Sometimes impact can be captured in data and numbers. Other times through stories and words. Below is a snapshot of the difference we’re making with your support.
BY THE NUMBERS
Participants traveled to the Dominican Republic
Pounds of food shared with Petaluma residents
Bags of clothing distributed to community-members
Volunteers & donors engaged in community-building
"I stand in awe and am constantly inspired and amazed at the miraculous work and positive impact Lynne Gordon Moquete and Una Vida have on our local community. Lynne's talent and ability to put her local contacts and resources together to meet the many desperate needs of families and individuals on a daily basis, in neutral times or in times of crises such as fire season or the current pandemic, is astounding and quite frankly truly lifesaving. To be a small part of helping Una Vida when I can, through donating or volunteering, is an honor and a joy, and so rewarding because the impact is so huge and positive to local families in dire need." -Lisa DeMattei
"The trip to the Dominican Republic has given me a spiritual home base to come back to time and time again. Whenever my life gets too chaotic, materialistic, selfish, frustrating or depressing, I just look through my DR photo album and regain my sense of hope.” Amelia T.
“Since visiting the Dominican Republic, I still think about it daily. I feel an intense love for a culture other than my own; and learning to embrace diversity at such a young age is what I value most in my life.” Tricia S.
"I felt really comfortable with the culture and it allowed me to make deep friendships, not just use simple Spanish. I had a great family and loved them. The work was really amazing and I learned different skills like setting up cement, putting in cinder blocks and hammering in windows. Coming back here you see the world in a different way. It makes me grateful to have water, food, and electricity and also makes me want to live more simply. I mean, we have what we have and I shouldn’t feel guilty, but it makes me want to be more generous and loving.” Allie I.
"I have traveled outside the United States three times now and each one was an amazing experience in a different way. When I look back on my trip to the DR what stands out most are the people there. They’re the most open and friendly people you will ever meet. My first day in Duverge I managed to make a friend with one of the local kids who ended up taking me on a tour of the town lasting over an hour. By the end of the trip I felt I knew him as well as I knew some of my best friends back home and that’s with a language barrier. You hear people talk about life changing experiences; this is the real deal. I went on the trip to help others but I ended up the one indebted to them.” Ryan C.
“Two of my children (and I) have enjoyed the privilege of participating in these trips. The experience deepened their understanding of world cultures and made them into more mature, caring human beings… Dominicans are some of the happiest people on earth. They take time for you, they’re wonderful hosts…It always pays to be careful when you’re traveling, of course, but in the Dominican Republic I feel very safe.” John S.
“I cherished the opportunity to share such a meaningful experience with my teenage daughter. She encouraged me to join the trip after her first summer as a volunteer, and throughout the year she educated me about what to expect in the Dominican Republic. I was amazed at the demanding physical labor the kids accomplished with an optimistic spirit. The trip allowed me to move out of my middle-class comfort zone, and participate in a profoundly important community service experience.” Janet P.