Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
February 23, 2011
My name is Katy Wright & I have been volunteering in the dining room in Oakland for almost three years now. When I first started, I always stayed behind the counter, because the "clients" kind of scared me. Then one day, I saw the person who was handing out the trays hassle some of the people about coming through the line more than once. Some altercations ensued. I was so appalled at this, that I decided to start handing out the trays. I felt it was importatnt to greet each person who came through the door with dignity & a smile. Now, I can't imagine doing anything else. I look forward to seeing our clients & have developed a rapport with many of them. This experience has been very rewarding for me on many levels. The staff at St vincent's are dedicated, professional, personable & supportive. I'm very happy to be involved with this organization & feel that we are doing something extremely valuable for the community.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing how much the patrons appreciate the food offered & how they respond so favorably to a kind word. I appreciate the staff & all of the volunteers who work so hard & tirelessly to serve the community.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I don't know how to improve it.
Volunteer & I volunteer weekly in the dining room.
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