Other Options, Inc.
November 23, 2010
I have been a board member for over two years now and am continually amazed at what this organization can generate in terms of benefits for the people who need them, and in the role of getting the community excited about helping. Cookie and Mary Arbuckle are pioneers for helping in this local community.
My first experience with them, before becoming a board member was when I showed up to volunteer during 'Day without a Gay', an annual event to bring awareness to the fight for marriage equality. I decided to help that day, instead of hanging out at a bar drinking with the other gays. We arrived at Other Options Inc/Friends Food Pantry and were asked to help move and clear out stock items, as well as sort through donations for Christmas baskets. We finished early, and Mary Arbuckle called and found another charity in town that we could go and assist at. It was such a great experience that when I was asked to join the board I immediately knew it was an organization I wanted to be a part of.
I'm very proud of what this organization's role is in the community, and to be part of it gives me far more than the help we are able to supply for those in need. This organization generates more than food, medications, clothing, gifts...it generates love and friendships within the community. And no matter how much money we have produced to fund feeding those in need we will always be very rich in life.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Through the various benefits, AIDS walks, Pride Parades, and other events, I've seen the once scarce account balance of OOI/FFP grow into something substantial that can now support more and more people in need. The numbers of people in need have been growing in this community, and this organization, even in national economic downturn, has been able to grow and supply to those growing numbers of people in need.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
As a board member, any changes to the organization that need to be made, we try and make. It is a slow process. I would love to give the pantry a larger and more easily accessible facility.
Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?
How much of an impact do you think this organization has?
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What is this organization's top short-term priority?
A new location to house the growing number of friends in need.
What is its top priority in the long run?
To make certain that no one in need is turned away.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & First volunteered, then raised money for, then became a board member. I now help with entertainment for benefit events for the organization.