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July 10, 2012

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July 10, 2012

I volunteered with Sacred Heart for their La Mesa Verde project. La Mesa Verde builds urban vegetable gardens for families that were already receiving Sacred Hearts food donation services. This allows families to have easy access to fresh nutritious food and reduce their dependance and some of the expense of donating foods. After about an hour of training, I went with one other volunteer to a family's house, and the two of us along with the husband and wife of the house together built two gardens on their property including a drip irrigation system. They were pretty impressive gardens and I would've love to have had one myself. The family was very appreciative and it was a wonderful experience.

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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?

A lot

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

October 17, 2008

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October 17, 2008

Sacred Heart Community Service is a wonderful organization. The breadth of services that they provide to the community is amazing. They really understand that in order for people to improve their own lives, they need to have their basic needs met, so they provide for peoples’ basic needs with food and clothing. But they also help people help themselves by providing job search assistance, housing assistance, computer classes, ESL classes, an after school program and case management. And they don’t charge the customer for anything. But just as important as the assistance that they provide, is the fact that they really make a concerted effort to treat the people that they serve in a dignified manner and without judgment. I work in the pantry handing out groceries. I am always truly touched when the customers say to me, “God bless you.” It is those instances that I reminded just how much the work that we are doing is needed, and how much it is appreciated. I feel really blessed to be able to help people in this way. It is how I personally put my faith into action and it makes me feel really connected to the people of San Jose.

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

The faces of the people that we serve. I also know that many customers are able to make lasting changes in their lives as a result of the help that they get at Sacred Heart eliminating their need for further assistance.

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

The connection that I have made with the working poor of San Jose and having an opportunity to act on my faith.

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

Amazing! Chad and others in the Pantry are totally committed to the work done at Sacred Heart, and to providing a safe place for people to come to get their basic needs met.

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

Eliminate poverty in Santa Clara County.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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