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Review for Human Services Center Corporation, Turtle Creek, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the HSC in a variety of capacities for the last nine years. They are an incredible organization, which works to serve both the needs of the non-profit member agencies, as well as the needs of the community. The Executive Director takes great pains to teach his bevy of interns the skills they need to operate in the non-profit world, as well as promoting leadership in the next generation. He is free with his advice and is willing to go the extra mile (and show a little leg) in order to raise funds, awareness or create new programming. The staff are extremely dedicated to serving the needs of the member agencies and the community, and that shows in their dedication and long hours.

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

Several hundred people receiving information about how to purchase their first home, predatory lending, insurance, tenants rights and credit counseling at the Home Sweet Home conferences. Member agencies learning about resources for their clients. Children having a safe and affordable place to go after school and during the summer months. The food pantry, planned parenthood, WIC, Children's Hospital and TCVMH/MR all under one roof in a "one stop shop". Membership feeling true ownership of the committees and initiatives. Interns who have gone on to work in the non-profit arena with great skills that they learned here. An incredible staff who work hard to get the job done, but still seem to enjoy the work they are doing. This non-profit is one of the few that provides the services of a non-profit, while operating with a clear business sense. They truly demonstrate that while it is important to have heart, it is equally important to set and follow rigorous standards.

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

probably call Dave for advice every day.

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

Dave, Alicia, Leah, Lauren, Lynn. Truly a wonderful group of dedicated individuals. Being involved in making the Mon Valley a better place to live and work.

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

See above; they are incredible!

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

Truly change the face of the Mon Valley. It could continue to provide connections between member agencies, while having the funds necessary to plan, form and impliment new programs.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of any way it could have been better.

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

Participant apathy. It is hard to work for months to plan an event that meets an obvious need in the community, only to have a poor turnout.

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Role:  Volunteer & Participated in the HIV/AIDS awareness walk, coordinated the Kidshape program, participated in the Junior League sponsored playground build, chaired the working group on housing.