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April 25, 2014

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April 25, 2014

I had been thinking about volunteering to at the INN for a while, and I few months ago, I found Having Friends INN through Facebook. I started tentatively, but in a few short time, I have become to feel very welcome in this group of volunteers. The guests are served with dignity and treated with respect. I have even had an opportunity to cook for the guests one evening. I find the work of the INN to be very satisfying. I now volunteer 5x a month.

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

not change a thing. They are true to their mission and, in my experience, very passionate about doing so.

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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?

2014

December 3, 2013

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November 23, 2009

The INN treats the big problem of homelessness and hunger on Long Island one person at a time. Anyone seeking help gets it with no questions asked, they are treated with dignity and respect, and some... more

December 3, 2013

I have been involved with The INN since 1988--as a volunteer, then a Board member, an officer, a donor, and I've even had a family member who was a guest of The INN. It is a terrific organization that respects the guests and the volunteers, and it never loses sight of its mission. An example of this is that only 12% of its revenue is spent on administration and fundraising while 88% goes to programs. Long Island has an affluent population, but there are many of our neighbors who are hungry and/or homeless. At The INN they know that we are only as strong and healthy as the weakest among us, and they are doing something about it every day.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help publicize how wonderful their work is.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 23, 2009

The INN treats the big problem of homelessness and hunger on Long Island one person at a time. Anyone seeking help gets it with no questions asked, they are treated with dignity and respect, and somehow they feed hundreds of thousands and house many thousands over the course of a year. The caring devotion to the basic needs of our fellow LI'ers permeates the whole organization from the staff, volunteeers, management, donors, and board members

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

the spirit on both sides of the counter (guests and servers) that makes me realize that both get a huge benefit from our efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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The INN is an integral part of our community and needs everyone's support. I will never forget the look on my daughter's face when she was 5 years old and we made a donation of a Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 8. As we entered the INN with our turkey and basket of food, a young mother arrived and the volunteer immediately gave the basket to the young woman (not knowing of course that the donation was delivered by us). Her facial expression went from being solemn to relief. My daughter learned in that minute how fortunate she was in her life and how "giving back" is a much needed virtue. We continue to support the INN not only because others need it, but we need it as well, to bring more purpose to our lives. Please support the INN.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 8, 2012

A wonderful, wonderful organization that does so much for so many people! Please support them

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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?

2010

March 25, 2010
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March 25, 2010
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About 10 years ago, I saw an article for an INN town meeting asking if anyone had interest in helping the local soup kitchen. The kitchen was down to about $100 in the account at since it feeds 50-100 people five days a week, it was a very difficult time and was in danger of closing. Since I had volunteered for the local homeless shelter for years, I thought I could help. Since that time, I have had the chance to meet many of the great people at INN. Jean Kelly, the president, is truly a saint and incredibly wonderful person, and it seems the staff she chooses to work at the INN follow her lead and are dedicated and kind as well. I have never met a group of people with such high integrity, honesty and true caring. The reason the organization works is that their staff has a passion for their cause - helping hungry and homeless people with dignity. It is the most basic need they provide and they do an amzing job of not only giving their "Guests" a hot meal, but also kind words, and hope because they show someone cared. To date, I continue to fundraise for The Welcome INN, one of the organization's soup kitchens in Port Jefferson, and feel truly blessed to be among 75 of the kindest people who volunteer their time and energy to continue to care for our area's poor and hungry.

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

seeing people who have nothing, come together and feel cared for by an organization that not only feeds them, but is a source of support as well.

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

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

knowing I helped make a difference in the lives of so many.

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

Board members, soup kitchen volunteers that shop, prepare food, cook, serve, clean up.

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

Build temporary housing for those in need, provide more social services for homeless.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to actually serve the guests. Since I am a single parent, I always choose to just do speaking engagements but the few times I was able to, it left me so gratified.

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

the tough economic climate causing lack of donations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 21, 2009
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December 21, 2009
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Many years ago while on the art committee at the North Shore JCC we did an exhibit about the homeless called Shelter Me. At that time we met Rob Kamerer and became involved with the INN on a steadier basis. Each year strengthens my personal ties with Jean Kelly and Rob and reaffirms my impression of the boundless energy and total committment they bring to the organization. As artists, we design and set up the tables for the annual Dinner Dance, design and contribute art for the Holiday Cards, and create art for sale at the dinner dance yearly. It is a joy to be able to do this.

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

the comraderie and lifelong friendships which have developed through the years with the people with whom I work.

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

feed more - house more - clothe more people in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 21, 2009

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December 21, 2009

The people at INN are wonderful and caring. The people, and the organization are dedicated, professional, efficient, and heartwarming, all in one package. I am happy to be involved with them, and to be in a position where I can contribute to their mission.

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

Seeing them take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to them.

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

The caring and dedication of everyone I meet there.

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

Make a tremendous difference in the lives of many, many people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

This is a great place to volunteer. The entire staff is very committed to helping hungry and homeless people, and their volunteers treat all the guests with respect. it has been a very rewarding experience to work with them, especially in the "soup kitchen" where they serve about 300 to 350 meals 5 days a week.

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

When i was handing out sandwiches 1 day, I wanted to give 1 guest (who looked particularly down on his luck) an extra sandwich - but he politely declined saying that I should give it to someone else who needs it more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

I have volunteered at the INN's Mercy Inn soup kitchen in Wyandanch, NY several times over the past few years. My experiences have been wonderful. The facility is extremely humble, but the volunteers truly embrace it and the opportunities to welcome in those in need. All guests are offered a meal and a smile. I have helped at many soup kitchens are the country (NY, CA, CO, SC, etc.), and this is one of my favorites. I believe the work of the INN is worthwhile, both for the stomach and the soul.

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

I have volunteered at the Mercy Inn several times during the past few years, first as a student at St. Anthony's High School (South Huntington, NY) and then during college. I helped prepare and serve lunch for the guests.

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

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

It was easy to help! I called the coordinator of the Mercy Inn and was told I could come help whenever I was available during the week. There was no unnecessary bureaucracy involved.

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

welcoming and clearly dedicated to the INN's mission.

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

help feed all the needy stomachs (and souls!) of Long Island.

Ways to make it better...

I could volunteer during the weekend or at night.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 13, 2009

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December 13, 2009

I went there because a friend of mine asked me to help serve lunch. I had given donations to the INN in the past but had never been there to see just what they do. When I walked in they were having their daily meeting. I have to say they seemed so thoughtful in how they were going to handle all the people that were going to come in as well as the things all of these people might need while they were having lunch. They had "runners" who brought food over to those who could not walk to the window to get there hot lunch. Wasn't I surprised to see my own Rabbi there as one of those "runners". After everyone had lunch there was an orderly line for people who needed things like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, tampons etc. By the way they never have enough of that type of stuff!! I thought they were extremely organized and I will go back and help out again in January along with continuing to donate to the cause when I can.

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

The way a number of the adults and I exchanges words like; good afternoon and have a nice day!!

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

That I felt welcomed by the staff for helping even if it was only that one day!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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