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December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

I found CAIN through a Service Learning program at my school and I volunteered weekly for about two and a half months. In my time there, I saw just how much CAIN helps so many people by providing food, hygiene items, and spiritual nourishment. There are dedicated people that bring bread, desserts, and fresh produce every Monday. Another brings a delicious hot dish to share with everyone. People who come to CAIN for help are treated with respect and compassion. It is an amazing place and I am going to continue volunteering after my Service Learning is completed! :)

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all extremely nice and were from all over the area. Many came from other churches and schools, and also businesses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I find the many stories of the clients so touching and each in need at many levels. CAIN tries to address the needs of the families by connecting them to community resources, providing services and goods and listening to each story with hope, love and charity. The staff is always so positive and respectful of all. I enjoy finding bargains all year round to donate to the pantry, fullfill special needs and the Secret Santa Event.

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

seeing the gratitude of the clients

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

additional funds to keep the shelves full!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of making a difference in the lives of others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy a bigger building!

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds to supply bus tokens and to assit with rent and utilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you know if you give to CAIN it goes to the Northside community! THere is little overhead!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I like how CAIN sends out one-time requests. For example, there was a woman in need of an undergarment, I happened to have some Kohl's Coupons/cash and was able to make the purchase. Sometimes it's the small steps that make giant leaps.

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

providing volunteers to CAIN

Ways to make it better...

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

offer an educational component to its clients on healthy food choices. I understand food stamps do not go far, and fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive and hard to come by.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the choice pantry. Empowering clients/guests to choose healthy food to serve their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and treat the clients with dignity

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate clients on basic living needs, i.e., budgeting, healthy eating, parenting classes, after-school tutoring for children at risk,

Ways to make it better...

the volunteers could work until 3-3:30 p.m. They're here on mission trips, need to stay busy from 9 a.m. - 3:30. CAIN's work is done by 12-12:30, thus I need to find another part of the city to send them to.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, cash donations, in-kind donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish Northside would offer a community garden near CAIN - perhaps empowering its clients to grow some of their own food. Give a man a fish..feed him for a day. Teach him to fish..feed him for a lifetime.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I have been a donor with CAIN for years. It is awesome to come and delivery the gifts and see the celebration happening there. My staff at work all get together and buy for several families during the holidays. This is a big event for us and we look forward each year to have the opportunity to participate with CAIN.

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

in my staff at work. We are blessed to be able to provide for this organization

Ways to make it better...

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

enlarge it to be able to provide more for the needy community and grow to expand their community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the volunteers each time we drop off gifts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic warm and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more individuals than it currently does. Better yet, if it had 10 million people involved, it could be involved in each others lives, helping and giving of their time.

Ways to make it better...

I had more to deliver to them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

providing to the community with decreasing funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope during this financially difficult season, they are still able to touch lives of those individuals that come looking for help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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What I like especially about CAIN is the way that anyone coming in its doors is welcomed as a guest and treated with respect. In return, the guests come to think of the volunteers and staff as friends, and the room where they wait their turn to go through the pantry choosing the groceries they need becomes a warm, cheerful place. On Monday nights Ron is usually there at the door to sign people in and offer a dish of lasagna or a cup of soup or whatever Karl cooked up and brought in. A bite to eat makes the waiting easier. People slow down and smile and treat one another with courtesy. More than once you'll hear someone say, "No, I still have some of that left from last month--save it for someone who needs it." I've seen Linda spending an extra fifteen minutes to listen to a father whose teenage son is giving him grief, and I've seen Debbie set aside a decorated cake for a woman who wanted to give her daughter "anything" to mark her birthday. CAIN volunteers provide the little extras that show caring and understanding. CAIN is a place where people come to feel valued,and for many that's almost as important as being helped.

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

the way people in Northside tell newcomers to the neighborhood, "You go to CAIN. They'll help you."

Ways to make it better...

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

increase resources so that it could be open more often.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

when I know that a guest came in discouraged, hungry, and broke, and left with a little optimism, food for his family, and maybe even a bus token to make it easier to get back home with his groceries.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate but not condescending, enthusiastic and hard-working. United in their desire to servw their neighbors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not find more efficient and dedicated staff and volunteers than it has now. But it could serve more people and change more lives for the better.

Ways to make it better...

we had more money to help people with unique needs. I wish we could offer more diapers and tampons and shampoo--those personal items that food stamps don't cover and that are so expensive for us to provide as well.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting more young volunteers and maintaining an aging facility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I feel so lucky to be able to serve CAIN.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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