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Review for Women's Empowerment, Sacramento, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I hate cold calls. As a business owner, I do everything in my power to avoid cold calling people. As far as I'm concerned, I want a relationship with a potential customer before I ask for their business. In this world, though, if you don't ask, you don't get. Sometimes, you have to ask cold. And I mean ask, not demand, not explode, not expect, not feel entitled... Ask. Which leads me to the reason I volunteer at and truly love Women's Empowerment. I originally went in to support them with their building rehabilitation. They asked for help, I said yes. One of the graduates asked me, politely, why I wasn't a mentor. After investigating the time commitment and work commitment, I signed up. It was the best thing I ever did to empower my own life. The women served by this organization come in with a small spark of light knowing they want to change their life. And they ask for help. These women commit to attending every class and let go of excuses that get in the way of them coming to the class. They ask for help when they come up against an excuse for not showing up. The staff that supports the women participants create programs that bolster and add to that small spark of light to create a bonfire of enthusiasm and a community of women in growth. The staff asks for help from each other, and the participants, when they need something. Back to asking and cold calls: In order to graduate, the participants have to make 4 cold calls - 2 to businesses they have researched and want to work at, but aren't necessarily hiring, and 2 to businesses that are hiring and have posted positions. Here's the part that keeps me coming back to this organization. As a mentor, I support these women in making these calls. These women, who have truly been through the ringer, who have been nurtured, and supported, and had their light expanded, make cold calls, with grace, and poise, and they ask for a job. And then I ask them for insight and feedback about how to get over my fear of cold calls. It's like the cycle is then complete. They have learned to ask, I have learned to ask, and we together are stronger for doing it together.

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

Personal growth. By helping people grow and claim their light and power, I am reminded of mine.

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

Ensure the long term financial stability of the program is secure. Provide business and management training to all of the staff to help them improve their already growing non-profit.

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

the participants keep coming back after graduation to nurture the next generation.

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

friendly and thoughtful.

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

invest in a secure financial foundation/fund then spend more time focusing on the programs and improving the location.

Ways to make it better...

More people knew about it - it gets some press, but in ebbs and flows.

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

ensuring the city and county graciously allow the location to expand.

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

this is one of the most personally empowering places to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Helped re-vamp the location and mentored participants.