My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Bridge To Turkiye, Cary, NC, USA
I became involved with this group because of my heritage- being Turkish- American, and because I wanted to be able to give back to those in Turkey- in a meaningful way. My Dad came to the United States when he was 18, to go to school, and to create the best life he could following his university experience. He did just that, while maintaining his cultural identity, that he passed down to his family. We were and are exceedingly proud to be Turkish, and this nonprofit allows me (and my family) the opportunity to not only be connected to our heritage, but to help others empower themselves through education. This latter part is very meaningful to me, as I am an educator as well, and my family also stressed the importance of education as a means of elevating and improving one's life. With the various events that I've been involved in- whether they are the Cinema-4-a-Cause events in downtown Chicago, the Bridging Cultures: A Turkish Celebration we recently held at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, or a family picnic that we host at the start of summer, the Chicago Circle of Bridge to Türkiye Fund has always had the focus on education support- but with a cultural twist. So, these events and happenings have been so meaningful for me- particularly after the loss of my father, the patriarch and holder of the Turkish traditions in my family. I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to be connected to both my culture and such impactful and inspiring ways in which to support those that can benefit from that support, even if it's miles away.
Review for Cisco And Cisco Productions Inc, Oak Park, IL, USA
This group is the definition of grassroots volunteerism. This is a nonprofit that exists to make a difference in the lives of those in the community via education outreach in the form of health awareness events and youth empowerment. I came to connect with this group as my neighbor started this group (actually her kids started it) and my boys and I began helping at the various events. At first, we would show up at mainly the yearly cancer bag stuffing event- to prepare for distribution to the local hospitals and clinics. But, when you know Mrs. Cisco and her family- and the extended CCP family, it's nearly impossible to not become more involved, as you see her positivity reaching everyone and anyone she touches and meets. She is a walking example of moving forward and doing something meaningful with your life, and how could I not want to expose my kids to such inspiration. She is a five time cancer survivor who sees her mission in life to share her story to make a difference by empowering youth to be respectable, respectful, educated people who make differences themselves, and by educating all who will listen about cancer prevention. Mrs. Cisco is a force to be reckoned with, and one that not only is a trained educator, but more importantly is on a mission to make a difference. My boys and I are so honored to be a part of the CCP team, in the small ways we can, by spreading the word about what CCP does, by showing up at events in the community, and by helping CCP achieve it's goals as best we can. I think that sometimes when people think that their nonprofit work has to be on a big scale they're mistaken. CCP is a perfect example of making a difference in your community- whether it's by donating care bags to cancer patients at the holidays, or by organizing STEM events for teenage girls, or just by setting up cancer education workshops, it doesn't have to be a big production to be helpful. Sometimes it just takes one amazing family to start the ripple of huge differences, that make waves of change. I'm so honored to be a part of such a remarkable group.