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Laura M.

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Self Help and Resource Exchange of Northern California, Inc.
April 20, 2011

Used SHARE when I was freshly divorced with a small child. I loved the feature that they required volunteer work, which we had been doing anyway. At the distributions, we went early to help load the boxes. My five year old was able to be the "box getter," bringing empty cardboard boxes as the other volunteers needed more. It was a fun group activity, and she was impressed with how fast the group got all the boxes ready to go working together.
She still has a good work ethic.
The meat selections were kind of nasty (hence four stars) but the vegetarian pack was good.
When my daughter got older, we went to the warehouse to pack bags. "Okay now, we're doing oranges, put six in each bag, now the potatoes are coming..." At the warehouse, nice church ladies served hot soup or chili to the volunteers and it was a nice (cheap) social experience for us.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes!

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a volunteer to make them a website. I happened on them by luck, but they don't seem to have exist online, except for some dead links. I like that they focus on their mission, rather than on marketing, and that's good, but isn't web hosting pretty cheap these days? Even a facebook page would do it.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Can't remember, it could have been an article in the Woodland Democrat, as we were living in Woodland, CA at the time.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Encouraged volunteering, gave me an opportunity to volunteer with my child, inspired some of the first freelance writing for which I got paid. While I am not a writer now, having sold some writing didn't hurt my resume any when I was looking for work after my divorce. The people were very nice, upbeat folks. At the time I met them, I really needed some friendliness

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

MY ROLE:
Client Served & packed groceries/ got cheap groceries and a good volunteering opportunity to work with my child/ got inspiration for some of my first paid freelance writing! Sold "Volunteering: It's Fun for Kids" to Northern California Kids and "Selfish Reasons to Volun.