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

Rating: 5 stars  

The OLL sponsors two of the greatest writing programs I know: National Novel Writing Month and Script Frenzy. Both are done in the name of supporting writing and reading, as well as education. This organization is wonderful and these two programs have inspired me as a student to actually care about reading and writing, as well as caring about spreading literacy. Besides supporting young and old adults to act, these two programs encourage the Young Writers' Program, which gets even middle and grade schoolers to care about literature.
As an organization that pushes so hard for intellect in a society that generally does not, I feel that the OLL is definately worthy of five stars. I donate to them every year and strongly encourage others to do the same.

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

Encouraging literature and writing in my own life.

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

I would make this program more well known even beyond the apparel and web badges. They need more advertizing and word of mouth in schools and out of schools to encourage further involvement in both NaNoWriMo and Screnzy.

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

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

Make this group more accessable to those with limited computer access. Both NaNoWriMo and Screnzy support write-ins in bookstores, however those with limited resources may not have access to laptops or other portable word processors. Especially within its Young Writers' Program, there may be instances where underprivilaged people cannot participate due to limited technology. Sponsoring write-ins at Libraries or allowing written submissions to those with severe technological limitations would allow it to reach out even more.

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

It made me more aware of the effort it takes to write good literature and to get that literature out so that people can read it.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful. I love writing for NaNo andScrenzy every year and I can't wait for April and November every year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & Wrote two novels and one screenplay in NaNoWriMo and Screnzy.