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January 4, 2009

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January 4, 2009

I've volunteered at DCCK about every other month for the past 18 months and have really enjoyed it. The staff is very nice and professional and appreciate our volunteer services. They let you take on responsibility, especially once they get to know you (after repeated visits). My only complaint is that the briefing at the start of the day can get very long--I've taken to coming late just to miss it since I've heard it before and it isn't so much about safety as about the philosophy of DCCK. But overall, it is fantastic.

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

...the quality and quantity of food that is produced in one morning. Given the number of homeless/poor people in DC, they are making a big impact.

Ways to make it better...

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

...try to find a sanitary way to include recycling of packaging materials (particularly cans)--there is so much waste produced each day and nothing is recycled.

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

...knowing that I'm spending my time on something that really matters. My 3 hours of work is ensuring that hundreds of people will eat that day.

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

...really nice and professional. It is a fun place to help out and you always meet interesting people.

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

...continue to upgrade its facilities, keep up with the growing demand, and find a way to safely recycle all the cans it currently throws in the garbage.

Ways to make it better...

...they keep the briefing at the start to 5-10 minutes MAX! One time it went on for 40 minutes--zzzz.

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

...the economy. With so many more people heading into poverty, DCCK is going to be needed more now than at any time in its existance.

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

...this is an important organization for DC. It deserves support.

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Burgundy Crescent and SRA International

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 27, 2008

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December 27, 2008

My experience at DCCK was great. I have volunteered there a few times before, I plan to continue. Everyone involved is dedicated and committed to the mission. The staff emphasizes good hygiene during food preparation and quality food. The staff explains the mission to the volunteers and tells them how the food is helping others.

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

speaking with graduates of the culinary program.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change a thing. I would continue to work with the community to get the food where it is needed, raise money for equipment, and find volunteers.

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

knowing that work I did that day will help someone the same day.

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

a pleasure to work with and dedicated.

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

it could do the same thing in more places.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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

finding enough people who care to help and ensuring they reach everyone that needs help.

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

I like the fact that DCCK does more than just provide food. They help people become self-sufficient.

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One Brick

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 19, 2008

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December 19, 2008

DC Central Kitchen is a great place to volunteer. I have organized to volunteer with 15 different groups in the last 1 1/2 years. More than 400 volunteers, including 100 young adults have participated. We all had great time. Jerald Thaoma the Kitchen Director, Carolyn Parham the volunteer co-ordinator ar of great help. They help us by getting the provisions, we need. Communicate, in case of Machine breakdowns. They and the entire staff are very helpfull in getting the vegetarian meal prepared in time. They also help in organizing the tour of Community for Non-Violence facility. We are looking forward voulnteer at the least once a month for ever. DCCK is a great place to volunteer. K.G. Venkatraman (Ramani) Hindu Community Service Organizer and donor.

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

making full use of the volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Ability of the organization to serve a noble cause with fun and without any stress.

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

very nice and harworking

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

Repalce the failing ovens and renovate the kitchen and storage facility.

Ways to make it better...

some of the equipments were refurnished.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 18, 2008

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December 18, 2008

This is a great organization - great people to work with and the ability to make an actual contribution with your time. Mr. Egger even drops by most days which is always inspiring! We've volunteered here for years, and now my son is old enough to volunteer too. Talk about quality time!

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

folks are fed all over DZC.

Ways to make it better...

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

be thrilled to come to work each day.

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

Interaction with the staff and trainees.

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

Dedicated, kind and helpful.

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

Build several more kitchens and training centers throughout the region.

Ways to make it better...

I was better with a knife!

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

the fact that grocery stores and restaurants are improving their food processes so there are fewer items to share with DCCK.

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

Come volunteer, you won't be disappointed.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 16, 2008

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December 16, 2008

We were really impressed with the mission of this program and how everything was interconnected. The tasks we did were so minuscule, but overall helpful when you think about everything the staff at DC Central Kitchen have to do. We enjoyed working together and with our team leaders. We would definitely do this again.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

how easy is it was to set of volunteers and how organize/efficient they were.

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

very welcoming and fun to work with.

Ways to make it better...

we did a variety of tasks.

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University of Maryland Incentive Awards Program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 16, 2008

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December 16, 2008

I am the parent of a 16 year old. She LOVED IT. She brought 3 friends a different times and they LOVED IT. That says alot to get a teenager to like anything that much and it is not related to music or some teen function That says alot about your program. Thank you so much! They continue to volunteer just because not because it is a requirement. Yeah! Happy Holidays to you all!

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

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

The teenagers loved it.

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

wonderful and fun

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

spread love and happiness

Ways to make it better...

they didn't have to walk through the alley.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 16, 2008

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December 16, 2008

Hands down - DCCK is the greatest place to volunteer. The staff and fellow volunteers offer comfort and camaraderie, and really let you know that your efforts are not only appreciated, but make a real difference in the lives of many.

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

The staff - James; Jerold; Freddy; Bo; Chef Bullock...and all the unmentioned (including volunteers), but no less appreciated staff that work tirelessly everyday to combat hunger in the lives of DC's neediest.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 16, 2008

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December 16, 2008

DC Central Kitchen was one of the best places I've volunteered at.The staff was very supportive and one of the best I've ever been around with.

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

After school programs

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

How they make everyone feel welcome no matter who and what you do. Everyone is treated the same

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

Very friendly and easy to work with

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

Be able to help so many more people

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Fannie Mae

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 15, 2008

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December 15, 2008

DC Central Kitchen was one of the best places i've volunteered at. I've learn to make good food, cleaned up, washed dishes, and so forth. The staff was very supportive and one of the best i've ever been around with. The chefs know how to prepare food and they teach you ways to do it. That's how i've keep coming back.

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

Preparing food quickly before 12 noon by showing leadership and keeping things together to make sure that nothing bad happens.

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

Learning how to prepare food by making sure that nothing goes wrong with the food and developing leadership and assisting volunteers on how to make food and to make sure they watch what they're doing.

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

Chefs that are about business by practicing quality control, doing things right, and getting them done on time. The chefs are very serious about that. Furthermore, i've met 2 or 3 people that about the business of DC Central Kitchen such as Hilary Espinosa who is First Helping Manager, Ana who works for Fresh Start, and others. The volunteers i've met were local and out-of-state (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, Georgia, etc).

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

Invest in a new building (have state-of-the-art kitchen so the organization can be up-to-date).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 15, 2008

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December 15, 2008

D.C. Central Kitchen has not only provided me with a meaningful way of helping the community, but also practical cooking and organizational skills that led to several employment opportunities. This is one of the best non-profits out there and there's no better way to get to know it than by volunteering.

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

first-hand ways and when looking at community change.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing, everybody's doing a great job.

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

interactions with the staff, trainees, and other volunteerse.

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

passionate about their work, aware of the change they are creating, and talented chefs.

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

expand to meet more needs, but it's not just about money.

Ways to make it better...

we had a brief time where volunteers could meet each other.

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

meeting increased demands with limited resources and staying innovative when the model has become institutionalized.

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Bowdoin College

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