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June 6, 2012

It has been both satisfying and frustrating working to advance the wonderful programs of NCJW/LA -- satisfying because often, I can see how my effort will benefit a woman and/or a child. The benefit may be small but it is there. For example, preparing food packages for the elderly homebound; reading to a child at an elementary school library (which library would otherwise be non-functioning without NCJW/LA volunteer support); tutoring a 3rd grader struggling with her arithmetic. What is frustrating is that so many families are so underserved by a City that is patently failing them.

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April 12, 2011

I have been an NCJW/LA member and have volunteered in the Alexandria House after-school program for over 6 years. Now I'm also involved in many other NCJW/LA programs. In short, NCJW/LA has created well-thought-out, compassionate, beautifully run programs for women, children and families that understand and respond directly and immediately to the community's needs. I'm proud to be part of this organization.

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If I can help just one person or one family for one day or one week, at least I'm doing something. There is so much need out there that we can't do everything for everyone. But it's important to give back in one's own way to women and children at risk whose lives are in flux.

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Continue to encourage more young people to get involved. It may be just donating a pair of jeans or getting a great deal on a bracelet or a lamp or a sweater at one of NCJW/LA's 9 amazing thrift shops around the city. Because of the wide variety of programs, people can participate in a way that they're comfortable with.

Volunteer & Alexandria House after-school tutoring and enrichment program for children: I've seen wonderful youngsters grow into wonderful teens who love coming to Alexandria House because it's like a "second home". Women Making a Difference steering committee membe.