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32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to be coming to the Community Kitchen once a month for two years now through my employment at Whole Foods Market. I get to work with dedicated, hard working staff and wonderful other volunteers. It is one of our core values at Whole Foods to support our community. This is a beautiful opportunity to give back to those less fortunate as myself. It is my pleasure to be a part of this once a month., and will continue to do so, and encourage others to do so.
It is a true blessing to work with everyone here and help others at the same time.
Bill Anderson
Whole Foods Market

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As part of our Nationwide Financial Executive Assistants group, I was happy to volunteer on September 11 at our local Soup Kitchen located on Ohio Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. It was evident that Eric, the chef, had a great amount of culinary expertise. He was professional and provided us with instructions as we served breakfast, then helped prepare and serve lunch. I was suprised by the hearty lunch that was provided. It's apparent that Carol Trowbridge Neubauer (Pres/CEO) and her staff has great relationships with our local food bank and restaurants who provide the kitchen with the items necessary for meal preparation. The Soup Kitchen provides a great service to those in need and they should be commended for their work that benefits so many in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Our group of Nationwide Financial Admistrative Assistants volunteerd at the Soup Kitchen as part of a team building experience combined with business meeting held at the facility. We found that the staff was very accomodating, professional and sincere. We assisted serving breakfast and helped prepare and then serve lunch. Eric, the Chef, was very patient with our large group and kept us all very active and engaged. Along the way he passed along very valuable information to individuals who asked as a group collectively. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience to be able to help such a great cause to feed the people. Carol Trowbridge Neubauer spent about 30 minutes with our group in our meeting detailing the purpose and goals of the Community Soup Kitchen. Very informative and well presented. Great Non-Profit for Central Ohio, one which needs to be recognized and appreciated!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Our group volunteered in the kitchen and had an excellent experience working with Eric. It was so organized and well run. He knows how to handle every situation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We worked in the kitchen with Chef Eric. It was amazing at how efficient and well run the Community Kitchen is. Everyhing is on a timed schedule and it runs smoothly. The food looked delicious and well balanced. Everything is fresh and made from scratch and I believe the clients appreciated it. Everyone showed each client the utmost respect and dignity.

The clients seemed to have great respect for Chef Eric. The clients sat in the dining room talking to each other and watched us prepare noon meal. I believe they truly appreciated that people go to so much work just to let them have hot, home cooked food.

It was an experience that I will never forget. Carol Trowbridge Neubaurer's passion for her work came through during her presentation and it was inspiring; find a cause you are passionate about and then work at it to the best of your ability and resources.

Excellent experience!

Nina P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Community Kitchen is not well known from a philanthropic standpoint and needs a lot more in the way of donations--food, supplies, crafts and games. I volunteer on Wednesday evenings which is family dinner. Parents and children are welcomed with open arms and no registration or referral required. A hot meal is served and volunteers do crafts and play games with the children. Donated books are available for them to take home. I see middle school and high school boys and girls sitting together playing board games after dinner, children making crafts and girls playing hool-a-hoop. The evening ends too quickly for most of the kids. The Community Kitchen also serves breakfast and lunch. They have been giving out school supplies and these children are thrilled to receive even the smallest treat. They are so grateful and never ask for anything that isn't already provided. Sometimes the cook has to put together a meal with very sparse resources. They are not currently receiving help from United Way but are trying to and need the help. The few paid staff members have a dedication that is remarkable but volunteers are always needed.

Eddie4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as part of a volunteer day that my coworker who is a parishoner at Saint John set up. It was truely a great experience to get to work with the Community Kitchen. They are a small group of people that are working hard to do great things will very little resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a parishioner of Holy Rosary Saint John Parish. I set up a Volunteer day for My Sales Team. I work for Astellas Pharmaceuticals. My Manager and none others worked at the Community Kitchen July 12. They are extremely Professional and organized down to a science. What I like most is that is is not just about feeding people. They embrace people being able to watch television in a safe haven and The Children are a Priority. Children get blue trays and all the food served. THEY ARE SPECIAL. I plan to volunteer again and bring my 19 yr old son he has also helped out several years ago. keep up the Excellent Work Community Kitchen Staff. it is very clean!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see everyone being treating as if they are the most important person. Workers and volunteers treat each client with dignity. Clients respond with thank yous. Food and toiletries are an addition to the dignity each receives.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Recently I had the pleasure to take a group of peers to volunteer with me at CKI. This was my first time volunteering however you never really know until you're immersed in it and see first hand the effect that this tiny building is giving to all who enter. Each person regardless of if it's their first time or 50th is treated with respect and dignity. No questions asked no excuses needed just a place to get a meal, meet a friend, partake in the multiple resources and find a little bit of solace in an ever increasing difficult world, Although we worked hard it was clear that we made a difference that day. Each person felt the gratitude of the staff and volunteers of CKI along with that of the guest. If you're looking for an opportunity to feel needed, or to give back, or to pay it forward or simply to find an appreciation for your own good fortune make sure to put CKI on your list of "must do's" !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Community Kitchen for the past eight years. Their mission is clear - we feed hungry people. We don't ask why the guests are there. We assume they are hungry and so we feed them.

My weekly volunteer time there is a highlight of my week. I appreciate the opportunity to help feed the hungry.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic group of people to work with. They are truly a family and really care about the people that they feed on a daily basis. I was happy to be able to help out and look forward to getting back soon to volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the honor to volunteer there, and the staff is wonderful and generous. What a great group of people, united for a common goal, helping others. Thanks for allowing me to be a part this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at the Community Kitchen with a group of ladies from my parish. We look forward to going to CK to help with prep and serving of lunch. The staff is always welcoming, kind and helpful. This organization provides wonderful meals and services for those who need it. Those who come to the CK are made to feel welcome and treated with respect. It is great to know that there is a place out there where people who are hungry can come in with no questions asked and receive a meal prepared and served by kind and loving people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place to volunteer as I have found in my over 5 years with it. They are a very caring and loving bunch of staff people who have done wonders over last few years , especially last two. It is so nice to be able to help in the making of a meal, in cleaning up, in serving, and in general any thing which required a hand. I love it! The Kitchen has shown real heart and soul and hard work in expanding its services to two meals a day, two locations, and modernizing its facilities. I say, go CK!

Donor

Rating: 5

Community Shares is pleased to represent Community Kitchen Inc (CKI) as one of our member charities when appealing to employees in workplace giving campaigns. Volunteers, staff, and supporters are passionate in serving as many meals to hungry people as possible while also assisting them with the additional needs they have. It is this commitment to full service for their recipients that helps CKI stand out from others. Staff of CKI is very attentive to making sure that CKI meets the criteria for membership in Community Shares and collaborates with Community Shares to ensure both of us succeed together.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have, in my 4 years with Community Kitchen, Inc., saw the Director, the Operations Superintendent, and the Admin Assistant, give so much of there time to get all kinds of help with the Clients, (Ie), food, clothing, bus passes, feeding in the dining hall, helping struggling with mental relapses, just by talking to them and comforting them, providing someone to talk to. I cannot say enough for these folks who run Community Kitchen, in regards to loving those who are unfortunate, hungry, sick and wanting some one to talk to. Especially the love shown to the children who pass thru the Community Kitchen. I enjoy being in this volunteer position at Community Kitchen, because I enjoy helping these Clients also. Community Kitchen has been also good to me.

Donor

Rating: 5

Have helped fund various needs at the Community Kitchen and have always found them to be wonderful stewards of our funds. Their needs are very well thought out and they are a very efficiently run organization and certainly fill a very needed niche in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Community Kitchen and I can truly say they do an excellent job of preparing well-balanced and good meals for the diners. All are welcome, no questions asked and are treated with respect. The staff is like a family and their mission is to feed the less fortunate in the area and do it well in a vry clean environment. I am proud to say "I am a volunteerer at CKI"

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Community Kitchen for 10 years by volunteering and being on the Board of Directors. Many postive strides have been made over the course of this time specifically with the quality of staff and with the diversity/skill sets of the Board. The Community Kitchen provides a safe/welcoming environment for their clients to enjoy a meal and one another. Columbus is blessed to have such a place to assist those that are less fortunate. This would not be possible without the leaderhip of the Executive Director & Board , support of volunteers, local businesses & individual donors ever mindful that we are here to seve not to be served.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Community Kitchen provides meal and other services to some of Columbus' most at-risk individuals and families. Now in its 35th year of operation, Community Kitchen has a reputation of providing a welcoming environment for its customes. With its 'no questions asked' policy for meal service, anyone can enjoy a hot breakfast or lunch in a safe and comfortable enviroment. Once in the door, a customer can receive onsite healthcare or other services from Community Kitchen's partners or be referred to other agencies for appropriate services.

As a Board member, I feel confident that funders, volunteers, and friends of Community Kitchen can be assured that the Kitchen's Board and staff strive to be excellent stewards of the resources provided to us to fulfill the organization's mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my third year of being a board member at the Columbus Community Kitchen. I first volunteered here over 10 years ago with a church group. When I saw the impact on the community and real concern and caring of the staff, I knew this was a place I wanted to do more. That personality and culture continues and now the Kitchen has been able to open a second location to serve the needs of the community.

As one reflects upon life, food and shelter are the most critical things to an individual. The Community Kitchen provides the food component of that serving clients a hot breakfast and lunch 6 days a week, with boxed food service available on Sundays. But the Kitchen also is more than just food... it is a haven where individuals and families can safely hang out, talk and experience a sense of community.

The Columbus Community Kitchen provides the entire package for those who have fallen on hard times or just need an occasional boost. Visit the website to see first hand the impact, services and opportunities to help.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Kitchen has filled a vitally important role in the community for over 40 years. Due to economic, personal, and societal issues, there are more people needing help and access to basic human services than ever before. The Community Kitchen fills a critical need and does it in a manner that is genuinely respectful and uplifting. It's an amazing organization supported by a first rate staff, a dedicated board, and a long list of individual volunteers, churches, schools, community groups and such that are worth their weight in gold.

I have been involved with CKI since 1985. What an honor it has been to see how this organization has grown, and how much it does to serve others. They make a very hard thing look easy. That is the mark of a stellar non-profit. Nobody does it better than them.

Deb Olbrys

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sat on many, many committee boards that work with the folks who have fallen on hard times, and Communjity Kitchen is one of the most effective and focused organizations with which I have been associated. I have worked and still work with various food programs, Meals on Wheels, the old Interfaith Hospitality Network, Broad St. Presbyterian Foodbank. I have worked with one of the major "community organizing projects" in town. The results of the work at Community Kitchen is satisfying because it provides structure and reliability for its patrons, no questions asked.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at CKI for the past 3 years. Because of the impact CKI had on me during my volunteer time, as well as the great respect I for this charity and itsmission, I decided to become a Board of Trustee member two years ago. CKI has strong leadership and volunteers and, as a result, has remained viable and relevant in a declining donating world. CKI's positive affect on not only its patrons, but also on its volunteers, is remarkable.

Dan_33

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering when Fr. John Fulcher was director, in 1978, and I've participated in one way or another ever since. We have always strived to provide a healthy, balanced meal to form a part of the foundation of our guests overall well being. There have been many people who first came to the kitchen as unemployed and homeless, and then found work and housing and are now productive members of our community. What the Community Kitchen has done is no less than miraculous.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member, volunteer and involved in donation generation at the Community Kitchen for well over a decade. Although leadership, employees and volunteers have changed over those years, the Kitchen's absolute commitment to it's Mission and Vision statements has not waivered. The dedicated employees and volunteers provide hot nutritious meals to the clients with no questions asked and it's done in a freindly, social environment. I am very proud to be associated with this organization and it's commitment to meeting a basic human need that treats each client with dignity and respect. The Community Kitchen is truly a shining star in the non-profit world!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha, I am a Volunteer here at Saint John's Community Kitchen, I am a Receptionist. I love it here, Carol, Marilyn and Mj are Great People to work with, and so are the other Volunteer workers here. This is a Great Kitchen for Hot Breakfast and a hot lunch. My Experience here with them is like FAMILY.

Donald D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Community Kitchen and I currently serve on the Board of Directors. The Community Kitchen does an excellent job of creating a welcoming and non-intimidating environment that invites client to come eat and socialize. Clients are treated to a nutritious warm meal and are treated with respect. The Community Kitchen does an excellent job of carrying out its mission to serve those in need of a meal!

Adlai N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization a few times both to help with serving meals and also for special projects. They do a wonderful job of providing tasty meals in a respectful manner to anyone who shows up in their dining room. They also make good use of their volunteers. Their holiday events are wonderful, with special consideration given to children. It is evident that they care about each and every person who walks through their doors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally visited Community Kitchen to meet with the executive staff. From the moment I walked into their facility, it was evident the level of committment Community Kitchen has for those in need far exceeded my expectations. One big happy family.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

One of my first volunteering experiences as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and other than me slicing up my finger... this Community Kitchen knows how to get things done & get people fed.

The atmosphere at the Community Kitchen is energetic and passionate. Everyone is there for a common cause, and it's infectious! I recommend anyone in the Columbus area volunteer here!