I have only lived in Canyon Lake only a few years. I had volunteered in a food pantry previously in another town. One of the first person invited me to tour tha CRRC food pantry. I was unaware of the great need of its services in the area. After I became a volunteer I began to how much people were being helped. The clients were extremely thankful for their help, some leaving with tears in eyes. I am so thankful for such a caring place. Noone knows when they may help. I feel that people always have a friendly and safe place to get help at the C R R C.
I have volunteered at the CRRC food pantry for almost two years and I can feel the love and compassion that the staff exhibits to the clients who come in for food or financial help. Those in need are never turned down.
Each of us at times will sit in our comfortable chair in front of the TV and say, "oh I need to volunteer somewhere"!! Sounds wonderful but 90% of the time is does not happen. I was one of those individuals. I finally pushed my self out the door to go and meet with CRRC! I did that because they lost a valued volunteer and I heard such good things about her and what she was doing at CRRC that I wanted to try and fill that void. My first assignment was bagging groceries. Sounds easy ?? Well let me tell you that when I would go home, I was exhausted because the pantry is soooooo busy. I was never aware of the work the pantry did nor the number of clients served! It was very humbling and gratifying that they allowed me the opportunity to work with the staff, the volunteers and the clients. Now I am an active Board Member!! I would like to get on my soap box and state that a high percentage of Canyon Lake residents have no idea of the "gem" they have in their community. I continue to work with CRRC and promote its efforts anywhere and anytime that I can do so!! VOLUNTEER AT CRRC!! SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ENERGY AND HEART WITH THOSE IN NEED!!
What a Great way to help those in need. I went in not expecting much of anything. Boy was I wrong; I've met other volunteers from all different walks of life wanting to share the same thing. TO HELP OTHERS!! The reward is unmeasurable!! I've met a great new group of people to work along side of me. It's a wonderful place to lay your judgements down and reach out to those that need help. When the customers leave and say Thankyou, that is all I need. They have touched my heart!!
A an attorney with clients in Canyon Lake, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand how the volunteers of this organization take care of the lake community. My husband and I have installed an air conditioner for a woman who was home from the hospital in 100 degree weather who had no way to stay cool. I have witnessed those in need come into the CRRC "grocery store" to obtain food when they had none at home. And I have watched Maureen "scramble" when she had a shortages of Meals on Wheels drivers or people to work in the Thrift Store. Canyon Lake could not survive without CRRC.
As President of the CRRC Board of Directors for three years (yes, three) I've had an opportunity to get to really know the Executive Director and his wonderful staff. The local community could not ask for a more dedicated staff and volunteers, ensuring that all clients are treated with utmost respect and dignity. The CRRC's mission areas are diverse. Probably best known is our food pantry; however, CRRC also provides other community needs: crisis programs, loan of durable medical equipment, a thrift store, recreation center offering exercise and youth programs, a senior center, and senior garden that provides fresh produce to the food pantry. I'm proud to be associated with this wonderful, caring organization.
I have been volunteering at the CRRC food panty for the last two years. I went into this endeavor thinking I would just go and do a little to help out. I did not think much would come of it, just helping out a little. I soon found out I was just kidding myself. I actually liked what I was doing. Then, I started liking the people I was "working" with, WOW. I did not think this was going to affect me any at all. Well, guess what?. I really liked helping others. I found there were so many people in our area that needed help, and the CRRC food pantry helped with their needs. I was the last one to think that you really did receive when you first gave. So if you want to feel good, then give a little and you will receive much more. That is all I can say.
Review from Guidestar
I have been volunteering in the Meals on Wheels program at CRRC of Canyon Lake, Texas for over a year now. I can positively say it has been such a blessing in my life to deliver meals weekly to the elderly in our community. It has given me an awareness of the vast needs of the elderly in my community. The words of thanks and "God bless you" I hear at almost every delivery are so touching. To get to visit with these sweet people and share a little in their lives brings me so many joys and blessings. CRRC is fulfilling so many needs in our community. Not only the Meals on Wheels program, but a food pantry and clothing for the needy. When people who are so down come through the doors, they are met with love and a caring person to listen to their needs and provide for their needs. We are so blessed to have CRRC in our community, and I love being a volunteer with this great non-profit!
I love to vegetable garden, and decided to increase the size of my garden to allow me to share the excess with my community. I regularly donate my home grown vegetables to CRRC throughout the year. Each time I walk into CRRC to make a donation, I am met with the most wonderful staff and volunteers. I am pleased that CRRC gives me the opportunity to share a small part of what I love to do with my local community. Thank-you!
Review from Guidestar
The pleasure of feeling the thanks and appreciation of the clients we serve is really the high point of any job or duty that I have experienced in my 60 plus years of dealing with the public.Getting to know the clients in their homes lets you see a part of the community that few see. I am always reminded and made aware of how much CRRC means to the members of this community.