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Sarah d.

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Review for Al Otro Lado Inc, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering with Al Otro Lado has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. I recently spent 12 days volunteering with AOL in Tijuana. I was awestruck to witness the dedication, passion, and ferocity with which AOL defends migrant populations from the massive human rights abuses being committed by the US and Mexican governments. Their work is incredibly vital and I absolutely believe that anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of people fleeing brutal violence should volunteer or donate to AOL.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Central American Resource Center- Carecen, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I first volunteered at CARECEN three years ago, I didn't intend to spend a significant amount of time with the organization. I was going to teach one session of citizenship classes to meet my school's community service requirement, and be done with it. Looking back, I can't help but laugh. What was originally intended to be ten weeks turned into what I know will be a life-long committment.

During the last three years, I have not only taught six ten-week sessions of citizenship classes, I have also provided volunteer translation and interpretation services, assisted with administrative tasks, and helped staff citizenship workshops. I also had the amazing opportunity to participate in CARECEN's semester-long Citizenship and Civic Participation Internship, where I was able to get to know the organization from an even more in-depth perspective.

CARECEN is a "one-stop shop" for immigrants in the Washington, DC area. In addition to citizenship-related services, the organization also addresses housing, employment, and discrimination issues. The impressive legal staff handles all kinds of cases, though the majority have to do with clients' immigration struggles. Each person employed by the organization demonstrates daily the kind of passion only felt by the truly dedicated.

I am proud to say that they have passed some of their dedication on to me. Working with CARECEN has inspired me to pursue my legal education, where I am following a concentration in immigration law. And even though I now live several hundred miles away from Washington, DC, I still keep in regular contact with the staff and many of the clients. Although I cannot be at CARECEN in person, I continue to provide assistance with translations, and anything else that I can do from a distance.

This non-profit organization embodies the highest standards of excellence, and is one of the greatest assets available to the immigrant community of Washington, DC. As a volunteer, intern, and friend, I give CARECEN my highest commendation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not only been on the volunteer side of CARECEN, but I have also received assistance from a client standpoint. Last year, when I needed help to bring my husband to the United States, the legal staff at CARECEN was there for me. They assisted me with a lot of difficult paperwork and walked me through the immigration process step by step. It was such a relief to know that I had well-informed legal minds helping me to navigate a system that I barely understood. I owe them all so much gratitude.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only thing I would do to change CARECEN would be to give them more funding!! CARECEN does great things, and they would be able to do so many more if they had more capital.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Role:  Volunteer & I taught citizenship classes, provided translations and interpretations, staffed citizenship workshops, and participated in a semester-long internship.