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Janet Potter

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Review for Emerge-Family Advocates, White River Junction, VT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer at Emerge Family Advocates, I supervised visits between non-residential parents and their children. I also helped facilitate exchanges of children between parents, so that feuding parents did not have any contact with each other--a critical service for safety of victims and children in cases where there had been domestic violence. While I volunteered at this agency, I was able to see first hand just how many families needed and used the services on a daily basis, and also how short funding was for this very important program. I was also able to see children light up upon seeing their parents, and getting one on one time with their parents. Many of the children made cards and paintings thanking staff and volunteers, and these wonderful thank you's line the front office where staff work on case management with families on a daily basis-- certainly a nice reminder of why the work that they do is so vital!

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

As a child of divorced parents, I would have appreciated this service as a child. I am grateful that children in my community have this option and opportunity.

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

If I had a bunch of money to donate, I would give the agency more money for direct services, specifically for more case management services for these families.

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?

more communication with volunteers, maybe a volunteer coordinator

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

received a generous amount of training & it led to a career in social services.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

great! although the work is emotionally exhausting at times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I supervised visits and exchanges between non-residential parents and their children.