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December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I work for a company that partners with the Northern IL Foodbank regularly. They are a great place to volunteer at and truly make a big different in the lives of the people they servce. The teams that runs the foodbank are very warm and really beleive in what they are doing. It becomes contagious and I hope they continue to bless the lives of thousands in our area.

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

very passionate about what they do. You can tell that they have a heart for not only the people they serve but for the all people. God bless them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a first class organization that is "Making a Difference" each and every day. They help the Hungry in the communities they service. The Team spirit at NIFB is united. Volunteers help repeatly because the NIFB team educates the volunteers as well making the experience of voluntering FUN. I have been actively involved with the food bank during Hunger Action Month at Jewel Osco and many other programs. After working with NIFB and the team, I now believe that "Ending Hunger is not a Dream. It is a Possiblity"

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

The passion that that staff at NIFB shows. I have dealt with several staff members and all of them have unique gifts and talents. They are all extremely helpful and "walk the talk" In addition, they are always looking for ways to improve and go forward.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I have worked with the NIFB for many years and have really enjoyed seeing the growth of the organization. The volme's and #'s of the people who are served and helped has grown dramatically and is amazing !! Dennis and his TEAM are FABULOUS and truely exhibit the Mission of the NIFB!!! You guys are GREAT!!!!!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful program Mike Yore Sodexo

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

helping with food packing

Ways to make it better...

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

hire my wife to help Dennis and Shannon

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

the spitit of the people voluntering

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

outstanding

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

help Stop Hunger

Ways to make it better...

I had more respondendents from my Company

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

tough economic times - nobody has time to Volunteer

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

The NIFB is GREAT!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009

My name is Todd Shewchuk. I work for Wal-Mart. I am the Community Involvement Coordinator for the Waukegan Store. I got involved with the Food Bank for some personal reasons along with helping the less fortunate. This is a wonderful orginization to volunteer with. I love helping those in need, because with a contuning bad economy and with so many people out of work. People are turning to more non-profit agencies in record numbers. I love going to the food bank on wednesday nights and seeing the volunteers helping food pantries out along with helping those in need more. This teaches people that whether employed or not all of us need to do our part to help each other in times like this.

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

seeing what they can do for the various communities they serve

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more space for storage

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

getting to know the volunteers and workers of this orginization

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

wonderful to work with.

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

do so much more for the communities they serve.

Ways to make it better...

I wouldn't change a thing

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

not enough food for the communities they serve.

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

it teaches you time management and orginizational skills

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

Since I started volunteering I learned so much about the work that the food banks do to help the people in need. Volunteers are the only way a food bank is able to process the millions of pounds of donated food to get it ready for the people in need. The work is highly rewarding and I have found that the food bank employees and the other volunteers are exceptionally hard working and very motivated individuals. I plan on continuing my volunteer work for as long as I can.

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

Everyone at the Food Bank either staff or volunteers are very dedicated to this effort.

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

Get the new efficient warehouse, additional trucks to obtain donations and deliver product

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

I started volunteering in 1996. First once a month, then twice a month and now at least six time a month, acting as a team coordinator for food salvage. As a volunteer supervisor I act as a bridge between the volunteers and the staff. The staff is rather small for what is done and we supervisors bridge the gap between the staff and volunteers. Physical conditions are not always the greatest and they are aware of that ... it's gotten better over the years. Achieving consistency among the volunteer supervisors can be a problem at times.

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

the teamwork and what is achieved to help so many people.

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

dedicated, motivated and fun to work with (about 98% of the time!)

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

Solve its problems with inadequate freezer storage, docking space and volunteer work areas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

I volunteered a few times at the food bank and had wonderful experiences each time. The staff is always friendly and take the time to make it clear to each volunteer how important his or her role is. We had a great time meeting other volunteers and sharing stories - it's amazing how great you feel after just a few hours of volunteering your time.

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

incredible! The staff was helpful and knowledgeable and went out of the way to make sure that each volunteer knew how important they were to the success of the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

I first volunteered as an employee of the Chicago Trbune. We would devote time as a team to help with NIFB's efforts to solve hunger issues in the area outside of Cook County. The staff and volunteer coordinators were terrific, dedicated and inspired all of us to do more. I joined the Board of Directors duirng my tenure at the Tribune. And after moving on volunteered in new ways, including "The Art of Giving". This organization is the little engine that can. With the capital campaign at hand, now is an important time to give your time, donations, contributions. It is so worth it.

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

seeing people get help at times of need.

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

All who volunteer have a shared vision about helping others better themselves.

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

Staff members are hard working, dedicated and have a can do spirit.

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

Change the face of hunger into one of empowerment for those who are helped and those who do the helping.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

I started volunteering about 5 years ago. My youngest daughter wanted to do it and we had the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of the AT&T Pioneers (SBC at the time). What I thought would be a one time thing has turned into a regular event for me and my family. We now are not just volunteers. My wife, my daughter and I have become volunteer supervisors and I have been the AT&T coordinator for the past 2 + years. We always come away with a good feeling but when we look at all the food that still needs to be processed, we realize our work is far from complete. I remember having a discussion with one of the volunteers I was supervising. She was a stay at home wife and her husband was a manager for a Fortune 500 company with a high end home in Naperville. She told me how her husband lost his job and was unable to find a job. She had to go back to work to help with household expenses and her husband was forced to take a job with a considerably lower salary then his previous job. She had never thought about volunteering. As a matter of fact, it was the furthest thing from her mind…. until her family needed to turn to a food panty for assistance to make ends meet. That humbling experience changed her point of view. They are now back on their feet and she is committed to the fight to stop hunger. It also made me reflect on how lucky I am and it also made me realize that you never know what tomorrow may bring. The fight continues and I am proud to be a soldier in the war against hunger.

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

the good feeling I have knowing that I am making a positive difference in someone’s life. I also enjoy the energy that gets generated during a shift and seeing how much the volunteers enjoy working on the various projects.

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

are always professional and committed. The staff and volunteers all have the same sense of pride and commitment in fighting hunger.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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December 10, 2009

Lisa Scott & staff were outstanding and very thorough with the orientation and assistance provided to PACF for the establishment of our partnership. NIFB is an agency who provides more than great food, they provide the resources and programming to assist with the development of other area agencies, who are giving for continued community development. We are looking forward to doing "GREAT" work in the Chicagoland community with NIFB!

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

witnessing how they conduct business as an national recognized agency.

Ways to make it better...

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

do what NIFB is doing by creating opportunities for giving and thinking BIG by relocating to a larger facility and to establish more locations globaly.

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

They operate in excellence from reception desk to warehouse logistics.

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

genuine and willing to help.

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

give to other agencies and become more visible in the local communities who are giving to make a difference in the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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

wondering if NIFB will we ever stop growing? My answer is NO!

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

keep up the GREAT work of feeding the world one person at a time!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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