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COMMUNITY SEVA INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: Community Seva Inc., is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization, founded and incorporated on June 6, 2013 in California. We are an official certifying organization for the U.S President’s Volunteer Services Awards Program.

Results: 80,000 meals served, 1800+ volunteers, over 14 meals cooked per month, over 5000 care bags donated to the homeless with hygiene related items, 3500+ blankets and winter gear donated during the winter

Target demographics: feed the hungry and serve the homeless

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80,000 meals served so far

Geographic areas served: the San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Hot meals, mobile shower & laundry services and backpacks with winter essentials

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Samhita P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Community Seva has been a fulfilling experience. It's not just run by a team of selfless but also motivated volunteers who truly mean to do what the organization stands for. It's a great opportunity to serve people and make a difference in the community that we live in. Haven't come across such a group of self driven individuals or the passion this community holds.
Happy to have got the opportunity to participate and be a part of the community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Community Seva for more than 4 years during their breakfast, lunch and dinner devas. I look forward to the weekends where I work with the extremely dedicated volunteers and site managers. Together we cook delicious and healthy meals for people residing in the shelters including families with little children.
Volunteering with Community Seva has been a very rewarding experience in more than one way. My stress from the work week melts away when I meet the selfless site managers and volunteers. Community Seva makes optimum use of the resources made available to them. There are no overheads and every single penny of the donated dollar goes towards feeding the hungry. With new initiatives like the Shower seva, I am excited for Community Seva to grow into an organization that will contribute in a big way to the local community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kahlil Gibran said, 'Work is love made visible.' To me, that line is a testament to how much we gain, grow and offer through the work we do at Community Seva

It is the love with which every volunteer dedicates their time & skill to serve a hot plate of food & bring a smile on a homeless persons face

It is this consistent love that has helped Community Seva grow & reach higher heights year over year. It is this commitment to love & service that brings volunteers back week after week

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with and being associated with Community Seva has been the best thing that has happened to our family. It has helped us(my husband and I) and our kids grow our empathy, be humble & serve selflessly. In an affluent area like the Silicon Valley, it is quite easy to forget that there is still high food insecurity in the US. Community Seva provides us an opportunity for us to give back with hands on volunteering in our local community.

There have been many experiences over the last 4 years serving with Communtiy Seva that have helped me grow as a person and enriched my life. However, there is one incident that I would like to mention here.

On a cold winter day in 2015, like most weeks, I had volunteered with and helped cook & serve breakfast with Community Seva at a homeless shelter in San Jose. Later that evening, my family and I went out for dinner in downtown San Jose. Being the busy holiday season, we had to park a few blocks from the restaurant. My kids and I were walking down the dark alley towards the restaurant while my husband was walking a few feet behind us, when suddenly, a man was walking straight towards us. It was quite clear from his appearance that this person appeared to be living on the streets and my first instinct was to pull my purse & my kids close to myself. The man continued walking towards me, came up to me and said "Ma'm you might not remember me, but you served me hot breakfast this morning at the shelter and that is the only meal I have had all day. Thank you for that & God bless you". Saying just that, he walked right past. I stood there shocked, eyes full of tears and speechless.
That moment I realized how a small act of kindness can change someone's day and life. I also realized and was ashamed of how quick I was to judge someone and their intent. This was such a valuable lesson for all of us.

It is heartwarming to know that Community Seva impacts not only those who we serve but all of us that volunteer as well.
Thank you for that Community Seva!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the core volunteers at Community Seva. What started as a simple volunteering experience with them has become a regular weekend routine I look forward to in my otherwise mundane day to day life. It's not an exaggeration when I say our family plans our weekends ,travel plans etc. based on my commitments with Community Seva. There is no doubt the job is demanding -we have to put in a lot of effort week after week with planning, procuring and doing the massive cooking in the hot kitchens in the shelters.But the joy we get when we feed the hot scrumptious meals to hundreds of homeless individuals make us forget all our hard work.Not a week goes by without those people coming and thanking us for the Quality and quantity of the nutritious meal we provide. Way to go Community seva. I am really proud and feel blessed to be part of this wonderful organization whose only mission is to 'Feed the Hungry and Serve the Homeless'.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Community Seva since inception. First as a volunteer, and later as a board member. What makes this organization unique is the sheer passion of its founder and the incredible drive and big hearts of all the thousands of volunteers that it has attracted and retained over the past six years. In these busy times (especially in the SIlicon Valley), it is such a remarkable thing that weekend after weekend, Community Seva volunteers rise up at 4am and cook hot breakfasts and spend their weekend evenings cooking nutritious hot dinners to serve to the homeless. It is a delight to see children as young as 4 years old packing toothpaste into hygiene kits and to answer their questions about homelessness and how they can help those less fortunate!

