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May 11, 2012

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February 16, 2011

We were volunteers before we became members of the board. We have been a part of food finders for 20 years, ever since it was started as a grass roots organization. We now pick up food and deliver e... more

May 11, 2012

My husband and I have been volunteering for Food Finders since it started 0ver 20 years ago. We started out picking up food once a week and are now picking up food 7 days a week ( twice on Sundays ). We deliver directly to the agencies in need. At the present time we deliver food to 7 different agencies. Food Finders was a grass roots effort by one women that has grown over the years. I believe that Food Finders have delivered over 20 million pounds of food to the needy over the years. We have served on the Board of Directors for over 7 years and are passionate about the mission of Food Finders.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 16, 2011

We were volunteers before we became members of the board. We have been a part of food finders for 20 years, ever since it was started as a grass roots organization. We now pick up food and deliver every day of the week Yes!! that is 7 days. It is part of our morning rutine and we never miss. The work food finders does for others is fnatastic

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

the satisfaction I see and feel with seeing how much the food is appreciated and needed

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more people to volunteer their services and time. That way we could serve more people

December 6, 2011

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December 6, 2011

Not only does Food Finders rescue food and get it to agencies that feed people, they also will send people who call Food Finders to partnering agencies so they can get other help that they may be needed. Food Finders takes food to a variety of agencies too.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 21, 2011

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November 21, 2011

Each week I rescue about 100 lbs of cooked food from he Westin Hotel Long Beach for the benefit of the 200-300 who take part in the Drop In Center program at the Congregational Chuuch. Direct hands on to those in need by volunteers who care in a great interagency effort.

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

By picking up and delivering food that would otherwise be tossed.

Ways to make it better...

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

No change

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I have worked for several years for Food Finders and fint it a very rewarding experience. We go to various locations and pick up exra food that they have and deliver it to organizations that feed the needy. When I go there to dliver food the people that are waiting for something to eat are always willing to help me unload. All I have to do is look at the faces of the men, women and kids to know what they are thinking. THANK GOD WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT FOR MONE MORE DAY. That greateful look makes me so very thankful for organizations like Food Finders.

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I have seen their generosity many times.

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

Win the locttery and make a big donation to them.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My friend Sheryl Worley introduced me to Food Finders in 2007 and started assisting her in her rounds. It was also at this time that I was doing Bible College and needed a practical ministry involvement. Food Finders came to mind. After the usual procedural steps, I was assigned a store and the places for drop off. There began my weekly journey of pickup and drop offs.

At first I only had one or two places for drop off but as provision would multiply, I would also receive more recipients. I was dropping off supply at food banks, community outreaches such as soup kitchen, different non-profit organizations or ministries serving the impoverished. It all depended on how much supply there was that day.

The work was very fulfilling that instead of stopping once my practical ministry classes were over and hours fulfilled, I continued on and on and on. It became a way of life. Volunteering became addictive that I added more volunteer work into my daily routine.

I had so much joy seeing faces light up when they receive free food or other services. Soon, casual relationships began deepening into real friendships. One kind act would snowball and duplicate itself.

Within two years the supply grew and drop off recipients multiplied. Two hours became 4 or 5 sometimes, depending on the bulk. I would also be called to cover for someone else, and I would oblige. Because of abundant supply and provision from others, another group of recipients developed: mothers with children and those temporarily out of work. Many from that group moved from being recipients to being volunteer helpers and who then gave back to others as they recovered financially.

The work was growing. It was at this time that my husband and I started involving others in the ministry that we were part of (Walking With Jesus Ministry CA). We were also able to bring in two other non-profit and religious organizations to help out as volunteers and also be the recipients so that the food can be distributed to the less fortunate in their churches.

We served three years and some months as volunteers until we recently moved away from the Southern California area. We miss the precious times of serving and the relationships and friendships that have been built. BUT, we hope we can serve alongside Food Finders again in the future. Maybe a WA State office can be established? ;-)

We will always treasure and carry in our hearts the joy of knowing that we are and were part of a common good.

We thank Sheryl Worley, my dearest friend who is now in New Mexico, for having invited me to serve with her!

We thank Food Finders, most especially, for having given us that opportunity to serve alongside them. What they do is life-saving!

