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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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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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.

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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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December 3, 2008

DC Central Kitchen is a great place to volunteer. It's fun and rewarding. You meet great people while helping people in need.

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

that it is a fun place to volunteer because you meet great people while helping people in need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 15, 2008

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September 15, 2008

After my daughter colunteered this past summer, we wanted to come see DCCK. She was so impressed with all that they accomplished that we as a family decided to support them financially and with more t... more

September 15, 2008

After my daughter colunteered this past summer, we wanted to come see DCCK. She was so impressed with all that they accomplished that we as a family decided to support them financially and with more time. The rest of us came and cut peppers for chiliman. Everyone was so professional and kind. It was great to learn about all the organizations they support. [This review was collected at a site visit to DCCK and inputted by a GreatNonprofits intern.]

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

the organizations they support including a new one starting today for women and children with HIV. The people they train for culinary jobs.

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

helping such a productive organization.

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

friendly, professional, efficient.

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

clone itself in more cities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 15, 2008

After my daughter colunteered this past summer, we wanted to come see DCCK. She was so impressed with all that they accomplished that we as a family decided to support them financially and with more time. The rest of us came and cut peppers for chiliman. Everyone was so professional and kind. It was great to learn about all the organizations they support.

The Great!

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

the organizations they support including a new one starting today for women and children with HIV. The people they train for culinary jobs.

More feedback...

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

helping such a productive organization.

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

friendly, professional, efficient.

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

clone itself in more cities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 15, 2008

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September 15, 2008

Having been in food service for numerous years, I found myself without a job and without my food handlers license. I had been exposed to DCCK several years prior and thought this would be the opportune time to avail myself of their services. At this juncture, so far so good.

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

the sheer number of people that they serve.

Ways to make it better...

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

focus exclusively on hands-on kitchen skills for a set number of weeks. Then focus exclusively on book work for the remainder of the time.

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

seeing exactly what feeding nearly 5000 people entail. Observing the process of coordinating volunteers, students, staff, donors, and those curious about the organization's mission.

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

helpful

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

overhaul the kitchen which is antiquated to say the least.

Ways to make it better...

the duration of time spent in the process was lessened.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

I came to DCCK for the first time July 2008 with the organization YouthWorks. I was immediately impressed with how efficiently the kitchen was running. I was taught how to cut vegetables in a timely manner and how to keep my workspace clean. It was very interesting to see a nonprofit organization impact so many organizations and individuals. I am 16 years old and hope to bring my friends and family to donate time to this organization.

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

the people DCCK trains. They are polite and efficient.

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

how professional everyone was and how clean everything was kept.

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

efficient, kind, well-trained

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

spread into different cities and feed thousands more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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September 15, 2008

I am currently a greatful student at DC Central Kitchen. I have learned alot and love the program. The hands on hands experience is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. The staff is wonderful. You learn alot of things about the kitchen that you never would have learned on your own or in the world. For this to be a non profit organization they are very helpful and generous. I love to cook and to bake but never had any idea how many things I was doing wrong. I thank DC Central Kitchen from the bottom of my heart. If you love to cook and no one else will give you a chance this is the place to be. Not only for your self but for your future for your career not just a job. DC Central Kitchen is the best!

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

The results I have witnessed are growth and graduation.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the space.

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

I have enjoyed everything about this organization.

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

Where open minded, helpful, and great people all around.

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

An outstanding very large very diverse organization that would be able to help alot more areas than what this organization already does.

Ways to make it better...

If I had more hands on hands experience in the kitchen, or if the classes where a little longer.

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

Finding a job and cutting onions (Smile)

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

I love DC Central Kitchen and I thank them. Keep up the good work

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