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Review for Volunteer Families, Richmond, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have been connected to Volunteer Families (formerly Volunteer Emergency Families for Children -VEFC) since 1982 when we became a host family. The first placement we had was a 17 year old out of state runaway who arrived on my husband's birthday. He was astounded that we had birthday cake for him. The next day his sister arrived with the court services worker and tearfully thanked us for taking such good care of him. We had several phone calls from him after that- one saying he was going into the Marines, to become "the best Marine I can be." We received letters from him until he went to Lebanon. Then the letters stopped - and we were concerned for his well being.

Five years later we received a phone call, and it was this young man, calling to let us know that he was doing great, and was running a construction company in California. He then told us that he was hiring kids "like he was" to work for him, and again he thanked us for taking such good care of him.

About 10 years after that we received another phone call. We had moved from our original home and had another phone number, so it really wasn't easy for him to track us down - but he did! We had a wonderful talk. He was married, had children of his own, and was a long distance trucker living in Florida. Again, he thanked us for helping him when he was 17. I used about 3 tissues after that phone call!

This young man changed our lives too. I continued to volunteer for VEFC (VF) as the local volunteer coordinator, and about 6 months later joined the staff. For over 19 years, I was blessed to be part of the VEFC (VF) staff-family until I retired in 2001.

I am impressed with the new energy and rebuilding that Volunteer Families is doing now, and continue to support their ministry and mission as much as possible.

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

The number of children, youth and families who have been helped in their 29 years - it's really quite amazing. We literally have saved the lives of many children and youth, and have enabled families to weather difficult times and be able to come back together stronger and better.

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

Find donors who, on an annual basis, could provide significant infusion of funds so that the work can continue and grow again.

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?


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

Life changing for me and my family beyond words (I'd need a whole book!)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Appreciated and needed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Volunteer host family, Volunteer coordinator; Program staff; Executive Director.