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STABLE LIFE INC
February 26, 2011

I learned long ago that the outside of horse is good for the inside of a person. There are a lot of skills that are needed to take care and ride a horse.
This charity was based on these ideas. Emotionally and physically injured people get so much confidence in handling horses, especially the terrific ones they have (mostly rescues). It does change their outlook on life and gives them confidence and self-esteem, all too much lacking in this world.
It situated among the tall pines of the former glacial Lake Wisconsin. The staff are competent and compassionate.

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

I know I gave them a quality saddle that will last forever. And though I haven't spent more than a few hours with them, I am impressed with the plans and energy there. I had 25 years in the company of the two best horses in the world. My first horse, a half-Arab, was my 19th birthday present. No one should have to wait that long to be able to really ride a horse. I have helped others personally and now that I have not a chance of owning a horse again, these people will carry on.

Ways to make it better...

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

I'm sure they would love to have an indoor arena. Any horseman does.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I no longer could use the saddle. No chance of getting another horse on my income. I had given my German made English style saddle to another therapeutic agency. It is of good quality and will last forever.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It was time to give it away.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Just what I said above. Outside of a horse and all. There is something exhilarating about guiding 1000 pounds with rein and body. There is nothing better in this world to do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

MY ROLE:
Donor & I donated my TexTan Hereford Balanced ride brand roping saddle to them, worth over $1000 on the market if you can even find an equivalent. I hope to give them many of my horse books when I get them out of storage.

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GOOD NEIGHBOR CLINIC OF SAUK PRAIRIE
February 26, 2011

Nobody in this great country should be denied affordable health care.
In 1999, Dr. Haakon Carlson began to set up a free clinic for uninsured people. It started as once a week, with two doctors. They finally went to twice a week. Then they were able to add a dentist, and this past year they have four regular doctors, a physicians assistant and a nurse practitioner as well as a diabetic educator, though the dentist had to retire. In the 11+ years, we have had over 3,000 patients and over 15,000 patient visits. There are several volunteers that have been there since the beginning.

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

I am using skills that I learned at school and at work to help other people. I am appreciated for my skills. I have seen lives saved, rehabilitated, counseled, consoled on top of the best care they can get under the clinic's money limits. I would not do this for money but for Dr. Carlson (73) and the patients. And thanks to email and digital recording, I can do my work at home.

Ways to make it better...

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

Better coordination between volunteers. They are the best, but most just know their jobs. That means no back up and it is often difficult to get communications through.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have been able to see old friends, meet new ones, and gained a lot of information on medications, diagnostics, diseases, and common sense.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Though there are days when the work is hard, long and difficult and I consider quitting, I don't think I will for a while. I am proud of all the people that made this possible. And I am definitely proud of my own work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I got into it late. The dentist knew I had some computer skills so he asked me to set up a database so he could tell people the amount of dental services he did for free. One year, it was over 20,000. Next thing I knew, I was doing medical transcrip.

The Office of Letters and Light
February 26, 2011

I have been writing since high school, in secret, only recently discovering it was art therapy for me, through "the slings of arrows of outrageous fortune" that is life. I am also a third generation writer. Both of my father's parents had written books and Dad, though a pure scientist, wrote reports, teaching WWII personnel, and working on some of the things we take for granted.
I have had a varied life that I have no reason to be ashamed of, but my savior in my life has been writing.
I had heard of OLL's NaNoWriMo in 2008 and was very excited about it but it took a random email or website to get me into it last year. I enjoyed the challenge and looked forward to writing about 1700 words (3 12pt computer pages) everyday. In thirty days, any regular activity becomes a habit. As so it did. I got my 50,000+ words (about 100 pages) and, though not quite as much as I had planned, I did have a stand alone novel. It was based on an earlier work, but from a completely different point of view, quite a challenge.
Throughout the month, OLL gave us, all over the world, encouragement, ideas, and wild forums. I even worked up an email correspondent. For the first time since early college (in the Jurassic), I was able to talk writing.
I know I was excited doing this and I let other people know what I was doing, though many people never understood why I'd want to do it.
Now, I have a habit of sitting down at my 'writing computer' every night and plug away on my latest project.
OLL gave me the permission to be creative, something rare in these days and certainly rare in my life.
They have excellent workbooks for K-12 school use. There are a lot of college participants.

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

The people are very human. We get to know them. I have seen that I'm not the only person consumed with writing of all types. My self-esteem and pride in my writing has changed me for the better. I enjoyed the experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

Somehow, they need to get more information out to libraries, schools and bookstores. Our donations help, but they have grand, reachable goals for the future. Reading and writing, quickly becoming sloppy and rare, needs to be spread about. There could be more communication from the region leaders to the region members (but I may have just missed that).

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More contact of the region groups

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I did get to know a friend from my paternal families home area. It's nice to be able to talk writing.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel great! A bad day of cruddy writing didn't bother me but a good day left me with contentment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I only wrote about 100 pages on the computer in 30 days, enjoyed emails and forums, a special kind of explosion of oddness.