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Review for MEND - Meet Each Need with Dignity, Pacoima, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For the last 39 years MEND has consistently served the poor of the northeast San Fernando Valley. Their social service programs cover a wide range of needs and offer job training as well. It is frugally run with only 6% of its budget used for administration and fund raising. It is an outstanding organization which treats the poverty stricken with respect and dignity.

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

their compassionate care of up to 31,000 individuals each month. The number of those present and previous clients who return to volunteer--to give back--is truly heartwarming.

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

I would be very proud.

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

the wonderful warmth of the staff and all the volunteers. They truly enjoy what they are doing.

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

dedicated to social work and especially to MEND.

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

present a gold standard organization that could revolutionize the social service attitude of service to the poverty stricken.

Ways to make it better...

even more individuals could be helped.

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

the growing numbers of poverty stricken people. The staff have many additional projects they would like to implement to enhance services in the many programs but economy is such that they postpone them to a later time.

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

MEND's mission is to break the bonds of poverty by providing basic human needs and a pathway to self-reliance through the power of thousands of volunteers in an atmosphere of respect and dignity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I've written grant proposals for the last 11 years.