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Other Options, Inc.
November 23, 2010

I've been involved with Other Options Inc/Friends Food Pantry (OOI/FFP) over the past 4 yrs after retiring after 20 yrs from the USAF/military. With more free time in the evenings and weekends, I have been enlightened working with the many volunteers and board members of this organization and seeing the fruits of our labor in the grateful eyes & smiles of the clients as they shop at the food pantry on Sat/Mon or when we deliver the food on Mondays as well as during the Thanksgiving meal deliveries as well as when they pick up their Christmas toiletry & gift baskets. It's truly a blessing getting to witness the board members and volunteers within the community get together as a team and work the fundraising events just to see us be able to support OOI/FFP serve its mission. Getting to know and work with Cookie Arbuckle, who had the passion, heart and wherewithall to start this great organization in helping the clients, was truly an honor -- I hope to be able to help continue her legacy for many more years.

The Great!

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

volunteering and as a board member in Fundraising events--helped organize, coordinate, create auction items, helped pickup, unload donated foodstuffs and good clothing/household items for clients, helped itemize, do up charitable donation receipts, participated and fully supported fundraising events and OOI/FFP Thanksgiving & Christmas events

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

love to see us able to help/assist in many other ways, like regular hot meals for our clients and bedfast/homebound clients. Expanding with a kitchen and/or just more floorspace for more donated household stuff/clothing/coats for our clients...

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Regularly volunteer during food pantry hours on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings whenever available over the past 4 yrs, helping stock shelves, pack frozen &/or produce foods for clients, unload Food Bank truck on Fridays when I'm not at my full time.