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EstherCartier

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Review for Avodah, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

AVODAH is an incredible organization and as much as I appreciated the program when I was a corps member, I appreciate AVODAH infinitely more now that I'm an alumn. The year program itself is a fantastic way to experience the social change sector first-hand, since both communal living and programming provide a much-needed support system and a venue for reflection on the many questions inherent in service work. As an alumn, I've had the opportunity to see that AVODAH has truly built a national movement for change fueled by Jewish values. When I moved out of NY last year, I was able to connect almost immediately with individuals who shared my values and vision for the world (and with whom I could also reminisce about a unique year-long experience) - what a powerful thing! I continue to feel supported by fellow alumni via the listserv and inspired by all the work that alumni go on to do in their lives.

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

attending the alumni retreat last year. Hearing about all the incredible things that AVODAH empowers people to do with their lives is truly inspiring.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way that the program is able to engage head-on with the issues that come up for people when they're working in the social sector. There's no shying away from big questions about race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very supportive and knowledgeable. My program director was always willing to help out when something wasn't going right and the executive director provided great insight into our work through the lens of Jewish values.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.

Ways to make it better...

we had had a more sustained interaction with other program cities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting men! (But, hey, this is the Jewish non-profit sector. What can you do?)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Former Volunteer & I was placed at Project Renewal in NYC and provided vocational and educational counseling services to homeless adults.