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VOLUNTEER EXPEDITIONS NFP Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/02/2013: VOLUNTEER EXPEDITIONS NFP

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AKA  Volunteer Expeditions, powered by Amizade
Pittsburgh, PA

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VOLUNTEER EXPEDITIONS NFP Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/02/2013: VOLUNTEER EXPEDITIONS NFP

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Also Known As: Volunteer Expeditions, powered by Amizade
Physical Address: Pittsburgh, PA 15222 
EIN: 26-2590812
Web URL: www.volunteerexpeditions.org 
Blog URL: volunteerexpeditions.blogspot.com 
NTEE Category: L Housing, Shelter
L20 Housing Development, Construction, Management
P Human Services
P61 Travelers' Aid
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S20 Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
Ruling Year: 2008 
How This Organization Is Funded: Private donations


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Mission Statement

To create a more compassionate world by using volunteer recruitment and tourism for trips to give back to society through service learning, advocacy, social justice, education and community building, to make a positive impact and provide community service, to bring people of poverty and different backgrounds together with a common goal of helping to achieve social change rebuilding impoverished communities.

Legitimacy Information

This organization is not registered with the IRS.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (GuideStar Exchange,
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April 2013)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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April 2013)

Ms Patricia Vile

Term:

Since June 2008

Profile:

Patricia has a Masters in Urban Policy and Planning with a healthcare emphasis, she’s worked as a teacher, she consulted for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, built private medical practices, and worked as the VP of a third-party administrator for 21 years while designing nationally implemented self-insured health plans. Patricia has always been drawn to volunteer work. She took a three-year hiatus from healthcare to help settle Soviet refugees in Chicago, creating networks and business opportunities for people from all walks of life. She served as president of Art Encounter, a non-profit organization that brings art to seniors and underserved Chicago schoolchildren. She was the president of the Glencoe Public Library Board of Trustees. In 2005 and 2006, Patti volunteered with village agencies in Uganda and El Salvador. In 2011, continuing with her passion for volunteer work, Patti joined the Board of Directors of the Geographic Society of Chicago and became involved in Jewish/Muslim interfaith activities.

Leadership Statement:

We get to live, breathe, work and experience an environment of love, empathy, giving back, commitment, connections. We get to be with and experience the best part of being human — connecting with others at a level that’s hard to describe.

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Officers for Fiscal Year (IRS Form 990)

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People information was last updated by the nonprofit in April 2013

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Programs

Program: Rebuilding in New Orleans (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$10,000
Category:
Community Development
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Homeless
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Program Description:

After Hurricane Katrina and the broken levees flooded New Orleans in 2005, the city as it was known to thousands of people seemed destroyed. In the years since, New Orleans has made huge strides in recovering. But help is still needed. Six years after the floods, 10,000 families were still without homes as a direct effect of the storm (St. Bernard Project). You and your group can help those affected by this disaster by building, insulating, and painting homes; serving meals in soup kitchens; sorting donations at a food bank; and restoring the Bayou. Our most popular destination by far, New Orleans is a beautiful city with a rich local culture. You’ll be inspired, educated, and entertained on your volunteer vacation to the Big Easy.

Program Long-Term Success:

By the end of 2012, Volunteer Expeditions will have brought over 1,200 volunteers to New Orleans. These volunteers have helped rebuild more than 80 houses and served hundreds of meals to the homeless and hungry. Local organizations and businesses get big boosts from the out-of-town volunteers, and the volunteers go back to their homes all over the country inspired by the city of New Orleans.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Volunteer Expeditions has led over 38 social action community rebuilding trips to New Orleans with over 1,000 volunteers.  Volunteers have helped build, paint, and insulate over 80 homes; served hundreds of meals to the homeless and hungry in New Orleans; and sorted hundreds of food packages. Local organizations and businesses get big boosts from the out-of-town volunteers, and the volunteer travelers go back to their homes all over the country inspired by the city of New Orleans.

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