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October 16, 2013
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March 7, 2013

In June, 2011, after retiring from a career teaching elementary school, I wanted to find a meaningful way to define a new purpose for myself. I attended an orientation for volunteers at Sacramento Foo... more

October 16, 2013
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As an ongoing volunteer for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, I continue to be impressed with the programs this nonprofit offers to clients. While I am most involved in the adult education program, I am in awe of the parenting programs, the language programs, the clothing program, and the gardening program. Clients are not given a handout. They are given a hand up. Not only can clients receive healthy food options, but they can learn how to grow and prepare fruits and vegetables.
Clients in need of employment can seek assistance with resume preparation, and attend job fairs at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Probably, one of the most impressive things I have witnessed is former clients who have been successful, who have returned to SFBFS to volunteer. That says volumes for this nonprofit!

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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?

2013

March 7, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

In June, 2011, after retiring from a career teaching elementary school, I wanted to find a meaningful way to define a new purpose for myself. I attended an orientation for volunteers at Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services. After learning about the multitude of services offered to the community, I realized they are so much more than just a food bank.
While Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services does distribute food and clothing to families in need, they also provide other services that assist families in learning new skills through adult education, including resume writing and computer skills. These newly acquired skills help clients of SFBFS get a job and become self sufficient. In addition, child/play care, and after school tutoring programs provide a safe and supervised place for students to stay and complete schoolwork when their parents are still working, or are involved in attending SFBFS programs
The mission statement of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is: “Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is dedicated to assisting those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self sufficiency and financial independence.”
That statement, along with the stated core values of SFB&FS: “COMMUNITY * INTEGRITY * COMPASSION,” convinced me to step up and volunteer.
I was initially placed as an assistant in the adult technology education program. At the end of the class, I was asked to step in to the instructor role, teaching an
adult technology class.
This work is important to me because I understand the need to have computer skills for nearly any job in the 21st century. Many of the adults served by SFB&FS do not own a computer and do not have the most basic of computer skills. In order to complete a resume or apply for a job they must acquire these skills. Since I do have computer skills, and I am a teacher, it is a perfect fit. I am reminded of the old saying that, “If you give a man a fish, he can eat for a day. But if you teach that man to fish, he can eat for a lifetime.“
SFB&FS has a small number of paid employees who are responsible for creating programs, managing programs and volunteers, and deciding how donations are used. However, the face of the organization is the 4,000+ volunteers who make it all happen. The programs, classes and programs are only as good as those
who step up and say, "I can help!" I am proud to be a part of Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.

Respectfully submitted,
Bette Simpson

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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?

2013

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