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December 15, 2008

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December 15, 2008

I'm impressed with DC Central Kitchen. I had a great experience volunteering at the Kitchen to prepare food for the homeless. The staff were friendly, patient and emphasise to the volunteers the importance of cleanliness, safety and presentation. DCCK makes a big impact on the community thru their various programs and helps to break the cycle of homelessness.

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

Helping to combat hunger and strengthening communities in the Washington DC Metro area thru food that everyone can relate.

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

Volunteering is easy at DCCK to make a difference.

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

Warm, friendly and showed a desire to work help the volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 15, 2008

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December 15, 2008

The entire ledership from my organization came out to support the DC Central Kitchen. It was a wondeful experience and the people are truly nice. All federal agencies shoudl consider suipporting this organizatio throughtheir volunteer programs.

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

wonderful and helpful

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

change DC

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Federal Agency

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 15, 2008

It was the most fun few hours chopping vegetables I've ever had. I really enjoyed chatting with other volunteers working alongside me, and the kitchen staff was friendly and never lacking in jobs for us to do. One tip: wear your baseball cap if you don't want to have to take a hair net.

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

volunteers were young and very civic-minded, smart. The staff were chef types-- they ran an efficient kitchen. And they had good stories to tell.

Ways to make it better...

there was slightly better communication between staff there and volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 15, 2008

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December 15, 2008

DCCK is by far one of the best places in the DC Metro area to go serve at! The entire staff at the Kitchen always create a positive atmosphere when you go serve and make you want to keep coming back!

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

feed every hungry person in the DC Metro area!

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Lott Carey International Youth Department

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 15, 2008

I always have an enjoyable time when volunteering at the DCCK. It's so much fun that I always try to bring at least one new friend every time!

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

that it is flexible and never mundane because the menu/jobs change every week

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One Brick

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2008

December 9, 2008

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December 9, 2008

We took eight Cub Scouts and various family members to the Kitchen for an absolutely fabulous experience. The boys learned about the Kitchen's mission to feed and to teach through cooking. We learned about the jobs program and how the Kitchen manages volunteers, food donations, and their 4500 meals per day volume. Nutritionist Dahlia served as host for the day, giving us a tour punctuated by comments from a generous head chef. We learned about how the Kitchen keeps an eye on nutritional needs of the families it serves, and we even had a quick exercise refreshing on the Food Pyramid. The boys were finally able to lend a hand themselves when they mixed some dry food donations into trail mix bags. We couldn't have planned for a better experience. Thank you.

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

action. We were there as they put together meals for families and educated our boys about how food and cooking can uplift those in need.

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

do things exactly the same

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

generousness of spirit

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

many and varied. All different job responsibilities, professional backgrounds, ethnic communities, and ages. Open arms for everyone.

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

further replicate its model in other areas, solidify funding for programs underway

Ways to make it better...

We remembered to ask for a walk-away something, button, folder, brochure, memento, etc.

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

constricted financial situation of government, donors, economy in general

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

Dahlia does a great job bonding with hyper eight year olds and Mike Curtin is my hero.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 4, 2008

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December 4, 2008

It was an amazing experience. I was very impressed with the organization. The questions and answer session was so helpful and made me love the organization even more every answer i received. The volunteering went by so quickly. Everyone had a specific job and a person to answer their questions. It was wonderful.

The Great!

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

My volunteer group. We were all changed about our views of homelessness, hunger, and the role of charity today. The dc community, people are changed by food and love.

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

Feel accomplished and happy. I could never run it as well as it is run now.

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

How refreshing it is for people to have new and great ideas, that just make sense. The people and organization. It was so well run, there was never a moment of confusion.

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

Amazing! everyone was friendly and extremely helpful. they all seemed to have super dedication to the organization. Understandably so too, it is so well run and just a great place.

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

CHANGE THE WORLD! Reshape charity, feed the United States and reach out to the rest of the world.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer

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

The economy and the lack of funding available today.

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

I hope that funding works out in the future and i will recommend this organization to everyone i meet.

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Randolph College Peace and Diplomacy Community

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 3, 2008

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December 3, 2008

I had a wonderful experience working in the prep kitchen. They were well prepared for us and well organized and there was plenty for everyone to do. About 20 of us worked for almost 3 hours after which I had made some new friends and felt like I had helped the community (and my own karma!)

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

The great product they put out for the hungry.

Ways to make it better...

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

focus more on fundraising

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

doing good and feeling good about it

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

super people and fun to get to know.

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

Feed the world!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and could do it more.

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

getting additional funding

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

everyone should volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 3, 2008

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December 3, 2008

I have loved my experience at DC Central Kitchen. From every level, DCCK has provided the best volunteer experience possible. The staff does a great job of explaining not only the specifics of everything that you are doing but also the inner workings of the organization and how we fit in. On a personal level though, the staff could not be more warm and friendly, including spontaneous outbreaks of dance to oldies music. I have worked at other non-profits before where I felt like I was doing something good, but before DC Central Kitchen I never felt like I was part of a team. They make the experience such that you never feel like you are volunteering your time but spending time with old friends and meeting new ones.

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

the graduates and students of their Job Training Program.

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

change nothing.

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

meeting the staff and fellow volunteers.

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

some of the kindest, warm-hearted people that I've met.

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

train hundreds of new workers through its job training program, help to compelte its work eliminating hunger and poverty in DC and raise awareness of the issues creating it.

Ways to make it better...

the volunteers who had signed up to volunteer had showed up to work.

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

raising awareness in the community.

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

I plan to continue volunteering here for as long as I live in the area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

December 3, 2008

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December 3, 2008

I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my volunteer shifts at DCCK. I feel like I'm doing something that directly impacts the community. I also really appreciate the things I learn from the kitchen staff (most of whom are graduates of the Central Kitchen's Culinary Job Training program). They make sure we volunteers are all working safely and in a sanitary way. The volunteer orientation is well-organized and gives a great overview of the programs that DCCK runs, as well as explaining what will go on during that particular shift and how it fits into the bigger picture.

The Great!

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

the kitchen - where their graduates are now employed.

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

feeling like I'm making a direct contribution to the less fortunate members of the community.

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

enthusiastic, informed, and friendly.

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

do even more of the great work it does; pass along to other communities the lessons learned so they could be put into practice elsewhere; do more with the donated produce from local farms.

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