My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for SOMALI WOMEN AND CHILDRENS ALLIANCE, Columbus, OH, USA
I have been a volunteer for the past two years for the Somali Women & Children’s Alliance in Columbus, Ohio. Somali immigrants in Columbus have grown from 20 families in 1996 to over 65,000 with more arriving every day. I have seen first hand this small grass roots organization work to equip women, children and families new to the United States to become self-sufficient and integral members of the greater community The dedicated staff and volunteers provide educational support, youth mentoring, job skills, employment training, ESL classes, and interpretation skills to interface with mainstream agencies. Their case management deals with a wide variety of social issues including domestic violence, human trafficking, mental health, housing, children with special needs, employment discrimination, health and culture. This is an organization that provides critical support to women and children who are particularly vulnerable. The staff and volunteers provide a safe haven that values and understands the language, culture and religion of their clients and are able to interface with other agencies to find the help and fairness. The work of these dedicated individuals never fails to amaze and inspire me.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
getting to know the staff, volunteers and the clients. They have been very welcoming, helpful and appreciative.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
dedicated, caring, good natured and fun to work with.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
expand it's help to the immigrant and refugee women and families in the community to become fully integrated into the local community faster and safer. Housing, jobs, good health care, education and citizenship could be dealt with in a systematic way.
Ways to make it better...
I knew the language.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
unstable funding sources, a lack of understanding within the Columbus community about the Somali population, culture, language, religion, and basic needs and a need for a wider support base.
One thing I'd also say is that...
the Somali Women and Children's Alliance continues to provide caring help despite difficult funding times.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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