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Committee on the Shelterless
April 11, 2011

I was introduced to Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) by a neighbor when we first moved to Petaluma. My relationship with COTS began simply by me dropping off donations. I then inquired about the food service program, because I could see they had a kitchen on site that was serving meals to the local residents. I offered to volunteer at the kitchen one day a week. I loved the experinece so much, I kept going. It's been over two years now. And I still love it just as if it was my first week volunteering. The Petaluma Kitchen staff make everyone feel welcomed. When I was laid off, I found the volunteering rewarding and it helped me get out of the house and be part of my community. I felt needed and respected.

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After being laid off, I was so happy there was a safe place to go to get a warm meal. And volunteering helped me feel like I was giving back. Contributing. Not getting a "hand-out."

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

I would encourage our local government to support the kitchen in having the needed equipment, supplies and staffing to expand the services. The need is growing.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & volunteered at the Petaluma Kitchen .