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Kara13

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Review for Packard Health Inc, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been at the bottom of Packard's sliding scale for regular treatment for depression (my prescriptions), annual gyn exams, and miscellaneous medical needs that one takes to the GP. Unless tests were ordered I paid 20 bucks per visit. My GP, Dr. Holly Ross, sets a higher standard for the quality of care she provides than any doctor I have ever met.

She makes sure to ask lots of questions, really listen to what you have to say, answers your questions respectfully and fully, and reaches out to specialists/increases her knowledge base when there might be a better way to tackle a problem I'm facing. If you get in touch with *her* she will get back to you immediately through some sort of magical power. If you bring knowledge, questions, and a desire to work with her to get well she doesn't take that for granted. She seems to appreciate the patient's cooperation in the treatment. Great bedside manner. Knowledgeable about wide variety of medical problems I faced -- not afraid to admit it when she did need more specialized info. Always happy to help me off the clock in some very unusual circumstances. They have given me a real service here. A good doctor is hard to find.

Also, the staff is always friendly and relatable. It's a pleasure to see them in the office. Sorry if I'm redundant at all. Thanks for reading.

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

Sometimes calls aren't returned promptly if you leave a voicemail. The staff is not as perfect as Dr. Ross is in terms of responsiveness.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Transition House Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteer commitment level and match with the organization are taken very seriously. Training was thorough, life-changing -- worth it on its own. Work in the shelter for a few hours a week over a couple of years allowed me to be a part of the efforts to help all sorts of women in real need, and once in a while I could provide a critical link to a survivor in crisis through my work as a crisis line operator. Not to be undertaken lightly -- volunteering with violence survivors in crisis -- but well worth the effort if you have the time and passion for it.

I must point out that the Volunteer Director back when I was involved, Linda McMaster, contributed tremendously to the extremely positive experience I was able to have

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

Incorporate more outreach opportunities for volunteers of all demographics -- it will raise awareness of the issue, the resources T House provides, and your org (which always needs the investment of time and money from committed allies, right?).

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Phillips Brook House Association Incorporated, Cambridge, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I directed a small student-run community service organization while an undergraduate student at Harvard. The program was affiliated with PBHA, a tremendous professional service behemoth outside of the University itself (let them explain it -- I will no doubt misinform after all these years have passed) that provides tremendous resources for student-run community programs. Among the most basic and regularly utilized resources by my smaller org was the fact of participation on a board of all program directors. I had a lot to learn from my peers, many of whom were basically running fully operational nonprofs as students. Also, this sort of conglomeration is great for recruiting every year. Students who want to volunteer can shop the great variety of projects in progress.

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

I am not sure the program I directed is still alive; I would love it if an organization devoted to direct service to domestic and sexual violence survivors (through local service orgs) and awareness raising would rise again (or thrive more if it's back already). There's a great need, and one can make a huge impact on individuals' most difficult life experiences.

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Excellence For Detroit Incorporated, Clinton Twp, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Excellence for Detroit is a small, infant nonprofit focused on preparing Detroit high schoolers to gain admission to college, pay for it, and succeed once on campus. In order to enhance the participants' ability to get in to and graduate from an institution of higher learning, this org has a detailed, carefully designed program. It focuses on introducing the students to the basic skills needed to engage with college-level academic work -- critical thinking, essay writing, primary source utilization, study skills, etc. The program intersperses how-to basics and tips on the application process and financing options in each weekend class during this first part. The second half of the curriculum uses the team-taught, individually oriented approach of Part I and applies it to increase students' ability to perform on the critical ACT test.

I've been working in a volunteer part-time position for several months at Excellence for Detroit. The position was carefully designed to use my skills/time minimally to maximize impact. Expectations are clearly defined, and my suggestions and ideas to alter or add to my area of work are always welcomed. Despite the underfunded, undermanned, overworked leadership/staff situation, I always get prompt and clear communications -- plus appreciation for good work. This organization is *thoughtful* in its approach to every aspect of its work. It's made my experience very rewarding. I feel lucky to have found this role.

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

Give them more financial and other resources to expand their programming.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer