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Melissa McWhinney

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Review for Join for Justice, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Jewish Organizing Initiative is a marvelous organization that puts money, in the form of people and financial support, where the mouth is, on social justice issues. JOI sent us the most wonderful Fellow who did vital tenant organizing in public housing for a year. We could never have afforded to bring her on without JOI's financial assistance, and the support, training, encouragement and resources that JOI provided to our Fellow made her experience, and ours, extremely rich. The whole endeavor was so very worthwhile that we have taken on that Community Organizer as a permanent employee. It would not have happened without JOI.

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

providing us with trained, thoughtful, well-prepared young people who are ready to take on difficult social justice work.

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

Hard to think of something.

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

It's clarity of mission and ability to fulfill its mission.

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

terrific; smart, focussed, lovely, very knowledgeable.

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

train and support a whole bunch of Fellows who would then go out and change the world!

Ways to make it better...

the Fellow did not have to spend a number of Fridays at trainings away from work (which begs the question of when they would get very necessary training!)

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

is finding Jews who are multicultural/multilingual. I think all of the Fellows were white. The one we chose speaks Spanish fluently, which is why we chose her, but it would be great to find non-white Jews, if possible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's really a great program. I'm not sure my time is "valuable", but there are a million worthwhile things I could be doing with these minutes, and the fact that I have chosen to spend them on JOI means that I really like what they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & We had a JOI Fellow work as a Community Organizer with public housing tenants that we serve as an anti-poverty agency.