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January 28, 2009

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January 28, 2009

I have volunteered with DC Central Kitchen on my days off, usually a few times a month. But since my days off are not consistent, it's great that DCCK has flexible and easy volunteer scheduling, so I'm not committed to a certain day or schedule. The kitchen at DCCK is a well-oiled machine. They have experienced chefs working with volunteers of every level, and volunteers are never in over their heads. They are used to, and good at, having volunteers around.

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

the staff that I've worked with, some of whom have been through the 12-week chef training program

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

enthusiastic!

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

find the most efficient way to squeeze every meal it could out of the cash

Ways to make it better...

I could have seen some of the end-results of our product, ie, where the meals end up.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 28, 2009

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January 28, 2009

This is the BEST place to go if you want to serve and have fun. The people there are so wonderful. They have the best attitudes. It's literally like a family. I want to go so much more that I have gone. I've been there twice so far and each time has been better. The time goes by so quick. I had to leave early the second time and I promise you, I did not want to leave. If you are looking to serve and have a wonderful experience preparing food for the ones who need it and appreciate it, this is definitely the place for you. It fills up quickly because it's so great. They've also added night schedules for people to serve. All I can say is, you have not served, until you have been to the DC Central Kitchen. They take serving the community to whole new fun exciting level.

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

the community and in the lives of the people who have served there.

Ways to make it better...

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

create more openings for volunteers.

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

that the people are so welcoming. It's a family.

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

friendly and lovable.

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

do wonders with the helping the needy people in DC.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to leave so early.

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

nothing that I can see. Maybe more workers and more sponsors (but everyone always needs more). I must say that they work well with what they already have.

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

I'm definitely going back to serve.

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The Mississippi Club of Howard University

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 21, 2009

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January 21, 2009

During the week that my group stayed in Washington DC we helped out at multiple organizations to help homelessness; and out of the 6 or 7 service that we did I would like to say that DCCK was the best experience for me. I had fun cooking at talking to the people around e. I thoroughly enjoyed my entire time there , I didn't want to leave. (1/12/2009)

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

Ronald and Fred and they were very friendly and kind and informative, I talked to Ronald about school and how he ended up where he was and what got him through and what e is doing today and we talked about family and movies and music and stereotypes. I just loved talking to him

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YSOP

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 15, 2009

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January 15, 2009

Volunteering at DCCK was a wonderful experience - the people there are truly inspiring individuals that really believe in what they do and are eager to share their passions with you. I learned so much, from how to properly cut 400 potatoes in one shift to how social entrepreneurship can really change people's lives and transform a community. Robert Egger is so inspiring, as are all the people who have made his vision a reality. Go DCCK!!

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

talking to both the staff members who have successfully completed DCCK's Culinary Training School, and the other volunteers who come from all over the country.

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

Well organized, accountable, friendly, and passionate

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

end hunger and poverty in America

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 14, 2009

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January 14, 2009

DC Central Kitchen is an amazing innovative place that takes leftovers from restaurants and other places and turns it into meals for the needy. The chefs and staff are very friendly and I learned some basic cooking skills like how to chop onions and carrots properly.

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

talking to the homeless on the streets of DC. Their meals do get to those that need them.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to continue doing the same great work it's doing now.

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

meeting fellow volunteers and working with the chefs and staff.

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

friendly and liked talking about their experience in the kitchen and why they liked working there.

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

create more kitchens worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

the orientation around the kitchen were better.

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

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

the food is good!

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Gettysburg College

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 12, 2009

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January 12, 2009

Not only does DCCK provide 4,500 meals a day to individuals throughout the Washington DC community, they also provide a life changing opportunity to it's Culinary Job Training Trainees. DCCK is such an inspiring place to volunteer. All of the staff are warm and welcoming and are willing to share their stories. DCCK is an all-around great place to be.

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

the stories of trainees and employees.

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

the fun I had while helping 4,500 people and learning about the issues of hunger and homelessness.

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

simply amazing!!

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

expand it's operations and feed more people while also expanding it's training program and not need to turn away trainees.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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

the small space in which they work.

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Central Michigan University

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 7, 2009

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January 7, 2009

I'm in Washington, D.C., taking a class for my university, and we had the incredible opportunity to work at DC Central Kitchen yesterday, and the experience was incredible. Before leaving, I was doubtful whether this nonprofit that I didn't know much about would be able to accommodate the 30 people in our group in a way that would allow everyone to be utilized and not be standing around bored. Fortunately, the kitchen is very well organized and the staff is kind and cooperative. Our group received continual directions when needed, and we had a great time. If I lived in the DC area, I would surely be returning a lot. The Central Kitchen is a great project for people of all ages, including those like myself who are in college. Check out the DC Central Kitchen website www.dccentralkitchen.org They have information on there for students about how to get involved at our own schools as well.

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

the staff is so nice, and I could easily see the product of all my work. Also, they let any volunteers stick around for lunch with the staff which was great, free food!

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

Start similar projects in other cities that would help alleviate hunger in a way the U.S. has never seen.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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Elon University

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 6, 2009

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January 6, 2009

I loved DCCK! They opened their arms and welcomed my groups help. We were there for a week working every day in the kitchen and loved every minute of it. The people are so nice and grateful for everything we were willing to help with. They were also VERY accommadating as well. I have many allergies, I'm pretty much allergic to life and they still allowed me to work and kept me safe at the same time. They watched over me like I was one of their daugthers. I loved DCCK. It's the best environment with the most cheerful people.

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

the shelter that they provide food for. We would go up and serve the food we prepared and the people were so nice to us and they just appreciated us being there. Not to mention the people who go through the program there are some of the nicest and generious people I've ever met.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask the shelter what kind of food they might like to have. It's some times repetitive and i can understand getting tired of the same things all the time.

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

The people. They were phenomenal! They laughed and sung with us. They were always cheerful and they told us their stories. We bonded and I love every one of them.

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

The staff was fantasic. Simply amazing, I don't think I'll ever meet another group of people that inspired me so much.

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

Serve and do so much mroe for the community! DCCK is an amazing organization and I'd love to see them get more funding to help more people on the streets and in the shelter.

Ways to make it better...

I wasn't allergic to literally everything, but they still put me to work and I had a blast!

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

Their biggest challenge I think are getting the right people to work in the kitchen. I mean as volunteers not staff. Volunteers are sometimes there because they have too not always because they want too and because their care, that just makes it kind of a downer sometimes.

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

DCCK was the best volunteer environment I've ever been too. I would recommend it to anyone that whats to interact with amazing staff and have a blast. I was sad when I had to leave.

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Central Michigan University: Alternative Winter Break

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 5, 2009

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January 5, 2009

Great experience for my wife and I. We were travelling through the area and happy for the chance to volunteer at DC Central.

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

the kitchen we worked in.

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

meeting the people who worked there, who turned their life around.

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

excellent.

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

franchise itself to spread throughout North America.

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Retired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

January 4, 2009

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January 4, 2009

A great place to donate your time. This organization not only provides healthy meals to homeless shelters and other community groups, but it trains homeless people to become chefs! I walk out of this place every month feeling like I have accomplished something - and frequently take home cooking tips as well.

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

feeling of giving back to the community by helping a very worthy cause

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

very helpful and interested in making sure we had the tools and knowledge needed

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

replace some of the older ovens

Ways to make it better...

knives were sharper

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Burgundy Crescent Volunteers

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