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December 6, 2011

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December 6, 2011

I have volunteered with many organizations but I have never experienced such love, support and thankfulness for the little bit I do as I have at Open Arms. Where else would the head of general operations offer to bring me, a volunteer door holder at a fundraiser, a drink of water when it got hot? Where else would the head of volunteers make sure that every volunteer gets thanked by name and in person at the end of a huge, exhausting fundraiser? The staff attitude here is beyond anything I have ever experienced. That is just my experience. I am not even mentioning how well-run the organization is. In this economy, how could anyone but Open Arms raise $8.1 million for a new building, if not because everyone knows how great they are and believes so much in the mission?

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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?

Some

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

December 2, 2011

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December 2, 2011

I started delivering meals with Open Arms in high school and decided to become an intern here a few summers later; I rounded out my experience by participating in the Re/Max Results Breast Cancer Ride this past August 2011. This organization has changed the way I see society; I see hope, I see laughter, I see dedication and I see love every single day I walked into Open Arms. Their "let's figure it out" attitude has successfully impacted SO many people within and outside of the community and I am consistently astounded by the perennial work and impact created by this organization. Open Arms of Minnesota is a beautiful, life-changing, life-giving organization that has both impacted my career goals and heart.

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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?

2011

November 29, 2011

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November 29, 2011

I began volunteering at Open Arms about 5 years ago when my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her diagnosis and illness were devastating to me - we knew her cancer was terminal and, although I helped in her care, I knew that care was palliative and not curative. Volunteering at Open Arms gave me a chance to help others in a way that I knew helped in their healing. I learned from my Mom how to love cooking and feeding others, so it seemed the perfect fit. When my Mom passed away, I could not have asked for a more supportive group of people than the staff and other volunteers at Open Arms. I love my Monday morning volunteer shift in the kitchen and look forward to it every week. We sing along to the radio and swap recipes and share our lives and laugh a lot. I know my Mom is looking down on me and smiling every time she sees me working my shift

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the support and care I've received as a result of my volunteering. I have also met several people who have been clients of Open Arms and heard their stories of how much it meant to them to not have to worry about shopping or cooking for themselves or their family during a time when they needed to concentrate on healing.

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

grow it even larger to accommodate the many people who need our services.

November 29, 2011

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November 29, 2011

I have been volunteering for Open Arms for the past five years first in the building on Franklin Avenue near the Indian center and now in the beautiful state of the art building on Bloomington and 25th in Minneapolis. I volunteer twice a week- once cooking soup(chopping onions, celery, kale, cucumbers-you name it we do the prep work. I have never laughted so hard anywhere-I leave full of good cheer, having spent time with the best chefs in the world and a treasure full of volunteers-from all over the community. On Sunday I bring a teenager and we pack soup and I get to visit with a great group of college kids and cassie and Sarah who are the best directors of traffic you can imagine.
This is the place to come when you need a boost to your spirits and you will be quaranteed a hug from all sorts of folks.
And Open Arms is now partnered with an Organic Farm in Belle Plaine and I weeded on the farm this past summer. The farm provided 20,000 lbs of produce and our clients were thrilled with farm fresh everything!
There is nothing that needs improvement0it is the best!

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I am a volunteer and I personally experienced the thrill of cooking, packing and delivering healthy delicious food for those who cannot provide such meals for themselves

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

Change nothing

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I have been a volunteer and donor with Open Arms of Minnesota for almost 15 years. What keeps me coming back is the wonderful mission of Open Arms-feed both body and soul. The organization is grassroots and very connected to the community and the families they help. We bring our children to help volunteer and the staff is warm and caring. The people we bring food to are so grateful and sometimes we are the only caring person they see. Giving your time and effort to this group truly makes a difference.

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

So many ways. Open Arms appreciates any time and effort you can give. Their clients are provided delicious, nourishing food with a smile!

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

Expand their outreach to schools and get local students involved.