Cami Miller
For Ken and Cami Miller
California/Washington

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

From one person, the work grew into it being an integral part of our ministry where not only one or two people were involved, but many others. The bonds that were created are lifetime.

Ways to make it better...

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

Establish the same in other states. That's how helpful, useful and beneficial it is, especially in this financially-challenged times. And food is a prime commodity that is needed daily.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Not for me but for the organization: bigger funding to avail bigger space, more vehicles, maybe add pilot offices in other districts so that wider areas can be covered. There is a need for more of this kind of service organization that truly deliver their mission statement.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, see review

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

See review

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have worked with Food Finders for years. Their services are a valuable component in the fight against food insecurity. The staff care about their community and support a variety of programs to get food that would otherwise be dumped into landfills into the hands of families and individuals who need this support. They also support animal companions and collect food donations for them.

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

the way it relieves people's anxiety about food.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with more resources to expand their reach.

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

Food Finders does not only help people who need food but, also pets. Friends of Long Beach Animals has partnered with them for 3 years now in collecting people and pet food for those in need mostly in the Long Beach area through our Mayors, Bob Foster, Holiday Food Drive. Though funds were low this year year probably because of the economy we were still able to help many pets in need and was able to take a large box of food over to them. They are the greatest, and thoughout the year they raise funds for their program through a high-class thrift store which I have purchased many quality gifts from.

Shirley Vaughan
Citizen of Long Beach CA.

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Arlene Mercer is an educated, personalble woman who main compassion is helping those in need. Not only people but, also the pets that need help.

Ways to make it better...

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

None

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I have been working wth FoodFinders for approximateoy two (2) years.
During that time, I have picked over a ton of food that would have otherwise spoiled or been disposed of into our land fill.

This food went to several organizations that make sure it is made available to those in
our community who so desperately need the extra nurishment in these very difficult times.

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

I have seen the food received, organized, and given to so many people who wait so patiently for the help FoodFinders makes available to the direct food providers. So many of the recients look to be in such need.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to develop more sources for food.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

My partner and I have worked for Food Finders for two years. Our route is to transfer food on the 3rd Sunday of each month from the Weston Hotel Sunday Brunch (leftovers) to The Drop In Center (food kitchen, computer lab, safe haven) held in the First Congregational Church downtown Long Beach. When we arrive at the church, there are people, (families, couples, homeless, disabled) standing in line around the block. This is only one of several food kitchens in the downtown Long Beach area, and the need for food is overwhelming. The Weston leftovers supplement the food prepared at the Drop in Center. Food Finders is doing everything they can to support, but there is a larger demand than supply. This is an amazing organization which really helps people in need with a unique idea to reduce waste and move excess food directly to those in need. GO FOODFINDERS!

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

We've had the opportunity to get to know some of the people personally who benefit from these services. The work of these organizations, such as Food Finders, does help people get back into the mainstream of life. Its so important, especially when State and Federal funding for such programs is being cut.

Ways to make it better...

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

When I last saw Food Finders' faciities, it appears that they could do even more if they had updated computers and other equipment.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

On-line visibility of open routes where volunteers are needed to move food.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned about the people who need these services and have a more compasionate understanding. Its been very humbling.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am giving something back. Its not right to sit back and ignor those who have not been so lucky in life. Giving back is a responsibility. Food Finders makes it easy, enjoyable and rewarding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

Shortly after retirement,I began to explore different avenues that could benefit by my participation. My life changed when I met Arlene Mercer, founder and director of an extraorinary organization called "Food Finders". My search for fullfillment ended as my envolvement grew in becoming a productive asset to the growth and well being to my community and city. Along with volunteering to pick up excess goods from local markets, I then delivered them direct to the approved needy agencies. This routine became as necessary to me as breathing in and breathing out. With all the heartwarming smiles, god bless you's, see you next week and always the many thank you's made me realize what a difference I was making in so many lives. The joy of giving. For the big picture, of which all the volenteers are a part, Food Finders for the year 2010 have collected seven million lbs. of food and served approximately 50,000 meals per day. Some searh for a pot of gold at the end of rainbow. I found mine in my own backyard--Me! The pot of gold is my health and ability to better serve my community and my rainbow is made up of all the people that I service and together we create a GlOW felt by all.

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

satisfaction by helping to feed the needy

Ways to make it better...

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

no changes recommended

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