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Review for START at Westminster, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been affiliated with START for almost two years now. One of the first things I did when I learned about their efforts to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and blood born challenges, was to take a voluntary HIV test. Even though I was almost 100% sure I did not have any blood born challenges, I wanted to show my support to START and promote people getting tested no matter what. During my test, the START team was confident in their work and well informed. The experience mad me understand how important it was for them to continue to do the work in the Washington DC area and inspired me to help them with fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, I've helped to raise awareness and funds for various non profits. This work has been eye and heart opening and I am so grateful to have been exposed to this work early on because I know it will affect how I am in the world for the rest of my life. Instead of thinking about what the world owes me, I instead consider what I can do for the world. Service is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about START and their work. START is made up of a dedicated team of people who go out into the community every day and provide, testing, resources, and information regarding these blood born challenges and they also help people see they can live a full and empowered life no matter what. START's work is needed in the District as the city has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the entire nation and as a city native, I take that statistic pretty personally. I believe STARTS grass roots and face to face efforts are making and will continue to make a difference in the world. I am in awe of their dedication, stamina, and how they believe in the people they serve. I hope to continue to help them with their mission and work for a long time to come. Thank you START team for inspiring me to focus on what truly matters in life and to share my compassion no matter what.

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

I hope the organization gets to the point where they can one day hire more employees so that the important work they do can reach the entire city of DC and beyond.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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