My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Heaventrain, Cleveland, OH, USA
My wife (the Missions Director at our local church) and I have been involved with Heaventrain and Lighthouse, Inc. for almost three years both as volunteers and supportors both with time and funding. I was fortunate to be involved in helping plan two fund-raising gala events with this organization and plan to do so long into the future.
This organization and the ministries it provides is one of the few that really hit home for me. They seek not to just fight against social injustice, but do something directly about it. They don't wait for someone in need to come to them, they take it right to where they live their lives and dream their dreams.
I've seen kids served a meal and play games with teen and adult volunteers without shoes and coats during the winter. I've seen young adults state that Heaventrain is their home church. This is all they've known. We have high school students here in the Central Cleveland neighboorhoods reaching graduation with an 8th grade reading level. Where will they go from here, how will they make a contribution. THIS CAN'T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.
The leadership team at Lighthouse, Inc. is very conscientious about how they spend the funds and resources they recieve they just need more to continue to achieve the successful results they have seen with these kids. The main obstacle the organization has is needing a broader consistent funding base which they are seeking to overcome.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Through my time volunteering on Heaventrain, I feel I receive more than the kids. I've learned to be greatful for what I've received and my faith has been strengthened as I see those is more difficult circumstances than my own still have faith in a loving God. I also have been able to work with very passionate people at Lighthouse who know how to get the most from the resources they have.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide them with a broader and deeper consistent funding source so they could plan 5-10 years into the future to broaden the scope of individuals they can reach.
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?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Nothing I can think of, they have a great exposure and on-boarding program for new or potential volunteers.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I've been introduced to other volunteers and members of the leadership team that have given me a much better knowledge and appreciate for what it takes to run and operate a non-profit organization.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I feel proud of what I've been able to do through this organization and very grateful for how I've been blessed in my life.
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