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jennifer31

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Review for The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. Although its work is primarily by and for women, we also welcome men and boys. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs. I'm also impressed with its ability to help women in a way that develops life skills inherent to thriving families.

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

my role as a volunteer on its marketing committee and, recently, as a board member.

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

make it easier to collaborate, perhaps using tools like Google Docs. If there was an easier way to share successes and challenges, it would help to keep everyone's eye on the ball.

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

the accountability. When people say they'll do something, they do it. That's a huge change from other non-profits I've worked with in the past. I've also enjoyed the strong connection between board, staff & volunteers.

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

Social workers, volunteers for professional programs (legal and tax help, for instance) and others who provided services to clients. They were universally kind and supportive of TWC's goals.

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

help more women and families in our community. Currently, there are nearly 100 people on the waiting list, but because of budget, TWC can only help so many at once.

Ways to make it better...

we weren't starting from scratch. But, the organization hadn't had a marketing committee before the initial group that I joined was formed.

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

A tough economy and more community needs than time or budget will allow it to meet.

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

TWC fills a really important need in the community. No other organization helps with the nuts and bolts of women's well-being -- like affordable counseling & skills like tax & legal services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I help The Women's Center reach its strategic objectives, specifically through marketing.