Once you truly understand the purpose of Amanda the Panda you will ask yourself. "Why hadn't I been involved sooner?" I know this because I have heard numerous volunteers say it and I had thought the same. After being involved with support groups and weekend camps, I saw up close and personal what the power of grief counseling can do for those who suffer with the loss of a loved one. The toll that death takes on everyone is different, but resources offered by Amanda the Panda can have life changing affects in individuals and their families. If you or a someone close to you has loss someone recently please check out, http://www.amandathepanda.org.
About three years ago a friend, who used Amanda the Panda's (ATP) services when she was a child, knew of my experience volunteering for a summer camp for chronically ill children and said I should get involved with ATP. I have since had the opportunity to participate and support numerous events and engage families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Our services are designed to support the needs of everyone in the family/household (like we say, we are here for those from ages 6-96) and provides hope and healing for those most impacted by the loss.
I have enjoyed every aspect of my volunteer experience and continually gain motivation from the amazing volunteers/staff to the family members we serve. My experiences range from helping with the remodeling of the office, to wrapping and delivering Cheer Boxes during the holiday, to serving as a Camp Amanda counselor. The power of our mission excites me daily and I know that with the right people, right motivation and right resources we can/will achieve great things and continue to provide amazing services to support hundreds of families who are going through a healing process. We are thankful for all our supporters, donors and volunteers, and hope you will check out our web-site to find out more about what we do in the community.
Review from Guidestar
During an Amanda the Panda orientation a woman was present to share her family’s story of grief when losing her husband. She was so very passionate and thankful for the support and generosity. It was truly an unfiltered sight of expression and gratitude.
The Executive Director is so zealous about this organization, it is hard not to want to be a part of it. She continues to keep Mrs. Zimmerman’s vision insight and expresses the same emotion for Amanda the Panda as if it was the very first day of Amanda’s unveiling. Members of this board are stern and faithful, they watch over this organization just as if it was one of our children receiving grief support.
Camp Amanda provides emotional outreach and a place to collaborate with others cooping with loss. This camp opens our kid’s lives to endless support throughout a weekend long retreat, allowing them to express, heal and have fun.