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Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with them since 2003. I have donated my hard earned $ as well. I spend more time volunteering for this organization than any other. I vote with my time and my money.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with this organization since 2005. I have participated since 2003. Because they are so wonderful, I have served as a Municipal Liaison (ML) for over four years.

Through this organization, I have changed careers. I'm now a fiction writer. I would not have had the courage or the skill to change careers if it were not for OLL.

As an ML, I see first hand how this organization helps people of all ages see past their limitations and take chances. Via OLL, I have personally helped supposedly mentally-challenged seventh and eighth graders write entire novels. These were students for whom the school system had failed. If it weren't for OLL, they would have never known that they were more than their label.

This past year has been devastating financially to many of our participants. One of our families became homeless in the month of November but through the support of other NaNoWriMo participants, they found shelter and even... beyond all odds... finished their novels. The mother said that if it weren't for NaNoWriMo and the people involved, she wouldn't have made it through.

This is really more a testament to the people who run OLL. It isn't just about writing, it is about expanding who you are and how you both see the world and the world sees you.

If it weren't for OLL, I'd still be in a job that was killing me. Instead, I wake up each day and laugh with joy like a two-year old looking forward to the day. How much is that worth?

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

In changing careers, in volunteering at schools, in meeting with other members, in organizing support for members in distress (homelessness and help driving to the hospital for chemo treatments for one of our participants)

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

Work on coordination between ML's and Come Write In people for scheduling purposes.

Role:  Volunteer & Coordinated events in the ABQ and Chicago areas, facilitated meetings, coordinated with schools, organized volunteer teams.