My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Desert AIDS Project, Palm Springs, CA, USA
I've volunteered at the DESERT AIDS PROJECT for nearly 8 years, since relocating to Palm Springs from Los Angeles. As an individual also living with long term HIV infection, I understand all to well the significance and importance of the varied social and medical services provided to those in need. Having some familiarity with similar organizations in larger urban areas (APLA in greater Los Angeles), I'm very glad to point out that the DESERT AIDS PROJECT is an exemplary, much lauded and well deserved plaudits for a non-profit of its nature. The agency has an extraordinarily well run, competent organizational structure, efficiently operated and with an outreach and advocacy programs that I have first hand witnessed to making and defining the difference between life and well-being vs sickness and mortality. Commitment, compassion and competent care seems to be the key motivation that emanates from within its' walls. I'm honored to be associated with it and feel a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment to be part of "giving back to the community" which it so brilliantly serves.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Witnessing the transformation of frightened, un-informed and often ailing individuals back into healthy, pro-active, educated on the disease and involved-in-their-health- decision-making. people thanks to the assistance, counseling and guidance (both medically and psychologically) received by becoming clients of the Agency or even just from inquiring about services that are available. These have been literal "life-altering" experiences and encounters that I've both witnessed and even been a part of.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Extend the hours to at least one weekend day (Saturday) with a minimal staff for medical emergencies. I might also make a few adjustments to the organizational flow chart to experiment with reporting structure in an effort to optimize efficiency. I would also advise the Board of Directors to re-direct more funding towards the Medical Clinic in an effort to improve that section of the overall operation and to expand the scope of clinic services and availability.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Increased efforts on improving Medical Clinic Operations
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Sharpened and kept intact skills already in possession of, particularly problem solving and disseminating important information by phone or in person. Provides constant opportunity to interact and assist people by having a position at the Agency's Front Desk Reception area, which is the first stop for nearly all visitors.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Helpful, fulfilling, the genuinely good feeling of knowing you made a significant difference in someone's life and well being. Camaraderie with both clients and full time employees of the Agency.
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