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April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2010

Eight members of our company volunteered to help prepare meals at the DC Central Kitchen. We were all very impressed by the dedication, organization, humility and overall energy by those that run this amazing organization. We have much respect for what they do and for their mission. We were so thrilled be able to contribute in some small way. 4,0000 healthy meals made, 365 days a year and distributed across the DC area = amazing.

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

enthusiastic, upbeat, organized, professional, articulate, methodical, engaging

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I was able to join everyone in eating lunch after our work was done (I have specific food allergies so I could not partake)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 31, 2010

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March 31, 2010

this organization provides a much needed service to the dc community. their clients value it, and for good reason. I was lucky enough to sample the food and it was amazing!

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

in hungry folks having a chance at better health and happiness.

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I knew a way I could help make sure the food and ingredients were sourced from local and organic farms.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 24, 2010

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March 24, 2010

This is (by far) the best organized volunteer experience you can have in DC. I have volunteered at several places in DC and DC Central Kitchen regularly makes we feel appreciated and really makes you work. Other places don't know what to do with you but DC Central Kitchen has a plan and work for everyone who walks in the door.

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

their amazing organization. They know how to use volunteers and appreciate your contributions.

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

very friendly and helpful. Some of the best NGO staff you'll find in DC.

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

end hunger in DC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

The National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) visited DC Central Kitchen in 2009 to learn more about their culinary training program - and came away impressed not only by their ability to help very low-income people with barriers to employment get good jobs but also by their ability to involve industry as partners in delivering the program and providing placements to graduates. We were therefore proud and grateful to include them as a site visit in our recent national conference.

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

knowledgeable - both about the needs of participants and about culinary training - and deeply committed to serving those most in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I interned with this fabulous non-profit in 2007. I honestly feel as though non-profits should use DCCK as an example of great management and innovative programs that are also successful. If the goal is to acutally see a lasting change and to make a lasting difference - this is how it should be done. Rock on DCCK. I am a former intern turned into a life-long supporter. I do not live close to DCCK anymore so I give in small amounts but I am captured by their tremendous mission and hope to continue to give whatever I can whenever I can.

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

MENTORS! They are all innovative and passionate about what they do.

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I was able to stay longer and learn more. Since I was working in development I was not able to be more involved on the programmatic level.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 26, 2009

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March 26, 2009

I contracted with DCCK for an event at the Junior League of Washington and was incredibly impressed in every regard. Professionalism and positive attitudes abound at DCCK, and the hors d'oeuvres were delicious and the prices unmatched by any other caterer in a 100-mile radius. As a charitable organization ourselves, the JLW also loved the idea that DCCK is giving back to the community. I highly recommend using DCCK for your next event, they were amazing!

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

go to bed happy every night.

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

how friendly and easy Ama was to work with to put our menu together.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 9, 2009

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March 9, 2009

DCCK has a wonderful mission and it is a great place to Volunteer. The people are outstanding and show true appreciation for whatever you do.

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

In the way they use the donated food and the quality of people that gratuate from the culinary school.

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

Seeing the quantity of healthy food that isw produced for the homeless.

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

from all walks of life, with all different experiences, but all with the same goal of helping others

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

feed more homeless, educate more people, and reproduce it self in more places.

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No complaints

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

On own

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 5, 2009

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March 5, 2009

Great organization-- well-organized, focused, and truly appreciative of volunteer efforts. Even when I've had a long day at work and am tired, I'm always glad to have made it over to chop veggies for a few hours. It does me good. Thanks to all for the good vibes!

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

the dedication and commitment and great attitude of everyone who works there.

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

it's an incredibly smart use of people power and resources. It provides a way for all kinds of people to participate-- I've learned so much from my fellow veggie-choppers and supervisors.

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

kind, thoughtful, and with a good sense of humor.

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

make an even bigger dent in the fight against hunger.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

I come weekly as an individual

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

January 30, 2009

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January 30, 2009

A small group from my Rotaract Club volunteered to prep food in the evening from 5-8. I appreciated that the volunteer coordinator gave us a brief orientation about the organization and its programs, as well as what we would be helping them with that night and how to be safe in the kitchen. All of us enjoyed our time there and agreed that we would definitely go back in the future.

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

were friendly and approachable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 30, 2009

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January 30, 2009

Great staff and positive morale. Met some great people, and would definitely do it again. Left DCCK with a smile on my face.

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

very helpful and supportive if you weren't sure what to do. They were congenial and tried to make sure you had a good time while helping others.

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Rotaract Club of Washington, DC

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

DCCK volunteers have three meaningful ways to spend three hours. Most (some 10,000 people in 2009) join our morning meal production shift. Between 9 am and noon, these individuals will work alongside DCCK staff and culinary trainees to prepare 4,500 meals for hungry and at-risk members of the DC community.

But not everyone is a morning person. We also offer an evening shift from 5 to 8 pm when our volunteers slice and dice fresh local produce recovered from area farms. The finished products are bagged and sealed for use in future DCCK meal production.

Finally, volunteers can also join our First Helping street-level outreach team. Each morning, First Helping volunteers serve breakfast to chronically homeless individuals at 4 locations in DC, offering hot meals and warm conversation. Volunteers are supported by highly qualified outreach workers with extensive knowledge of the areas and individuals they serve. First Helping volunteers must be 18 or older.

To learn more, visit http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/volunteer. We would love to see you around the Kitchen. Volunteer