I came through Tanf - at first I did not like it, I thought I was wasting time. One day I began translating from English to Spanish. Olivia heard and later looked for me to help her translate some questions for her class. She manifested how pleased she was right then and there I started feeling useful. I was glad I could help. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)
I have offered individual and group counseling services on a weekly basis at the Women's Intercultural Center over the past 4 months. My experience has been outstanding, as I have felt welcomed by the Center's staff and members and look forward to my time there every week. As a doctoral student in counseling psychology at NMSU, I feel that I am gaining important experience and constantly learning through my work with the organization. I look forward to continuing my work with the Center over the next two years. In addition, I am consistently impressed by the breath and variety of educational courses, arts classes, and support programs offered by the Women's Intercultural Center. The Women's Intercultural Center is truly a grassroots, community based organization, as it values and utilizes the strengths of its members to work towards more widespread community empowerment.
I have lived and worked in this community for 30 years. During this time I have met many families and are aware of their educational, economic, spiritual, and political needs. This goes hand in hand with the mission that the Women's Intercultural Center strives to accomplish. To be able to take part in the growth of this organization has been rewarding since my reason for volunteering was to take part in helping the families progress. This includes surrounding area communities. By volunteering I feel I show God gratitude for His blessings in my life.