What can I say about Other Options but "Thank You". I have never seen or even heard of any other program like yours. In one word, "AMAZING!". Not only do you help out with the nutritional needs of so many people your volunteers are the best. While there I sat and watched how they listen to the clients, encourage them, give advise on not only cooking techniques and ideas, but they give SMILES. I watched many a person walk through the doors down, confused and/or scared. What your volunteers do is incredible! By the time the people leave you have energized them to keep going and to not give up or give in to the sickness. Please keep up the hard work and thank you for all that you do.
At Other Option, I felt as welcome as the clients. The staff and other volunteers helped me to find opportunities to be useful and fulfilled in every task I was given. I really appreciated that I could work alone stocking shelves or working along side other volunteers on special projects or directly with clients. The flexibility suited me perfectly. Volunteers, staff and clients all made me if they were my second family.
I have been affiliated with Other Options for more than 20 years as an advocate, supporter and volunteer. In the last two years I have become more involved and now serve on the board. I can't tell you how much gratitude I feel by helping in the small part that I do. This organization helps so many people with their food pantry and so many other services they provide, primarily for HIV & AIDS patients. Many people discriminate against these groups, but what people don't realize is that there are children and families that we help on a daily basis. Many people and families are affected by this disease. People tend to judge and they shouldn't.
I have volunteered at Other Options for over three years. It is a wonderful organization that provides so much to our community. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful group.