My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jewish Federation Of Greater Orlando Inc, Maitland, FL, USA
My son, who has Aspergers, enrolled in RAISE a few years ago and it was the first time he had success in a job. He was already well into his 20’s and had tried a variety of paid and volunteer jobs, some with coaching. If you’re reading this, you too probably have a unique child who finds it challenging to fit into a workplace. I almost couldn’t believe my son’s success in his job working in the dining room of an independent living facility. His RAISE coach encouraged him and supported his strengths so that not only did he excel at setting the tables but he also interacted positively with the residents. He would come home after his shift and tell me about the conversations he had with the residents and the other staff. I could see his self esteem improve. His RAISE coach soon determined that he was performing his job responsibilities successfully on his own and didn’t need her help anymore. I give credit to the well organized, practical, supportive, and respectful RAISE program that enabled my son to have a positive and successful work experience.
Review for Farmworker Association of Florida Inc. (FWAF), Apopka, FL, USA
I've been working with FWAF for several years specifically on the lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt project and I must say the experience has far exceeded my expectaions. Not only did I have the opportunity to work with an inspiring group of former farmworkers and help them create a memorial quilt to those who worked on the muck, but I got to see the exhibited quilts impact many people, young and old from different backgrounds. These viewers of the quilts, whether members of the farmworking community, students, environmental justice activists, or just folks seeing the quilts and for the first time becoming aware of farmworkers' lives, all walked away from the quilts with a greater knowlege and empathy towards the lives and challenges of the life of a farmworker. We set our goals high and, with the masterful help of Jeannie Economos, found ourselves and the quilts in Tallahassee in front of a special Senate Agriculture Committee where Jeannie and a former farmworker (and the main quiltmaker) presented a case for better health services for the Lake Apopka former farmworkers who suffered years of exposure to pesticides.
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