited to continue helping those with the ability to change the way of life for not only themselves, but their whole family as well. This extends not only to those young women who visit Chicago, but also everyone with which they come into contact while they are here. Host families are given the opportunity to meet and share cultures with someone in their own home- allowing them to become ambassadors of goodwill. Those connections have a lasting effect on everyone involved, and the life-changing experiences which the women and host families share remain in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

The Great!

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

...my work with the young women from West Africa, and working with all parties on their stay.

Ways to make it better...

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

...give them a million dollars! They are currently all-volunteer based, and do an azmazing job. I'm proud to be involved with them and the amazing things they do.

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

the spirit, enthusiasm, and real-life results they achieve.

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

honest, hard-working, dependable and experienced.

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

change the world- without a doubt.

Ways to make it better...

they had a parter organization or foundatin which fully funded everything.

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

getting more exposure and help from the community.

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

...working with this organization is one of those ways where you can have your faith in humanity restored. Seriously.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Host Family Coordiantor/ Nutrition Mentor.