My Nonprofit Reviews
Cami Domingo Miller
Review for FOOD FINDERS INC, Long Beach, CA, USA
My friend Sheryl Worley introduced me to Food Finders in 2007 and started assisting her in her rounds. It was also at this time that I was doing Bible College and needed a practical ministry involvement. Food Finders came to mind. After the usual procedural steps, I was assigned a store and the places for drop off. There began my weekly journey of pickup and drop offs.
At first I only had one or two places for drop off but as provision would multiply, I would also receive more recipients. I was dropping off supply at food banks, community outreaches such as soup kitchen, different non-profit organizations or ministries serving the impoverished. It all depended on how much supply there was that day.
The work was very fulfilling that instead of stopping once my practical ministry classes were over and hours fulfilled, I continued on and on and on. It became a way of life. Volunteering became addictive that I added more volunteer work into my daily routine.
I had so much joy seeing faces light up when they receive free food or other services. Soon, casual relationships began deepening into real friendships. One kind act would snowball and duplicate itself.
Within two years the supply grew and drop off recipients multiplied. Two hours became 4 or 5 sometimes, depending on the bulk. I would also be called to cover for someone else, and I would oblige. Because of abundant supply and provision from others, another group of recipients developed: mothers with children and those temporarily out of work. Many from that group moved from being recipients to being volunteer helpers and who then gave back to others as they recovered financially.
The work was growing. It was at this time that my husband and I started involving others in the ministry that we were part of (Walking With Jesus Ministry CA). We were also able to bring in two other non-profit and religious organizations to help out as volunteers and also be the recipients so that the food can be distributed to the less fortunate in their churches.
We served three years and some months as volunteers until we recently moved away from the Southern California area. We miss the precious times of serving and the relationships and friendships that have been built. BUT, we hope we can serve alongside Food Finders again in the future. Maybe a WA State office can be established? ;-)
We will always treasure and carry in our hearts the joy of knowing that we are and were part of a common good.
We thank Sheryl Worley, my dearest friend who is now in New Mexico, for having invited me to serve with her!
We thank Food Finders, most especially, for having given us that opportunity to serve alongside them. What they do is life-saving!
For Ken and Cami Miller
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Not for me but for the organization: bigger funding to avail bigger space, more vehicles, maybe add pilot offices in other districts so that wider areas can be covered. There is a need for more of this kind of service organization that truly deliver their mission statement.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Yes, see review
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