As a Humanics Scholar we are required to make site visit to a CBO that the Humanics Program at Fresno State award a grant to. Today our evaluation team in our Humanic class (Soc 184) visited the Poverello House to see how this CBO used the grant we awarded them previously. With the grant the Poverello House would organize an award night for their volunteers and design marketing material for to get more volunteers. We met with Sara Mirhadi, Chief Program Officer of the Poverello House, we had great insightful overview of how they the fund. I greatly appreciated the documentation they provided us. She kindly gave us of tour the their agency and the different programs they are currently running.
Site visits are really important because they allow us a evaluators always to understand to humanize our relationship with our grantees. Our site visit allowed me to understand that our grant was just small percentage of the many grants and donation they receive. I impressed at of how quick Sara was able to able to answer some of our questions, she even mentioned return of investments in our conversation and how volunteers supported their investments. We were aven able to see some volunteers hard at work, which reinforce the great dependance they have on volunteers everyday 365 days of the year.