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

I love volunteering at Open Arms because the agency is delivering such valuable services in such a professional manner. The staff is well trained in proper food handling and takes the time to train volunteers as well. I always feel that my time is valued when I am at Open Arms. Tasks are assigned and thoroughly explained so I feel like I am making maximum use of my time. I always feel energized when I complete my shift at Open arms.

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

I am uplifted by participating in the care and professionalism with which food is prepared and delivered.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase funding.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

I first learned about Open Arms MN when a friend and I visited their new facility during their grand opening. I was impressed with their staff and mission statement and decided to apply for a volunteer position. I've been a volunteer since the summer of 2010, and I could not be more satisfied with my experience with Open Arms MN. The staff is sassy and friendly, and the clients are polite and charming. Whether it be on the busy mornings preparing weekly food packages for delivery, or on the afternoons helping out with phone calls at the front desk, I would always leave Open Arms with a feeling of charity, joy, and optimism. Be they potential clients, volunteers, or donors, I recommend Open Arms MN to all!

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I recall a phone call from a client who had just started receiving our services. Through a choked-up voice, she delivered a tearful 'thank you' to me and Open Arms for all we had done to help her. She could not believe the quality of service and food that we provided. I was touched with her account, and it reminded me of how much our client's appreciate the hard work of our staff and volunteers.

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

I would consider opening up the kitchen to the public. Not only is most of the food organic and/or natural, it's also DELICIOUS! (Most donors aren't aware of how varied and scrumptious the weekly menu is at Open Arms!) I think having an Open Arms restaurant would be a great way to increase visibility in the community as well as help raise some funds.

November 16, 2010

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November 16, 2010

I've enjoyed my experience volunteering at Open Arms MN so much I recommend it to everyone! The staff and clients are wonderfully friendly and diverse. The organization beautifully balances efficient production and delivery with tailored meals to each client based on their interests, culture and health needs. And I am delightfully appreciated each time I step in the door, which means a lot considering I am unable to financially contribute to this well deserving outfit. I am thrilled to be apart of Open Arms MN and the innovative ways they serve the community and promote a healthy environment for all residents.

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

my experience greeting guests, answering the phone and delivering meals to clients. Open Arms does more than provide needed nutrition, they provide a supportive, respectful and healthy environment for all community members.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people to volunteer!

November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Open Arms MN is an exciting, fun, effective, and thoughtful organization that provides critical services to people who are very much in need. In 2009 alone, OA prepared and delivered over 300,000 meals! It is highly organized, accessible to volunteers, friendly, and fun. I'm hooked. It's an important part of each week for me. Also, I observe that the management team and other staff are highly cost conscious and efficient, ensuring that donations (time and money) are spent with care.

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

working in the kitchen: I prepare and package meals, and from time to time people come in and since I'm working near the front door, they engage me in a conversation in which they passionately offer their thanks for the help they or their family has received. I volunteer at OA knowing that it's effective and far-reaching.

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more time there :)

November 13, 2010

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November 13, 2010

From my first meeting with Open Arms, I knew this was an organization worth giving my time and money to support. What they do is so simple, yet so critical. They provide nutritious meals to people who are living with a chronic or life threatening disease. And when you deliver the meals, you truly understand how important this work is - and how much it is appreciated. I am honored to be able to give back to Open Arms through a number of committees. Having worked on committees for other nonprofits, I am always impressed by how the staff works with the volunteers. They are so respectful of peoples time and are careful to make sure they never ask too much of any individual. With other groups, I always felt like they were always trying to get more out of me. With Open Arms, I know that they are truly grateful any time I offer to help and that always makes me want to give more.

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

You know Open Arms is doing great work when you have the opportunity to meet the people they serve. Their heartfelt gratitude towards the organizations and the volunteers shows just how much of an impact Open Arms is making in their life.

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

I wouldn't change a thing. Not to say that they are perfect, but it's a well oiled machine.

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cook, bake and deliver meals, as well as plant, nurture and harvest food at our 2-acre organic farm. Volunteers love working with us because it is fun, meaningful, and they can immediately see and feel the impact of their work. Volunteer