My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Oakland, CA, USA
I am Judy Lockhart, a second-generation volunteer at the free dining room in Oakland. My parents both worked in the dining room well into their senior years.
The staff at the Oakland dining room treats every guest with respect and warm regards. This past Sunday, we served 1,023 plates over the lunch hour. Both the management and volunteer team members work in harmony every day to offer a balanced meal, a smile and a warm welcome to each person in need who comes through the dining room doors.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to assist at the dining room and look forward to my volunteer time there.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing how the guests appreciate the daily meals served and the level of warmth and welcome they are met with upon every visit to the dining room. The comraderie among the volunteer staff, as well as with the management staff and the food prep crew, is very enjoyable.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
N.A. -- I am not aware of any changes that would improve the services provided by the dining room.
Judy, thank you for sharing your experience and history with us! Volunteers like yourself are the lifeblood of our organization - thank you for helping us help others. We appreciate all that you do!