I have never met someone as encouraging as Craig. He started Pathways to volunteering. He is extremely encouraging and has kind words both in person and on the Facebook site. He truly cares and makes his volunteers have worthwhile experiences.
After my father committed suicide last January I was left sad and lonely. I started volunteering with Craig at Pathways To Volunteering which I found via Meet Up. He is incredibly welcoming and compassionate. He makes sure that everyone is having a good time while volunteering and giving encouraging words in person and on his Face Book site.
Volunteering is very helpful to get us out of our shells and helping others. In this way not only do we have an activity when we are lonely or getting re-situated but by giving to others we are forgetting ourselves and being a part of the great commission set out by Jesus - to love our neighbors and be charitable. Thank you Craig.
I came across Pathways To Volunteering via its Facebook Page. There I saw a post regarding a fundraiser they were doing for an organization here named Heart Beat. For almost a year I watched the work PTV was doing in Kathmandu. I came to realize they were a good organization.
I reached out to Craig how could I get involved with the Nepal PTV Team, since I live in Kathmandu. He replied and explained how I could get involved. The first event I did was with Heart Beat. Heart Beat is an orphanage for abandon children. The activity would involve meeting the orphans and handing out winter clothing to them. The team leader Suman provided us all with PTV t-shirts, which was cool seeing us all wearing one.
I have done two volunteer activities with PTV, and both were well organized. I'm thankful I found PTV to get involved and give back. They allowed me to help my community, and that meant so much to me.
Social work is my purpose, my life's passion - helping those in need. Thank you, PTV for all you have given me. You're doing good work in Nepal.
Growing up in a patriarchal society, and having witnessed and struggled with different violence, I made up my mind to work for women and youths early on in my life. Coming from a country with large young population, I have realized that there is unimaginable yet untapped potential in the fellow youths like me. And if there is anything that could solve problems that my country is meddling with be it related to women empowerment, poverty, education, environment, it is that limitless energy and willpower of the youths. I am aware of the urge of the youths to see transformation in the current cultural and social practices in our country. Therefore, from an early age I started devoting time on the intersection of women and youths. I was volunteering in different organization in Nepal but after I got introduced with Pathways to Volunteering(PTV) I got clear vision for Nepal with lots of hope.
It's been a more than 2 years I have been volunteering being global ambassador from Nepal in PTV which gives me great deal of satisfaction. In Nepal with support of Pathways to volunteering we have helped hundreds of marginalized kids by providing meal. Those kids are not going to school just because they do not have food to eat due to which they are distracted and not focus on their study but after food distribution research show that many kids who drop out the school got enroll back. Kids who were not having a pair of proper clothes with help of PTV we have distributed warm clothes. When we started PTV in Nepal I was only person but now I am proud that we have core team of volunteers who are very energetic. PTV has given platform to all young person in Nepal who have willingness to good for society.
Pathways to volunteering is not just platform for helping others but also realizing our inner happiness. Knowing our strength which gives us direction for amazing life changing experience. I am very happy and proud to be part of PTV and I have commit my whole life to this organization because it's working for a CAUSE.
I learned about Pathways To Volunteering from Facebook. Although I don’t live in Southern California, I wanted to get involved on some level since the causes they served aligned with mine. Plus I have a 12 year-old daughter that I wanted to introduce volunteering too.
In one post I read about Craig the Founder of PTV going to Kathmandu, Nepal, to meet the PTV Global Ambassador and meet other organizations. So I reached out to him to see if we could get involved on some level. He promptly wrote back and said I have the perfect task for you. I need someone to make PTV bracelets for volunteers and the people we serve in Nepal. Would you and your daughter be interested in making bracelets? I immediately said YES, since my daughter loves making bracelets.
What I love most about the bracelets are they're meaning. The letters P.A.T.H. is the centerpiece of the bracelet. Its an acronym for Positive Action Transforms Hope. The logo of the organization is a star, and the star symbolizes hope. How wonderful it is to know that by doing our part we'll be giving people hope who are hopeless.
We love being on the PTV Team. It's a great organization doing good things in the world. It's a great organization.
I originally got started with PTV for my own personal selfish reasons of needing a distraction from my own problems. My first encounter with PTV was at Midnight Mission and at first I honestly didn't see the value of volunteering but what attracted me was the community it brought together. I saw it immediately as a way to have a more social interaction and it did solve my problem of needing a distraction.
