I volunteered at the Baldwin when they were preparing the backpacks for the children to give them for the new school year. Every year they do this and it is wonderful to see the faces of children who would otherwise not receive new school supplies that belong only to them. Baldwin also serves meals to individuals and families in need, allows them the wash clothes and take showers if necessary and they give them the items needed for each. It is a wonderful place and the people who are there are the best and most friendly people around.
I have been donating to the Baldwin Center since 1988 or so and they have impressed me with how much they do for their patrons. I give to them because I know that they don't sell any of the items I gift - they give them away to those in need. No other charities do that. I am trying to help them fulfill their mission to help in the Pontiac community. They are wonderful, caring people who run the programs.
I volunteered the Baldwin Center for the first time in June of 2012, and was impressed by the amount of service provided on what is obviously a shoestring budget. Without exception, the staff is committed and caring; every time I had questions, whether in person or by phone, those I talked with took time to explain at length. I'm looking forward to my next visit!
I came into the Baldwin Center as an intern but to my surprise it turn out to be much more than an internship. Baldwin Center is like a family whether your employed here, a volunteer or are enrolled into their services/programs they treat you with the up most respect. Not only am I an intern here, I am also a parent who's child is involved in the summer program. The summer program is a wonderful program that encourages, teaches, and empowers the kids involved. It gives the parent and the kids a feeling of safety. I have came to be a person that will tell anyone who will listen the great things that Baldwin Center offers and their contributions to the Pontiac area. This is a program that should be duplicated in different cities. If anyone has the time or the passion to make a change or make someone or themselves feel good Baldwin Center is the place to volunteer. Also the food in the soup kitchen is wonderful.
I began volunteering at the Baldwin Center a little over a month ago for a class I am taking. My experience here has been nothing short of amazing. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the programs offered are some of the best I've seen at a non-profit. The Baldwin Center does so much for the city of Pontiac and I'm proud to be able to lend a hand!
I've been volunteering here for a few years now. The number of different programs that go on here are just amazing. In my time with the Baldwin Center I've done everything from going on bike rides with the youth to delivering food to the elderly to working in the gardens with developmentally challenged young adults. Its incredible how many and how varied the Baldwin Center's programs are.
I have volunteered here numerous times and have been pleasantly met with kindness and lots of opportunity. The goal of the staff at Baldwin Center is to create a positive environment and serve the people of Pontiac. I recommend The Baldwin Center for anyone looking to help the community of Pontiac or receive help!
I have taken a number of groups of teens to volunteer at the Baldwin Center. The staff are kind and appreciative. They always have worthwhile projects for teens to complete. I look forward to taking a group back in the fall.
The Baldwin Center focuses on the grassroots needs of Pontiac. Their comprehensive services and programs are designed to assist individuals of all ages. I have enjoyed working with the clients and learning about the Pontiac community. The staff and volunteers are caring, warm and compassionate people, and I look forward to working with them again. Keep up the great work !
I'm a volunteer with the after-school physical activity program and have had the best experience! The staff is terrific and very engaging to get the children active and participate in enrichment, academic and recreational activities. I think the best thing that I have witnessed during the past year at the Baldwin Center is the relationships that the staff and volunteers have with the children. The Baldwin Center provides a safe, friendly and loving environment for at-risk children living in poverty.
The Baldwin center is the heart of the community! The services and staff are invaluable to the people who need help, and, I believe that they are also invaluable to the people who volunteer. Sometimes hearts are healed by helping as much as by being helped. I love going to Baldwin and helping, everyone should have this experience.
I went to the baldwin soup kitchen with my highschool- Avondale highschool. I helped pour the kool-aid into the people's cup that came into the soup for food and just to get out of the cold that day. Some ways that i made the people there feel comfortable was by them this about my school and what sports i play and just having a general conversation with them this made me feel happy and proud of myselof to see myself helping those who are in need. When i served them i called them mam and sir.Then said would you like some kool-aid. They responded yes. But there while i was in the soup kitchen people gave me complients on how in was doing they really liked my smile. They even asked me to comeback one day again. I really hope that i could get to see those people again to greet them and make their day with my smile and making laugh. It was a really good example of community service
I was looking for an organization in my area that I could volunteer at on a regular basis. I went to a volunteer orientation meeting and was able to start volunteering that same week! The Baldwin Center fills so many needs in the city of Pontiac. No matter what you are interested in there is a way to help at the Baldwin center. I currently have been helping in the office. I get to hear and see how many people are helped by this organization. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with.
Good people to work with with, friendly, and caring people. Everyone made sure you were happy and taking care of. Had a lot of respect for those they were helping and to those that helped them.
We had a work group volunteer at the Baldwin Center this past week (right before Thanksgiving). I am amazed by the work they do and the wonderful positive attidues of the people who work there. They are doing so much for the community of pontiac and definilty making a impact. We appauld all they are doing!!!! keep up the great job!
I had been in search of a non-profit organization to volunteer my spare time to. Fortunately, through work connections, I was able to learn about the Baldwin Center. However, listening to a description of it doesn't do justice to what it feels like when you actually go see it and help. That's when you truly understand the meaning and can't help but want to join in the effort to feed, clothe, and empower people. The Baldwin Center is unique in that it not only helps those in need immediately, but is trying to help the youth avoid the notion that their current condition is the only situation they are capable of in the future. Not every non-profit out there provides a free meal, and offers tutoring and after school activities to the youth. How many non-profits are going "GREEN" and teaching gardening skills? How many non-profits have a play room for the kids and teach arts and crafts? Many people would stop at doing any one of these, yet the Baldwin Center is attempting to empower people who feel that they have absolutely nothing left with the skills and the tools to help them change their current situation. The staff that works at the Baldwin Center explains it best. When they give you a tour, they don't tell you where they need help or suggest what you can donate. They walk you around, describe what their goals are, and tell you to keep an open mind and listen to your heart. It's your heart that will tell you what difference you can make. After spending just a few minutes in this facility, you cannot help but humbly "hear" what you can do.
I have watched the Baldwin Center grow to a non-profit organization that is serving the entire Pontiac community. It always amazes me when I see the extent the staff will go to to assist the clients. They have showers for the homeless, washers & dryers for clients to use. The Baldwin Center is there for those in need, whether it’s the clothes closet, or kids after school program, or assisting the abused or finding jobs and housing, etc. The Baldwin Center has activity from early morn until dusk.
I loved helping out the Baldwin Center! It is a place that helps the city of Pontiac so much, they Feed, Clothe, Educate and Empower the community. Helping out is a very important thing in my life, I feel that I have a commitment to help out even in the smallest way possible, because at one point in our lives we have all needed someone's help and expected someone to be there for us. Helping the Baldwin Center just made me feel good, that my small contribution will help hundreds of families. :)
The Baldwin Center staffs are truly a dedicated group of indiviguals who are determined day in & day out to feed, clothe & empower the homeless who arrive at their door on any given day. Their care & concern is felt by their clients & volunteers alike! I once heard through a very casual conversation of a need for new socks simply so their clients would have a clean pair to put on their feet after they'd showered. How APPRECIATIVE & PLEASED were the clients & stafffs to have recieved SOCKS, yes SOCKS!!! (Little things CAN make a BIG difference! I LOVE SERVING WITH THEIR TEAM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!! : ) THANK YOU, BALDWIN CENTER!!!
Everyone was very friendly, even though the weather was bad. The center was also very busy! We were working on the greenhouse that they built to help feed the people of Pontiac. I thought the project was very cool. I would love to volunteer there again some time.