May 10, 2011
I volunteered to work at one of the shelter sites this year, for the 2nd shift, which runs from 11pm to 3am. I didn't know what to expect and was a little nervous on my first night. But the experience was really a remarkable and simple one for me. I bonded closely with my fellow volunteer working late night with me, and looked forward to seeing him each month. The homeless clients were usually asleep the whole time we were there, so the work was "easy" - but when I would check the bathrooms and walk around the sleeping areas making sure everyone was sleeping well and safe in their area, I felt like my job was important. I know that BEDS has to organize hundreds of volunteers for these roles each month, and I am amazed at how smoothly and effectively the organization pulls it off. I'm also a BEDS donor now as well, confident and aware of how they spend my money. Thanks BEDS staff and other volunteers for providing this safe haven for the poor and homeless in our village! I will definitely volunteer again next year!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The local community - BEDS has shelter sites and volunteers from just about every church, school and village around. They have a great reputation.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Get more of my friends to volunteer as well.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I don't know...
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I made new friends and felt more connected to my community.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Peaceful and useful.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I worked the night shift in the homeless shelter.
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