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Review for Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My teenage daughter and I volunteered over the summer with the "Summer Art School" for young children. The SvDP and Art directors were very organized and provided an excellent art program that the children seemed to love. Also included were healthy snacks (one of the students had never seen a strawberry before this experience), story telling, very simply toy making and painting. I'm positive this program enriched these children's lives and created a lifelong memory. Hopefully SvDP is able to provide this opportunity for the neighborhood children again this coming summer.

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

....seeing the (mostly immigrant) children and their parents appreciate and learn from this summer art to appreciate and respect each other, create positive environments with simple everyday things, find joy in the planting and watering of a seedling, baking a simple muffin...these were all new experiences for these people and they were so grateful to have them.

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

....get more funding to reach the mothers and children who are walled-in at home, not knowing that there are services available to them. And get more funding for programs like this summer art camp that helps mothers and children in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Offer an ongoing program for young children, allowing their mothers and siblings to participate.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned new skills and appreciated working with the teacher and the children.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Joyous and tired. And also sad that more of this isn't offered (no doubt due to funding issues).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I helped children learn to paint, make toys, bake, plant in the garden.

Thank you for your outstanding service at the Summer Camp last year - we hope to do it again if the funds are available. We are grateful for the support of you and your daughter, and so glad you shared your experience! Hope to see you soon.