My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Roots and Wings International, Spokane, WA, USA
I started volunteering with Roots and Wings International in 2008. Though, initially, I only helped to update the organization's Twitter and Facebook feeds, I was soon given more responsibilities, which I gladly accepted. The thing that separates RWI from other not-for-profit organizations is the volunteer community. I've volunteered for organizations that treated me like I was just another resource they could use to achieve their goals. As a volunteer for RWI, I feel like part of a family. We communicate with each other about things other than the work we're doing, so it's never strictly business.
There are many examples of this great camaraderie. After I started doing copywriting work for RWI, I received an email from another volunteer stating that my picture was going on the organization's staff page. This was quite an honor. I was doing the work without expecting anything in return, and RWI recognized my commitment by making me an official part of the family.
Outside of volunteering, I think that RWI is a strong organization that is dedicated to providing education for indigenous Guatemalans. About 90% of the money the organization receives goes directly to the people we need to help. That's something that doesn't happen in large not-for-profits like Amnesty International. I believe so strongly in the work that RWI is doing that I regularly donate to big campaigns like their Computer Literacy and After-School Tutoring programs.
If you're looking to volunteer for a not-for-profit and believe, as I do, that every child should have the right to a quality education, then you should volunteer with RWI. Few organizations are more deserving of good volunteers.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the completion of the Learning Center. When I first started volunteering, the Learning Center was just an idea. Now, it's a place for both adults and children to acquire the skills they need to succeed in school and life.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find more ways to reach donors. We have a lot of goals that cannot be reached without the necessary funds.
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