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caryn2

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Review for RedRover, Sacramento, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

UAN does a fantastic job of preparing their volunteers for deployment and in communicating with their volunteers. After attending a workshop, I knew what to expect upon deployment. When opportunities to deploy come up, the emails are clear and accurate. As the situations change, volunteers are informed. In the field, there's always the potential for things to become overwhelming and emotional. To help avoid this, volunteers receive briefings every morning before work begins and are debriefed at the end of the day. Team leaders are sensitive to the volunteers' physical and emotional needs. After we all go home there's always a post-deployment conference call where check in with each other and discuss how things went, how we are feeling, and how we might do better next time. As an EARS volunteer since December of 2007 (first deployed in February 2008) I have met some amazing people. I believe I'm a better advocate for animals than I was 3 years ago, thanks to my experiences with UAN.

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

Seeing frightened and neglected animals thrive under our care. Seeing unsocialized animals learn to trust human beings again. Seeing people come together to make a better life for these animals.

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

find a way to increase awareness and funding.

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

being part of a team to help animals in need.

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

friendly, professional, always willing to jump in and help.

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

help a tremendous amount of animals through their Lifeline Grant and Humane Education programs.

Ways to make it better...

I could deploy more often.

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

funding.

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

I'm thankful I became aware of UAN and am able to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I deployed three times so far. I cared for animals in temporary shelters after two puppy mill seizures and a hoarding case.
RedRover (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for being part of our EARS volunteer team and being there for the animals when they need you most, Caryn! If anyone wants to read about the Arkansas puppy mill response Caryn posted photos of, please visit our Web site and Emergency Response Blog here: http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=639