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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.

Ways to make it better...

No complaints

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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.

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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

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.

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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

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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