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Women's Opportunity Center - YMCA of Burlington County
May 27, 2010

I am a reporter for a weekly New Jersey newspaper called The Central Record. Through a teacher at Medford's Memorial School when I was covering her Girls Matter! enrichment class, I learned about the WOC. I decided I wanted to write a story about the organization and so I met with Cathi Rendfrey. I was blown away by the scope of services it offers and the value it has to the large population of women who find themselves responsible to raise a family after a divorce, death of a loved one, disability, etc. This program offers educational seminars - computer training, financial and legal assistance and so much more - and counseling and collects work attire for women for interviews and to help them get started in the work force...just to touch on its offerings. At the time of my story, a local technical school with a hairdressing program (among other fields) offered free haircuts and manicures to clients one Monday night each month. The dedication of the staff and participation of the community and professionals in the field who offer free services to the clients is just incredible. Women who were once served there return to help newcomers to the organization... I am so inspired by the director, Cathi Rendfrey, and her vision and ability to make such a valuable contribution to society. Judy Cohen Minches

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

I have not been a client but rather a reporter writing about the organization. I have since recommended the organization to women in need and am continually on the lookout for professionals who have services to offer this clientele.

Ways to make it better...

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

give it a bigger budget to provide more services to women when in fact helping the mother helps the entire family and therefore society at large is greatly benefited by the mother's successes.

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

to learn how one nonprofit has such an impact on the family.

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

incredibly devoted, energetic and forward thinking.

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

reach out to many more women and offer more frequent training seminars touching on a greater scope of issues pertaining to the family.

Ways to make it better...

My experience could not have been better.

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

funding obstacles.

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

I would like to get more involved with this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I wrote a story for The Central Record about the WOC.