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Causes: Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: weSPARK is a special place dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families and friends. weSPARK provides free of charge, a center where one can join with others to share their experience, strength, and hope. weSpark offers multiple services designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those lives that have been affected by cancer.

Target demographics: cancer patients and their loved ones

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley

Programs: free support groups and a host of other therapeutic and holistic programs. These programs are designed to alleviate fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, and evoke feelings of relaxation and well-being.

Community Stories

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I provided entertainment services for two of the We Spark Events. The people that attended (recipients of services from the organization) were most thankful to the organization and told me of the life changing activities provided by We Spark. A most positive and upbeat crowd thankful for the organization. It doesn't get any better. Regards, Paul Green

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I am an entertainer and I have participated in a number of the fundraising events for WeSpark. This is a wonderful organization and many of the attendees of the events speak highly of the support they receive from WeSpark. I lend my talents to only a few select organizations--WeSpark is definately one of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend asked that I help volunteer at a charity golf tourny a couple of years a go for WeSpark. I couldn't believe the outpouring of support people had for such a worthy cause. Helping people with cancer and their support team with free outreach is just phenomenal! What makes WeSpark's services so unique is that it culminated from Wendie Jo's personal experience combating cancer. She knows what kind of support cancer fighters and their support team need in order to survive the treatment and recovery of cancer. I know if I had to recommend a support service WeSpark is at the top of my list.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization, which helps women, their children and their husbands have a safe place to go to get free information and help. It has all different programs helping people to learn to LIVE with cancer

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with weSPARK as a volunteer with my Temple Women's Auxiliary Group WOW (Women of Wise). In the past three years, our group has donated beautiful hand-made inspirational pillows, hand-crafted yoga bags with mats, Hanukkah family gifts, and journals. Recently, we hosted a cooking class with cancer-prevention nutritionist Pamela Herskovitz. This agency does remarkable work, and we will continue to support them in the upccoming year as well.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Located in the San Fernando Valley, weSPARK is a unique cancer support center dedicated to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients. As a volunteer. I am privileged to give of my time there. When you enter the center you are met with a staff of warm and loving people. The atmosphere gives you a feeling of hope. With all the activities and support groups going on you know something magical is going on. People are smiling.

6 kimestes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been volunteering for the WESpark organization for quite a while before I myself was diagnosed with cancer. Not only did my work at WeSpark help me gain insight into the heart of the organization, but it also let me see how many lives the organization touched in the process of helping and healing. It was very comforting knowing that WeSpark was there and about the many powerful assistance tools that they possess.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have not personally utilized the services of WeSPARK, however I have volunteered for this organization with fundraisers for the past 6 or 7 years. I believe, as a cancer survivor myself, that they have a very important and needed mission, which needs to be available to anyone that needs this invaluable service they offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to We Sparks because I am a breast cancer survivor, but also because of a freind who is an actor who died of cancer. I ran into him on the set of Grey's Anatomy a few months before he died. He thought I could do some good there, having lost my breasts to "the Monster." We had originally met on my birthday on a set, and he had offered to buy me lunch. That was just a few weeks before my own cancer diagnosis. I never got to return the favor. I will always owe him that lunch. Even though he was terminal, he was doing what he loved to the bitter end, and I understand that, all too well. We Sparks is a place for people to heal. It is a place for people to connect. It is a place that someone like my friend needed. It may also be a place like someone like you or someone you love may need. -Laura Tull

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSPARK was created by Wendie Jo Sperber because their was an incredible need for mind, body and spirit support for people and their families that were dealing with cancer. I met Wendie as she was organizing her first event so that her amazing dream could become a reality. I am a cancer survivor and when I was diagnosed and going through treatment there was no WeSPARK. I am proud and honored to have been and continue to be a part of a center that offers comfort, support, love and spiritual connection for all those dealing with cancer.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love WeSPARK. I adored Wendy and I admire her approach to wellness. A member of WeSPARK invited me to the center and the staff just WOW-ed me with their kindness and care. Love heals and this is a terrific place to feel loved. Michael Dudikoff

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a guided imagery facilitator at WeSpark, I know how valuable this organization is to so many people with cancer. It offers connection, community, support on so many levels to those going through crisis. There should be more groups like this one.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working the Wendy Jo Golf Classic with WeSpark was such a rewarding experience. They are one of the most organized volunteer organizations I've had the pleasure of working with, and I will continue to help them in an effort for endless success.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WeSPARK is a tremendous organization that does amazing things for a great cause. All WeSpark events are extremely fun and the people great.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK is an amazing place dedicated to helping, encouraging and teaching. This place has become a home where people can share stories, tears and courage and learn to live with and overcome the fears taht accompany this ugly disease called Caner.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for 4 years now. I originally got involved with the non-profit through the company that I worked for when weSpark came by looking for some volunteers. After finding out what they did for cancer patients and their families I instantly felt great respect for these people and their cause. I lost my Grandfather years ago to cancer and I felt like it didn't allow me to meet the man I feel like I'm most like. weSpark allows people like me to learn to cope with the fight against cancer, even if it isn't always a winning battle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been priveledged to be part of weSPARK since the very beginning. Wendie Jo, our beloved founder was a dear friend of mine. Since our doors opened in March of 2001 I have enjoyed being part of creating this most loving, nurturing and healing center. In a warm homelike environment families and individuals can find an oasis during a challenging and frighteneing time in their lives. On a daily basis I see people benifiting from the healing services and rebuilding their bodies and lives. I hear laughter and tears coming from the rooms as our guests share their stories with each other. I am trully the luckiest person in the world to work in this loving evironment.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering at weSPARK and the experience has been truly inspiring. It has been in interacting with guests in the halls, out in front and even in the parking lot, that I discovered the power of weSPARK for the many lives it touches. I remember a moment when I first talked to a guest about our services and seeing her the next day. It was her face, as she recognized me and said hello with a smile, that made me realize how powerful weSPARK's work is. It is a community of experiences, a place of love. I value my time at weSPARK for each smile in the kitchen, the sound of classes in the rooms and the laughter of guests before yoga. This is a place of strength and healing and that is wonderful to be a part of.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with weSpark is as a volunteer. I do not deal with the clients directly however, I can feel the healing environment each time I walk in the door. The atmosphere is quiet and warm. The other volunteers I have worked with along with the staff are kind and loving. I look forward to my days at weSpark and feeling even better each time I walk out the door.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known of the weSpark Center for several years, but only in the past year have I personally become affiliated with them. After having a close family member diagnosed with cancer, I can not believe how crucial cancer support centers, like weSpark, are to the patient's treatment and healing process. First what sets weSpark's apart is that is does not feel like a "cancer center" but more like a mental wellness and spa retreat where patients can enjoy yoga, or nutrition classes -- or find the support or therapy sessions they need in what is often an extrememly tense, stressful and painful experience. It's amazing places -- and people like the weSpark -- exist and continue to strive to bring the best techniques, methods and facilities to their patients.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

weSPARK provides an invaluable service to anyone who has been touched by cancer and unfortunately those numbers keep rising. Being able to seek help in a non-insitutional settiing aids in the healing process and allows people to join a community that relates in a stress-free environment. I have been a part of weSPARK since Wendie Jo opened the doors both as a volunteer and employee. I would love to see her dream come true; to have a center in every community where the need exists.