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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Amanda the panda's mission is to restore grieving children and families back into the mainstream of their lives through innovative services that provide hope and healing. Services include: weekend grief camps, support groups, fun days, school visits, community outreach and holiday support.

Programs: Camp amanda - for children & adults that have experienced the death of a loved one; amanda the panda & support groups - caring support for children and family members.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mark50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amanda the Panda, the staff, clients and fellow volunteer's are second to none. We feel that we are part of the organization. True friendships and bonds have been made with everyone we've had the opportunity to serve or volunteer with. When we volunteer with Amanda the Panda we always feel that in someway shape or form we are making a difference. This organization is very well run with only a staff of 3. Every time we volunteer we never feel frustrated or that our time wasn't used to wisely. It is not uncommon to be greeted with a hug. The best feeling is to be recognized and given a hug by a client that recognizes you away from Amanda the Panda

AmDaniels

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have enjoyed all the time that I have spent with Amanda the Panda. I went into my volunteer experience wanting to help others who have had a death in their family because I knew the impact that death had on the lives of others. During the time I spent with Amanda the Panda I began to open up and share my own story and feelings about the death of my loved one. The death of my loved one was not something I had every talked about, and at first I didn't talk about it. I learned through the various activities that I had participated in that my experience allowed others to be open and honest about how they felt as well. During one activity there was a child that did not want to share about their emotions during the loss of their loved ones, and when I shared that I was angry at the time that child was able to open up. The remaining sessions we spent together the child was more open and willing to share. The friendships you make with the staff, volunteers, and families impacted by Amanda the Panda are amazing. The staff at Amanda the Panda go above and beyond every day to make all the people they meet feel welcomed and special.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amanda the Panda helps grieving children communicate their feelings and gain an understanding of the grieving process, empowering them with a sense of hope and healing. All of Amanda the Panda's services are provided at no cost to the families. When bereavement support is available, grieving children are 20 times less likely to develop behavior disorders, 10 times less likely to develop substance abuse issues, and 5 times less likely to commit suicide. This vital grief support makes a lasting and life altering positive impact on the children and families of Iowa, allowing more children to return to the mainstream of their lives with the coping tools they need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit that works hard to help children and families through their process of grief. It seems like every time I tell someone I volunteer for Amanda the Panda, they tell me how the organization has helped them or someone they know. The loss of a loved one is a difficult experience to deal with on your own, and Amanda the Panda has perfected their process of helping people cope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband passed away in September 2004 from stomach cancer when he was just 39. He left behind 4 children ranging in age from teenagers to toddlers. From the time he was diagnosed until when he died was just 7 months. During that time - so many friends and family were there to help us, but after his death - everyone had to get back to their lives... and it became very quiet. Not many people knew what to say or what they could do to help - and frankly - neither did I.

Then, along came Amanda the Panda! They offered some unique holiday support that simply became a life line for us during that first Christmas season. Then, we were able to attend camp, family outings, etc... Amanda the Panda is a unique organization that comes in just when everyone else steps out. They understand. They offer support. And, they help you to find your way to a new "normal".

Soon after being a "client" - I began volunteering at camp. More recently, I have helped facilitate support groups. Being able to help others who have experienced significant loss not only provides support to them, but helps me to grow and heal as well.

There just isn't any other organization who can do what Amanda the Panda offers. It almost becomes the "club" you never wanted to join, but you are thankful beyond words that it exists and is always "accepting new members." Simply put - these are services that are life-changing for all involved!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amanda The Panda is a wonderful organization. They truly help the grieving community in Des Moines. What an honor it is to volunteer with such an amazing group, who truly are passionate about helping people when they need it most. THANK YOU!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Amanda the Panda for almost 5 years now and it is an organization that changes lives. I realized how important it is to have a group like this in your community. I have a 9 year old daughter and cannot imagine losing her...god forbid something tragic should ever happen to myself or my family it is a blessing to know there is Amanda the Panda. We all will experience a death in our lives at one point and we all must find a way to live a new normal after that death. Amanda the Panda shows you and helps you to cope and how to find your new normal and to celebrate the loved one you lost.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family would be so lost without this organization. After the loss of their father and my husband they have become part of our family. The Christmas box was the best thing ever for our first Christmas without him. Wonderful organization

ATP Intern

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Death was always a topic I never wanted to talk about. To be honest, it was something that scared me a bit because as someone who is left behind to grieve... it really hurts. Amanda the Panda is an organization that walks you through the pain step by step. The staff and all the volunteers take the time to help you get back up, hold your hand and let you know that you will make it! You can do it! The camps provide an atmosphere of friendship, encouragement and love in a time when you feel down and could really use it. Their support groups are staffed with an amazing group of dedicated volunteers that work with you in your most trying times. I have seen the staff go out of their way to meet the needs of the support group and camp participants. The Amanda the Panda crew though few in number is strong and powerful in will and heart and can accomplish anything they set out to do because they truly care about those they serve. I feel truly blessed to have volunteered my time for such an outstanding organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 3

It was gratifying to help wrap gifts for children who are hurting during the holidays! Now I've signed up to train as a regular volunteer!

Review from Guidestar