When I started to get deeper into the volunteer work with Alexandria House or Junior Blind Olympics, it's when I saw the real value of what Craig started. The direct impact of helping others and seeing how we can affect people's lives with the small things we do can go a long way. I can only imagine the other works of the shoe box parties that we do and what they recipients feel when they receive our gifts.
PTV is a great organization that serves as a gateway to volunteering. They have perfect starter volunteer opportunities for all ages. They make volunteering easy and fun. Its definitely a much needed organization especially for communities that need volunteer awareness. Through PTV, I was able to pinpoint the cause I'm particularly passionate about. Thanks PTV!
I've been searching for great volunteer events for awhile and finally I came across Pathways to Volunteering and boy was I lucky to have found Craig and his organization. Craig is an awesome leader/organizer. His events are simple and easy for anyone to participate unlike some of the other organizations where they require all kinds of forms/orientations before you can even start. The last event PTV held that I volunteered for was Operation Christmas Child Shoebox packing party. It was both rewarding and heartwarming to know that because of Craig and us, there will be 240 little girls 5-9 that will have a much sweeter Xmas this year because of the shoe box presents we packed and delivered. This event was well organized and a lot of people came out to help! Thank you so much Craig and I'm very looking forward to helping PTV out in future events!!! I would definitely recommend PTV to everyone especially families because these are great events to bring your kids and teach them about helping others and how to make a difference.
I've volunteered and mentored through various organizations. Pathways to Volunteering is a small organization that truly cares and works hard to make a difference in the community. Craig organizes the events well and truly cares for not just the causes but also its volunteers as well.
I love to volunteer. It is a chance to give back to the community and to be of service to others.
Sometimes to give of self, of time, of meaning is more valuable than material things for those in need.
I have volunteered at the homeless shelter and food banks and find it very fulfilling and rewarding. Hopefully making a small commitment of my time can make a big difference for somebody else.
Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away; I think Emerson said that. Make a moment for someone else today!
Pathways To Volunteering has been a wonderful experience! I found the group through meetup after recently moving to the LA area. I've enjoyed the variety of events that are available on a frequent basis. Craig provides a welcoming environment for everyone and creates lasting relationships with the organizations we work with. Thank you so much Pathways to Volunteering!
Pathways To Volunteering has been a great way for me to get into volunteering after just moving to the LA area. Craig has been a joy to work with. The events are varied and always well organized by Craig. There's a great sense of warmth and compassion that permeates each event I'm invited to. I look forward to continuing my volunteering efforts with Pathways To Volunteering!
I got started with Pathways to Volunteering through a meet up event that Craig listed. It was to help sort books for Big Sunday. I brought along my friend who is also an avid volunteer and both of us had a lot of fun! Craig was very organized and welcoming, and the event had a lot of volunteers who were excited and happy to be there. Throughout the entire event, I had fun sorting, labeling and packaging up books with fellow volunteers. Craig also checked in on us to make sure we stayed hydrated and were resting if we were tired. He mentioned about a few upcoming events and I look forward in participating those in the near future!
I came upon Pathways to Volunteering on Meetup as I was looking for activities to do with my daughter to enhance our connection. Our first volunteer event with Craig and Pathways to Volunteering was in December 2016 at the Veteran Holiday Celebration, and since then I have always been looking forward to do volunteer work with the group. I also sign up for events on my own, but I have never had as much fun as when I volunteer with Craig and the group. He makes sure all the necessary elements are in place (parking, dress code, etc...) so that the experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. No matter where the event is, I know that I won't feel out of place when Craig is there. So far I have loved all the events I participated in, such as cooking lunch for the women's center in DTLA or dinner service at the Midnight Mission (both of which we didn't have to go through any orientation, thanks to Craig), my favorites were with Big Sunday. At the 5th Annual Valentine-Making, Games and Community Dinner in February 2017, after we finished packing and wrapping the valentine gift boxes, we had this big bingo game, in which my daughter and I won many prizes. We had so much fun. So it wasn't a surprise when she and I, as part of Pathways to Volunteering group and with Craig, had a great Mother's Day this past Sunday when we went on a cruise with Big Sunday at Port O'Call. We enjoyed ourselves playing Tic-tac-toe, hangman, and Unos while making friends with other people on the boat. We got to see seals on the rocks and dolphins swimming in the ocean. I am grateful to Big Sunday for organizing the aforementioned events, but I am personally thankful to Craig for signing us up, for being the point person throughout the process, and for always being the familiar face in the crowd.
