My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for MISSION DOCTORS ASSOCIATION, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I have volunteered with ten different nonprofit groups over the last ten years in about fifteen countries primarily providing pediatric health care in third world countries. Some of these groups were religious based and many Catholic organizations.
My experiences with Mission Doctors Association have all been very positive. From first hearing about them on Catholic Radio, to endless communications with the staff, to a weekend retreat in LA, to finally serving in Cameroon, I have found the mission and people involved to be honest, open-minded, and very awe inspiring.
The weekend retreat is a good way to find if this group is a good fit for you and you for them. Here I was able to have the spiritual guidance of a religious brother over the weekend, worship at the LMU chapel together (a truly moving experience), meet some incredible dedicated medical and lay people who have volunteered, and learn about medical missions in general. I was able to ask all my questions and must admit my goal was to not only provide care in a Catholic based environment but provide care to all religions and races. Interestingly enough, one of the speakers at the weekend retreat was a Jewish physician who ran a cliic in South America but we all had the same goals. At the same time, during the weekend I was interviewed by several physicians who had been missionaries where they could see if I would be a good fit for representing the group and making it through a serving in a third world environment while representing the Catholic physician.
My six week Cameroon experience was excellent. The sisters who run the hospital run a type ship as expected but to my surprise the hospital grounds had employees of all faiths, and there were even Islam prayer areas set aside for patients. Mass was offered every day.
In Cameroon, I worked along side two other Mission Doctors. They were saintly Family practitioner volunteer doctors who were on their sixth year serving the poor around the world. In addition there were three African physicians. During my time there I helped train two Belgian medical students, and was sent to a local Baptist Medical Center an hour away to give Grand Rounds and train some of their housestaff physicians.
I would love to do a longterm mission with Mission Doctors but family circumstances limits me to only month long ventures. The ability to continue to do short term missions with them is a real plus for the organization. I recommend them to anyone.
Review for All Hands and Hearts, MATTAPOISETT, MA, USA
Great mission with devoted workers and low overhead administrative costs. Many volunteers sign up for extension of service time and return for multiple projects. At times bare boned but tries to keep everyone in the loop as far as function and spending; ie totally transparent.