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INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK
March 25, 2010

About 10 years ago, I saw an article for an INN town meeting asking if anyone had interest in helping the local soup kitchen. The kitchen was down to about $100 in the account at since it feeds 50-100 people five days a week, it was a very difficult time and was in danger of closing. Since I had volunteered for the local homeless shelter for years, I thought I could help. Since that time, I have had the chance to meet many of the great people at INN. Jean Kelly, the president, is truly a saint and incredibly wonderful person, and it seems the staff she chooses to work at the INN follow her lead and are dedicated and kind as well. I have never met a group of people with such high integrity, honesty and true caring. The reason the organization works is that their staff has a passion for their cause - helping hungry and homeless people with dignity. It is the most basic need they provide and they do an amzing job of not only giving their "Guests" a hot meal, but also kind words, and hope because they show someone cared. To date, I continue to fundraise for The Welcome INN, one of the organization's soup kitchens in Port Jefferson, and feel truly blessed to be among 75 of the kindest people who volunteer their time and energy to continue to care for our area's poor and hungry.

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

seeing people who have nothing, come together and feel cared for by an organization that not only feeds them, but is a source of support as well.

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

knowing I helped make a difference in the lives of so many.

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

Board members, soup kitchen volunteers that shop, prepare food, cook, serve, clean up.

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

Build temporary housing for those in need, provide more social services for homeless.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to actually serve the guests. Since I am a single parent, I always choose to just do speaking engagements but the few times I was able to, it left me so gratified.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the tough economic climate causing lack of donations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I help with Fundraising. I have speaking engagements with business organizations in the area and speak to congregations about hunger in my area.