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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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.

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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.

The Great!

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

speaking with graduates of the culinary program.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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