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Food on Foot
December 27, 2010

Food on Foot is a grassroots organization that directly helps the poor and homeless. They go way beyond serving food and donating clothes. They actively seek employers for their work crew who are ready to 'graduate' to more independent living--off the streets! Everything that's donated--money, food gift cards, sleeping bags, clothes--goes directly to the people they serve.

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

I've seen how many people rely on the services of Food on Foot each week. Sadly, more and more now.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would wave my magic wand and make the 500 loaves of bread multiply into 10,000 so they could feed even more hungry people.

MY ROLE:
Donor & I buy used sleeping bags at garage sales & thrift stores to donate to Food on Foot.

L.A. Goal
October 27, 2010

I was first introduced to L.A. Goal by one of its Members who has multiple disabilities. She was--and still is--fearless, articulate and persuasive. She intercepted me at a folk art show and asked if I knew about the book that the Members of L.A. Goal wrote and illustrated: Disabled Fables [available on Amazon]. I did not so she proceeded to tell me all about the making of the book and the organization's wonderful programs that help the Members with vocational training; life skills; art and performance programs; and personal development. I left with the latest newsletter that itemized their 'wish list.' Sandwiched between "art supplies" and "printer paper" was the request for "marketing." Since that is my area of expertise, I offered my help to the organization. After volunteering in this capacity, four years ago I was asked to join the Board, where I still serve. To witness firsthand how supportive the organization is to its Members is to realize how closely connected we all are. I am reminded of this quote every time I am at L.A. Goal: "We walk in different shoes but we tread on common ground."

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

The staff are an extended family for the Members--and sometimes are the only family for this vulnerable population. I've witnessed how staff and volunteers give their time 24 x 7 to help improve the lives of Members--as they in turn enrich ours.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to see an expanded network of auxiliary volunteers.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

At an art show

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Ensure the safety and well-being of its Members

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ensure a good quality of life for as many adults with developmental disabilities as it is able to serve.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I set up L.A. Goal as a merchant on eBay so it could sell its greeting cards produced by its Artist Members. I am currently working on a branding study with the organization.

BILL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
July 6, 2010

9 years ago we adopted two dogs from the Bill Foundation: Buddy [a border collie mix] and Dora [an Akita/Shepherd mix]. The founder cares passionately about the dogs she fosters and takes the right steps to qualify potential new owners of these wonderful animals. We love them all!

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

their adoption process helps ensure a successful outcome: a good match between a foster dog and a permanent home.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I adopted two dogs from the organization.

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