I spent this past Saturday morning with Pathways painting the walls of 42nd St Elementary School. It was such a smooth event - Craig was exceptional is informing me of the organization, the vision, and the event that day. He plugged me into a task, which I got started immediately. I met some awesome people while painting - it was good vibes all around. I'm glad I checked out Pathways - I'll be looking out for more opportunities.
I came across Pathways to volunteering through Meetup. I have recently moved to Los Angeles and have been meaning to volunteer for awhile now but only recently have I had the time to actually put my intentions into practice. I participated in the Painting Murals Project at an elementary school and helped to brighten up it's walls. I would recommend volunteering with Pathways to Volunteering if you genuinely have the passion to help and give your time and talents. Today's experience reminded me that I used to have an artistic side of myself in my childhood days. I enjoyed myself today collaborating with other giving individuals and hope to do it again in the near future.
I have always loved volunteering and got involved with Pathways to Volunteering through my sister. I love the variety of events we attended from Easter Basket Making and Day of the Child to being a coach at the Junior Blind Olympics. At each event, we were able to prepare gifts, or spend the day with a child from a different group of people with specific needs. The most rewarding part of volunteering with Pathways to Volunteering, was the fact that I was able to meet so many people with at least one thing in common- the passion to help people.
My favorite event was the Junior Blind Olympics where I was able to get to know the coaches and athletes on my team. Before the event, I was nervous about being a coach because I had never had to coach of lead anything before. But being able to explain events to partially blind athletes and encouraging them to try their hardest had the most unbelievable reward. The happiness really showed on their faces. These athletes came from near and far to get the experience of a lifetime. I was able to share my vision with these athletes and encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and participate in the sporting events that had been set up. It was an amazing feeling knowing that I was a part of their new adventures.
I love volunteering because it is a constant reminder to appreciate what I have, how blessed I am to be able to help, and to always try my hardest in everything I do. I would definitely recommend Pathways to Volunteering to others because just like the athletes had to step out of their comfort zone, I had the chance to do that myself and get to meet great people at the same time.
I came across Craig’s LA Mission event on Meetup some years ago before Pathways was even a formal organization-back when it was still at its grassroots stage. It was the very first volunteering event I found after many failed attempts of seeking out volunteer opportunities. I really enjoyed participating in community service clubs as a student but after graduating, I had an incredibly difficult time finding ways to volunteer as an individual. I would call endless shelters and churches during the holidays and was surprised to actually get turned down with responses such as “we have enough volunteers already.” With the facilitation of Craig and his events, I was able to volunteer again-an experience that I always found incredibly rewarding but just simply didn’t know where to look. It was truly admirable to see how dedicated Craig was toward serving the community; he is passionate about helping those in need and it is especially apparent through his interactions with others. In fact, his dedication to the community is almost infectious. He’s also a great advocate for volunteers participating at his events and always puts in the extra effort to make sure everyone is safe, happy, and works hard to provide a large variety of community service opportunities from working with disadvantaged youth, homeless shelters, veterans etc. so that many different populations are served. My experiences working with Pathways have only been positive and I would highly recommend this organization to everyone. Thanks to Pathways, I was able to interact with those less fortunate and gain invaluable experiences along the way. Pathways is such an important asset to both the underserved and volunteers in the community and I look forward to their continued growth and well-deserved success!
I started looking online at meetup groups and was interested in finding volunteer work. I came across the Pathways to Volunteering and decided to try it out. This was over a year ago and I really enjoy working with the people in this group. Craig Shinmon is a wonderful group leader with a huge heart for helping those in need. He finds wonderful opportunities for the group to get involved in.
A couple of activities I was involved in will forever affect me. One of them was handing out food to the homeless at the LA Mission. This was a very humbling experience and everyone in our group worked so well together to get the job done. The other was handing out hygiene kits to homeless in downtown Santa Ana. There were so many people in need and it was hard to turn people away after all the kits were gone. I'd had no idea how many people there were camping out around the courthouse. It made me realize how huge the need really is.
