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maryparkerlamm

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Review for Reading Connection, Inc., Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked in a local homeless shelter for 7 years and during the first couple of years, I was so blown away by the impact The Reading Connection was having on our children living here, that I wanted to learn more about them. By learning more, I was even more impressed and for the past 4 years, I have been a volunteer at another reading site!

I have worked in non-profits my entire 30 year career and can unequivocally say that a more professional, effective and efficient non-profit would be hard to find. They are the entire package! They are committed to providing the opportunity for children to learn to love books; exposing them to reading, books and an entire world of learning! At the same time, they ensure that their volunteers are engaged, trained and well taken care of. I never pass up an opportunity to let others know how proud I am to be a part of TRC and proud of the work that they (and we as volunteers) do to expose children to reading and to ensuring they have their own reading library!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Canine Partners for Life, Cochranville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My adult son has had epilepsy since he was 6 years old and at 26, he was so isolated and not able to be independent because of the severity of his seizures. We learned about CP4L and his life changed 360 degrees! We visited almost monthly for two years as my son waited to be partnered and we were continuously amazed at the commitment and love shown by everyone involved! The professionalism, care and love that all staff give each and every day to the dogs and clients is something not found in other programs. Trust me, we looked at other programs because when someone looks for a service animal, it is not done lightly or without researching other organizations. I know that CP4L is the best that is out there! When our son was partnered with his service animal, we spent 22 days at CP4L in their Team Training Program and not only was our son totally prepared to take care of his partner, he understood the continued support that he could and would receive from CP4L and received a dog that is so amazingly trained. I am grateful every single day as I watch our son leave the house with confidence; confidence that his dog will give him a heads-up before he is to have a seizure. This allows him to take the Metro and buses around the DC Metro community while attending college. CP4L, their committed board, staff and volunteers give so much love to this program each and every day and I will spend my life being grateful to the gift of life that my son received from them! There's is no greater non-profit out there and certainly, no greater training program for service animals and their partners. Thanks CP4L! [just as a side note, we were in Barnes and Noble this past holiday season and another service animal (from another training program] entered the bookstore and immediately began growling and barking at my son's dog. The partner of the other service animal had to leave the store because he couldn't get his dog under control. My son's partner, never blinked and continued to stand quietly by his side - his training was second to none!]

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

every way as my son interviewed, attended Graduate Support classes as an applicant, attended and completed Team Training and continues to attend the Graduate Support Classes as a recipient. I see the wonderful results of their efforts each and every day!

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

change absolutely nothing! I just wish that I could donate more funds to support their efforts! They do a phenomenal service to so many each year! THANKS to CP4L for changing my son's life!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend shared the information on their website and my son contacted them!

Role:  General Member of the Public & Am the parent of a recipient.