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Open Arms of Minnesota
October 16, 2012

I was a client served and a volunteer. In September 2006 I had signed up for orientation as a volunteer for Open Arms through a recommendation by a friend of mine. Before I was able to attend I was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I called and cancelled the orientation. At that time they said that they not only served HIV, MS and ALS patients but also breast cancer patients and that my sons and I would be able to receive meals during treatment at no charge. I thought that was very generous but probably wouldn't need it. Between my first and second round of chemo I realized that it would probably be a good idea. It was such a lifesaver for me! I worked throughout my treatment except for the day of chemo and was exhausted. When I came through all that my son and I rode in the inaugural Breast Cancer Ride in which Open Arms was a beneficiary and then started volunteering in the kitchen and delivering meals. I try to get together with my two sons and deliver meals the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas as a way of giving back and showing our thanks. I am proud to be associated with Open Arms!!!!

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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?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Open Arms of Minnesota
December 6, 2011

I have done volunteer work throughout my life. When my sons were in school I served as a volunteer in various areas. The fall of 2006 I had time to volunteer for something else. A coworker suggested Open Arms and I set up an appointment for orientation. A few weeks later I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and had to call to cancel/postpone my volunteering. I was told that Open Arms now helped Breast Cancer patients too and if I was interested I could receive meals. I said thanks, but didn't think I would need it. After surgery, my treatment consisted of three months of chemotherapy followed by three months of radiation. I worked throughout my treatment(taking the days off of chemo). I became more and more exhausted--so much so that while grocery shopping at Cub someone came over to bag my groceries. At that point I knew it was time to ask for help, so I called Open Arms and they started delivering weekly meals for myself and my two sons. The volunteer would bring the meals to me at work and it was a lifesaver!!! It was hard to ask for help, but I am so glad that I did! The following year was the inaugural Breast Cancer Bike Ride. My son Matt and I participated in the ride and volunteering raising money for Open Arms. Three months later I began volunteering in the bakery and did that for a few years. For that past few years my sons Matt and Sean helped deliver meals during the holidays--it was a great family experience! My Open Arms experience has come full circle and I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of it! I guess my role is client/fundraiser/volunteer.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer