All of the employees at Bean’s Café & The children’s lunchbox are committed to helping the most Varuable individuals in our society. They show them respect and kindness giving them a safe place for the day and food. I’m thankful for this nonprofit!
In October I left my full time job and decided to work at Beans Café. I ended up working everyday from 7-12 for two months straight, it was the best experience ever! since then my family and I make it a regular time at least one Saturday of the month and on holidays. The staff is amazing and very welcoming, I have been able to do an array of tasks and learned many skills that I never thought I needed. My teenage children also enjoy it and have learn much from the experience. We are grateful for the opportunity and happy to continue our tradition. I could not imagine doing anything else!
I will be writing in behalf of my son, Gabe. Gabe started volunteering at The Children's Lunch Box in 2014. As a mother of a special needs child, I was simply looking for a way to keep him busy during summer and be productive some way in the community. I was anxious on how he will adjust to a new environment and how the staff will receive him.
From the very first day he stepped into the building I knew he was warmed by the hospitality and acceptance of staff. It was reassuring for me and eased my anxiety. I know in his heart he is motivated to do his best and with the limited spoken language he has...his attitude was effusive of pride in his productive day.
The next summer, TCLB transferred to another office and this time...he looked forward almost everyday to work at the Cold Kitchen...donning his apron and hairnet, packing vegetables into ziplock bags, snacks in brown bags...He would excitedly tell me..."My day is good mom!! I ziplock carrots and celery! " His work and the staff brought him joy that prompted him to express to me how happy his day went. His volunteer hours increased so much so...he earned Presidents Volunteer Award. The attendance of his supervisor ,Ginger touched us deeply..
Last summer, TCLB transferred to its current location. His wonderful supervisor, Carl assigned him other jobs-packing burritos, making sandwiches...I saw his pride in his work! I can sense he is also able to realize what he is capable of and gain his self-worth as well.
I cannot imagine his life without summers at TCLB. He will probably be more isolated, have less self-worth and more shy about himself- the stigma of a special needs child, that expectations are limited by the label.
To The Children's Lunch Box staff...if Gabe can only speak understandably...I am sure he will give you his biggest smile and a heartfelt thanks for accepting him as he is and seeing his strengths as a volunteer!! You are all priceless to him....see you this summer!
As a volunteer I think the Children's Lunchbox does an exceptional job at providing healthy meals to children in need. Again as a voluren's Lunchbox it would be helpful if they were able to have their knifes sharpened on a regular basis which would make good safer and
I LOVE volunteering for Beans Cafe! Zach does a great job organizing and getting current information out. The time always flies by because everyone is so nice and I feel like I have really helped our community out afterwards.
Our church has been involved with Bean's Café for a while - sending mission teams to serve in the summer, sending our small groups to serve breakfast once a month, or leading a weekly prayer group for the clients. The staff from security, to desk to kitchen is all simply amazing. They love what they do and it shows in their interactions with clients as well as volunteers. Bean's Café has such a positive impact - we truly value them as a member of the Anchorage community.
I volunteer for the children's lunch box. I think they are doing very well. I just wish they had a bigger sign on the building.
A couple of my coworkers and I get to spend every Wednesday morning at Bean's helping walk the floor and spend time with clients. It's amazing to see the compassion that the organization has for the homeless and those who have been knocked down by life. It humbles me and resets my perspective every time I'm there.
I have volunteered for Beans Café, Inc and The Children's Lunchbox many of times, even bringing my children along to assist. Beans Café, Inc has been so helpful in the community and extremely kind and courteous to those that volunteer their time. This place is a staple in the community. The staff is always welcoming, friendly and appreciative.
Beans workers are amazing helpful and kind. I think they could only improve with additional resources.
I have had the great fortune to serve at Bean’s on two separate mission trips, in March 2016 and in March 2018. It was an absolute blessing. The way that the staff strives to love and serve their clients and all the volunteers was inspiring and wonderful to witness. They incorporated the volunteer workers very effectively, and conducted the kitchen in a professional manner, maintaining a high level of quality in everything they did. The services they provide are also much needed and much appreciated by the local homeless population. I have no complaints, and nothing but respect for the staff. I hope to go back again!
I had the priviledge of working here for a week on a mission trip in March. I was so impressed with the care that the chefs put into the food, and how much they care that it’s done really well and that the kitchen is kept clean. They were so great to the volunteers and made sure that we were taken care of all the time. We were all so excited to go back every day and serve here. I felt safe, cared for, and had an absolute blast serving the clients there. It was so encouraging to see people care so much about those who society doesn’t care for well.
My first time serving with Bean's Cafe was on Christmas Day 2017. I was still new to Anchorage, but I knew that I wanted to serve the hardest hit communities. Bean's Cafe was that avenue for me to make an immediate impact. I hadn't signed up that day, and even though they had a surplus of volunteers already, they took me in. Zach, the volunteer coordinator, is a positive, "can do" type and awesome to work with. But then again, so is everyone at Bean's Cafe. They never waste a second of volunteer time, but they also respect the time blocks that you sign up for. They listen to you when you speak, and are genuinely concerned in your well being like they are with the community that they serve. To boot, they serve food that looks to be top quality even though their tables and seats are completely full. I highly recommend Bean's Cafe to any and all.
My family & a few young friends have helped serve the Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinners that Beans Café serves to hundreds of people needing a helping hand in Anchorage. They do it with a great staff that provides direction & help for the volunteers and keep everything very orderly. We've also helped several times to serve breakfast - it's a great service that is offered to many, many people.
Amazingly well organized opportunity for managing the flow of volunteers, both client volunteers and community volunteers. The cleanliness, efficiency and friendliness of the staff is top notch. Beans fills a community need delivering services with compassion, accountability and practicality.
As a board member in my opinion they are a five star nonprofit! Always helping our clients with respect and dignity . The team at Bean’s Cafe and the Children’s Lunch Box Is none other than extraordinary!! Helping provide a hot meal and a safe day shelter. I’m proud to be a part of this great community in which Bean’s plays a big part in.
I’ve been volunteering for a number of years during the breakfast meal. It has given me a new perspective on homelessness and people in need. Much different than what I had thought. The Beans staff is caring and compassionate and it shows watching their interactions with clients. My volunteering has caught on at my place of employment and now there is a group from my work that has a set time once a month to volunteer.
I was thoroughly impressed with the gentlemen that helped us deliver lunch to over 350 people. They weren't expecting that many people that day and when we ran out of something, they moved on to plan B, and then plan C when we ran out of that! No one was turned away, and food was not wasted because we had too much out. I definitely would recommend people to volunteer here. I felt welcome and needed. Thanks guys!