As a board member, I have seen the organization evolve from inside out and can attest to the honesty, integrity and the sheer focus the entire leadership team has on making an impact on improving the lives of the homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have much more to do and cannot think of a better team to do it with!

3 savitaprakash

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As site manager and volunteer for Community Seva, I feel privileged and immensely grateful for this opportunity to be part of a cause truly close to my heart. Homelessness in the bay area has sky-rocketed and it is growing day by day. Turning away from this problem due to fear, ignorance or simply not knowing what to do to help are no longer justifiable reasons to stay away from helping. Community Seva is that organization that connects kindhearted, generous, and compassionate volunteers with the most vulnerable, and needy folks in our community.

I got into Community Seva thinking I need to do my part for the community and help the less fortunate in a small way...However, right after my first experience cooking and serving, the happiness I felt was indescribable. I just knew I had to come back and do it again, and again, and again. Thanks to Community Seva, I have got out of my comfort zone and now doing what is most rewarding to me-serving the homeless and hungry and making this a permanent part of my life. I am eternally grateful to all my volunteer friends at Community Seva who inspire me to do more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Community Seva has been a life changing experience for me. What started as a simple desire to do something good for the community has transformed into something more purposeful and joyful than I could have ever imagined.
When I first started volunteering at this organization, I didn't realize what a powerful effect this experience would have on me. For one, it was not just about cooking and serving a hot meal to needy families in the shelter, but more about a shared humanity. The smiling, and appreciative look on their faces as they extend their hands to get a plate filled with hot, delicious food is something that keeps me going.

Community Seva lives up to it's name. It is the very epitome of service. The team of dedicated volunteers never fails to amaze me with their drive, passion and heartfelt desire to give selflessly. The leadership too has served to inspire and motivate people to do more. The team has come together to increase the scope of services, to get more people involved including youth and to use social media for productive purposes.

My life is richer today than it was before Community Seva came into it and for that I am eternally grateful.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Seva is an organization working towards feeding the hungry and homeless people at various shelters in the Bay area. It also conducts other sevas such as mobile shower seva, backpacks, winter drives, carebags with hygiene kits.

It has a phenomenal team of volunteers that strives to fulfill it's mission with utmost respect and dedication, come rain or shine.. They are truly an inspiration. Their enthusiasm and camaraderie definitely rubs on you.

It gives me great pleasure to see the smile on the faces of our patrons when we serve them hot breakfast or dinner. I would like to thank Nathan and the team for allowing me to be a part of this mission.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a site manager and volunteer at Community Seva. Being a part of this amazing organization and working with this close knit group of fellow Seva members plus volunteers, has been a very fulfilling, humble and life changing experience for me. Serving the homeless recharges your batteries....it makes you take a pause and appreciate the opportunities that we have been given in life.

At Community Seva we spend hours purchasing fresh groceries and preparing wholesome, nutritious and mouth watering dishes. Seeing the joy in the faces of the homeless when we serve them this food gives us instant gratification!

Thanks to Community Seva there has been a paradigm shift in my perception of homeless people. I no longer turn my face away when I see them holding a placard near the freeway exits and lights. Instead I look them in the eye, give them the benefit of the doubt and offer a sympathetic smile. I'm forever grateful to Community Seva for this change in me. Hope to be a part of this organization forever and hope to make a difference in our local community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Seva truly cares about the people they serve. They are constantly finding new ways to help the homeless. Their dedication to their cause is shown through the numerous meals they serve every weekend, backpacks they fill with supplies, and fundraising and awareness events. Volunteering with them has truly opened my eyes to the problems those less fortunate than me face and encourages me to do my best to support the organization as well.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a couple of years that I've been volunteering with this phenomenal organization. I've seen firsthand the dedication from the site managers in making sure that there is never an empty stomach in the homeless shelters they serve every weekend rain or shine. Believe me, It takes a lot of work to buy the supplies and cook from scratch, that too starting at 5.00am in the morning.

It is so heart warming to see the people thank us after serving food and say that is is their only time they get to eat fresh cooked food the entire week. Thank you Community Seva for giving me a chance to help the homeless in a small way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer supporting social media activities for Community Seva. Unfortunately I do not get to actually cook and serve too often at the sevas due to health issues. I get to see all the pictures from the sevas and I hear stories from all the site managers about the feedback they get from the people being served at the shelters , heartwarming stories about how the food served is delicious and nutritious and how it’s such a blessing in their lives to eat something like that instead of cheap fast food. This always makes me happy and inspires me to write. I have had so many friends who have participated in these sevas and they love it so much that they always want to come back. My only wish is that at some point my health issues get solved and I can also regularly cook at the sevas.

