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The Wellness Community Valley Ventura, Inc.
July 23, 2009

The Wellness Community (TWCVV) does incredible work for people with cancer and their loved ones. I have been volunteering my time for ten years. When you are diagnosed with cancer, it hits you and your family like a ton of bricks. If you have cancer, it's hard for people who don't have cancer to relate to you no matter how hard they try, or for you to relate to them. If your loved one has cancer, you don't know what to say to them, and they can't really relate to what you're going through either. That's why support groups of people with cancer, and separate groups of families of those with cancer, can work so well under the guidance of TWCVV's licensed facilitators. The participants who have benefited from the programs are adamant about how much TWCVV has helped them in their fight against cancer. What people often say surprises them at first is all the laughter that happens in support groups. There are tears as well, but a lot of fun. People with cancer also have been virtually unanimous in their belief that they have it easier than their family, so the support group for family members is very important. I urge anyone who knows anyone who has cancer, or their loved ones, to refer them to TWCVV. I also urge those who are able to support the organization to donate to TWCVV generously. As with all non-profits, these are difficult times, but cancer hits in both good and bad economic times.

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

supporting people with cancer, and in bringing hope and laughter to their lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the appreciation that participants -- those with cancer and those whose loved ones have cancer - have expressed to me for TWCVV and for my support of TWCVV.

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

wonderful. You can imagine the stress of working with people with cancer all day every day, but they don't show it at the office.

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

reach more people, do more good, and spread more hope and laughter in the community.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about TWCVV, so that it could provide more programs to more people and raise more money to support those programs.

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

finding enough sources of funding to continue their wonderful programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I try to spread the word about the services available and to raise money to support TWCVV's free programs of education, support and hope.