I would highly recommend this group to anyone interested in reaching out to the community, by giving back through support and donating time to helping the needy. If you are looking for a fun and energized group of people look no further. I have not even begun to say enough about this organization.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Mahatma Gandhi. Since my youth I have been volunteering and providing services to the communities and patrons throughout Southern California. I was introduced to Pathways to Volunteering through a meetup group service project at the Midnight Mission a little over one years ago. At this initial project we prepared and served food to homeless patrons who are in the process of recovery towards self-sufficient independent living. Craig had arranged the meetup about 30 minutes before the actual event, which help me greatly as me and my sister was running late that day. Upon arriving I knew immediately that Craig was an organized leader and was very experienced in planning to help late comers to attend the volunteering assignment. The event was very well planned and Craig took the time to arranged for a detailed tour of the Midnight Mission to give each and everyone of the attendee the background of facility, goals, purposes and programs. This tour was a very special touch as I had not encountered it in any other volunteering projects I have been involved over the years. Pathways to Volunteering is one of the most organized volunteering agency and those who meet its organizers, will find out there is excellent leadership. Pathways to Volunteer organizes volunteering services to all various age group and various activities, if anyone is looking to find a place of belonging in volunteering, they will definitely find something to enjoy at Pathways to Volunteer. I look forward to more experiences in volunteering with Pathways to Volunteer.
Pathways to volunteering has enabled me to participate in multiple causes. Perhaps most memorable is serving the US veterans during the holidays at the VA. There are also opportunities to help throughout the year. Craig seems to be really devoted towards this giving cause!
I discovered Pathways To Volunteering (PTV) through the meetup events. My first volunteer was at LA Food Bank, then, I volunteer for the Veterans Holiday Celebration (VHC), where in this event I finally met Craig Shinmon, the Founder/Program Coordinator of the PTV. He shared me his experiences when he visited some Asian countries and he was also informed me the upcoming activities at PTV. From his sharing, I could tell that he has passions in helping/serving people in need and would like to encourage people to join him and feel the remarkable experience in helping people. No matter how big or small you could participate in, you would learn new things and it’s priceless.
As I mentioned earlier, one of the volunteer events I like to join was the VHC event. The reason I like to participate in this event because I think even though the veterans are no longer on active duty, but the men and women who have served this country deserve praise. My tasks were assisting with seating and serving food for the veterans and their families. The most exciting part when I did this tasks was when they’re sharing their incredible stories especially when they’re on active duty, far away from their families. I was amazed and learned a lot from their stories.
The other volunteer activity I would like to share was when I involved in Junior’s blind holiday carnival. They transformed the gymnasium into a winter wonderland for the family member of all ages to enjoy the activities. At that time, I got in charged on the smashing can game. Although most of the kids were visually impaired/disability, but they could play all of the games pretty well. I was so happy and cheerful could be able to assist the kids playing, and at the same time felt touched by their spirits and their families support. Sometimes we’re still complaining about life, we don’t appreciate what we already have, and easily give up. When I assisted the kids, I was ashamed of myself and I thought I should learn by the spirit of those beautiful kids: Never complaints and never give up! Be tough, be happy!
Of course, there’s a lot more volunteer activities stories that I can’t share them all here. The next volunteer activity that I had signed up is Junior’s Blind Olympics. Volunteers will serve as Coaches and Coach Assistants to be paired with partial or blind athletes from the Western region of The United States. Even though the event started pretty early, but I am so excited for this event. It will be another incredible moment of my life that I will learn from this event.
If you want to volunteer but don’t know where to start yet, please come out and join us, Pathways To Volunteering. There’s a different kind of activities that you could participate in. Once you sign up for the events that you're interested in, Craig will email you the detail information of the event and when the date is getting closer, he will update you all the information you need to know. Feel free to ask him if you have any questions/concerns. So far, I have good experience in joining PTV. Craig has never let us down. He cares people more than he cares himself. For example at the volunteer event, even though Craig is busy, but he has never forgotten to check on the volunteers to make sure if everything is ok. If he can’t come to the event because there’s another event he has to help, he always asks someone like Terry to be a leader on the team and check on us to make sure if everything is fine. Both Craig and Terry like to remind us if we’re tired, we can take a rest and have lunch. They would find someone to replace us while we're gone for rest. It’s really grateful to have this nice team. I've never felt awkward to work together with other volunteers on this team. Even though I just met once with some of the volunteers, but it feels like we are a family who cares for each other.