2 Mani K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to be associated with this wonderful association. I am amazed at the devotion, dedication and more importantly, the right mindset of my fellow volunteers to serve the needy people in the Bay Area. Community Seva is run very efficiently by Nathan and his team.

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communityseva 09/09/2019

Thank you Mani for taking the time to write this review. Your support, time and effort at the Shower service every month is beyond words. Greatly appreciated.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sponsored a dinner meal with this charity. Heart-warmed to see so many homeless -mentally challenged, veterans and families enjoy a hot freshly cooked nutritive dinner. Impressed with the charity’s volunteers’ professionalism in shopping, organizing and guiding through cooking and serving for over 200 people. Look forward to working with this charity again. Highly recommend them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Came to know of Community Seva through a friend of mine. Since the time I first volunteered I could not help look for opportunities to volunteer. On most weekends I start my Saturday morning at Community Seva. The best part is when you serve. Feel blessed to be associated with a group of selfless souls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends and I had heard of Community Seva, but when we finally got to volunteer, it was such an eye opener.
We volunteered at a San Jose shelter for the homeless, under a team lead from Community Seva. The whole exercise was carried out so efficiently, yet cheerfully. The team lead brought the ingredients and gave us precise instructions - how and what to cook, and how and when to serve. Nathan dropped off some ice cream as a special treat for the residents.
The experience that followed is certainly one of the most memorable, for each one of us in the group. Among about 15 of us, our funds helped prepare and serve about 300 meals at five shelters in the Bay Area. We still have a hard time wrapping our head around that number.
We are so inspired by Nathan and his team of dedicated volunteers that we're determined to be part of this movement to help provide meals to the homeless.
Community Seva is doing such a great job and as more of us join them, I can't help hope for the ultimate - that maybe, just maybe there could be a solution to end hunger after all.

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communityseva 09/09/2019

Anu: What a heartwarming review. Thank you and your friends for participating in the Seva and supporting us. You guys are so energetic and supportive of what we do. I am glad 4 years ago I spoke to you and Shabana has materialized with a much needed caring service to the homeless and this beautiful review. Thank you again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Seva is an amazing organization that has been such a huge learning experience for me as well as an great opportunity. I have learned so much about helping the homeless and taking time to think about others, while at the same time it also taught me basic skills such as communication, teamwork, and time management. Community Seva has a heart warming cause that everyone should support and I will continue to contribute to this cause as much as possible.

2 Sheela S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined my friends to volunteer at Community Seva to cook and serve breakfast to about 200 people in a local shelter. It was such a great experience to be able to work with a team of dedicated, passionate and selfless individuals whose routine is to wake up that early hours every weekend tirelessly to contribute their time to this noble cause. They take so much care to keep the hygiene level way high and cook as if they cook for their own families or even with more care! They make it a fun event for the volunteers so they don’t feel the hard work that goes in preparing meals for 200+ people at every center. It was so rewarding to see so many people appreciating the volunteers to provide them with hot and tasty breakfast. Nathan and team, you are amazing, truly an inspiration!

1 Pragati G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community Seva is an organization where everyone from leadership to its volunteers give their time and effort from their heart. I have volunteered many times with them and they make it so easy to come and volunteer. Meals are pre planned and groceries are done before volunteers show up. Food made is very hygienic and tasty. Everyone who comes to eat a meal leaves not only with a full tummy but with a smile on their faces.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Seva has been the source of phenomenally faithful volunteerism at HomeFirst providing healthy meals and dignified interaction to our homeless shelter guests. Volunteers are responsive, generous and fully committed to service. We at HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County have come to rely upon Community Seva throughout the year, year after year, and when needed for disaster response.
Stephanie Demos
Chief Development &Communications Officer

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Seva has been a dedicated and very committed Volunteer Group with Abode Services Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter for many years.
Every month the SEVA team arrives to prepare and serve a delicious and well balanced dinner to the residents and staff at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter. Not only do they provide a great meal but wonderful conversation and friendship to the residents.
A Special thank you to Nathan and his great team of volunteers, your commitment to volunteering with Abode Services is truly appreciated and the service you offer not only to Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter but to our Community. It is wonderful to see the participation from so many students on their team as they earn their community service-volunteer hours. We look forward to working with Community SEVA on more projects in the future. We greatly appreciate their commitment and help in making our work possible.

Jean Morgan
Community Outreach Director
Abode Services