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HAND OF THE PENINSULA
June 30, 2010

HAND provides unconditional support for grieving parents and those who are pregnant again after a loss. They offer phone support, grief meetings, subsequent pregnancy groups, and an extensive lending library. They also provide training for medical staff, childbirth educators and others in the community on how to help families experiencing a loss. They even have a funeral/burial fund to assist families who cannot afford to bury their babies. It is a safe place to share all the overwhelming emotions that come with a loss of this nature. HAND volunteers help you to move forward even when you think it impossible to do so.

The Great!

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

seeing so many bereaved parents find a safe place to share their emotions, learn to understand and cope with the grief process, and then turn around and give back to others in a way that lends value to their experience and honors their baby's short life.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a long-term location where they can hold their meetings and have the library accessible to attendees. And help them connect with doctors who are new to the area and are unfamiliar with HAND's services.

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

the privilege of sharing the most poignant of life's experiences with so many amazing, brave and loving parents, and seeing them find healing in HAND's supportive environment.

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

undoubtedly among the most caring, committed,compassionate and dedicated individuals that one could ever hope to meet.

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

establish an underlying infrastructure to support the administrative and operational aspects of the organization so that volunteers could concentrate on providing services. Form a coalition with other non-profits to leverage HAND's good fortune.

Ways to make it better...

HAND could find a centralized stable location where they could hold meetings and store supplies so volunteers could readily access them.

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

Continuing to offer their wide range of services despite the current economic conditions and having to compete with the numerous other wonderful causes when available resources are dwindling.

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

peer support is of enormous value when normal people find themselves experiencing an abnormal situation like the loss of a child. Reaching out for help can be daunting, but HAND's volunteers will be there whenever someone needs them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Provide support to people who had lost a baby before, during or after birth.