I have been volunteering at the Provo Utah Food and Care Coalition at lunch time. I love it there! I have had so many wonderful experiences. One time a Indian man came there with a woman I later found out was his wife. He thanks my sister and I for serving there. He asked if we would mind if he told us his story. He said that he use to be addicted to alcohol and that he use to be homeless. He'd lose everything- work, home, wife and family. He felt hopeless. He came to the Coalition to get meals and found other help their. He was able to get a job, quit drinking and he was now active in a church and married to this woman. He was going to college and was there to remember and to write his story before graduating from college. Tears were in all of our eyes. We have seen many miracles there and this is just one of them! Thanks Stacy Hone
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My daughter and I serve lunch once a week at the Food & Care Coalition. We're constantly amazed at the people that pour through the doors for lunch. We're so glad to help out each week. We're also surprised at the amount of donated items coming into the kitchen in the two hours we're there each week. What good people there are supporting those who are less fortunate than them.
I volunteer in the Food & Care Coalition's Dental Office. I am always amazed at the quality service the Coalition gives to the members of society who are in great need of good oral care!
My children and I have been volunteering at the Food & Care Coalition for over 5 years. It all began with an introduction to the Coalition's Executive Director, Brent Crane, at a local business function. I quickly learned of Brent's heavy involvement in the community and the good accomplished by the Coalition. I wanted to be part of this dynamic movement. In the ensuing years, we have enjoyed our association with all the Coalition team members and the clients served by this organization of caring souls. There is no such thing as second-best for the recipients of the Coalition's services. From the meals, to the dental services, to the life skills training--and beyond--every client at the Food & Care Coalition is served with respect, dignity, and diligence.
My daughter's Elementary School did a hygiene supply drive as a contest between grades. We gathered boxes and boxes of shampoo & conditioner, toothbrushes & toothpaste, lotion, soap, and toilet paper for the Food and Care Coalition. The response from the children was so much more than we anticipated. We filled a 12 passenger van, empty of benches, from floor to ceiling and then filled another mini van after that. Some of the children in the school's Service Club did announcements describing the people they were helping. The children were enthusiastic about the project. The children gained insight about the needs of people around them while also learning to be grateful for their own situations.
I started volunteering at the Coalition in my junior year of high school. I arranged for my school A Capella and Chamber choirs to sing during the meal times. I found the people working there so amiable and wonderfully eager to make the experience of serving there a great one. Because of the INCREDIBLE experience everyone had, this has become a choir tradition. I heard so many stories of how students' lives were changed from the people they met there, as well as the general feeling they received just from serving. Ever since we started serving there, the choir has become so much closer and more in tune with the messages carried in our music. I'm SO SO SO grateful that I had the opportunity to organize these "service singing" trips, and watch as the choir members' hearts were touched. Thanks so much to everyone at the Coalition for all that you do! :D
I have had the opportunity to volunteer for the Food and Care Coalition in a few different ways. It is a great organization to be involved with. One of my sons assembled "apartment start up kits" for his Eagle Project. It was such a meaningful project to him. Everything went so smoothly because the Food and Care Coalition is so organized! The Food and Care Coalition has so many different ways that people can serve depending on circumstance. There is something for everyone!
I love the Food and Care Coalition. I love volunteering there. They have provided a comfortable, safe, compassionate, happy environment for patrons and volunteers. The facility is well organized and clean and they meet the needs of their clients in a professional and efficient manner. They make it very easy to donate or volunteer there by providing current needs and providing a variety of projects or opportunities that can be fulfilled at home, in a classroom, or onsite. I have worked there with people of all ages and ability. This organization fills a true need in the community. They facilitate care for those who are in need of temporal help and provide opportunity for those who want to serve.
The Utah Food and Care Coalition is run by compassionate people who really love their work and the people they serve. We have spent hours helping in the kitchen and serving the clients. The staff are always meticulous about food safety and always give professional service. The pantry is always well-stocked and very clean. The dining area is even graced by a piano so the clients can have dinner music while they eat. Most of all, the staff are caring and considerate of the needs of the clients as well as the volunteers.
Volunteering at Food and Care as a dental hygiene student this semester has been a great experience. It has helped me gain more perspective and gratitude for what I have and where I am in life by serving those who are homeless and/or unemployed. The patients I have seen have also been very grateful. There are so many needs in this underserved population and Food and Care is doing wonderful things to really make a difference in these lives!
It has been a really great experience working with the Food and Care coalition in Provo. The volunteers have been great to work with there and I have enjoyed working with the patients there!
This coaliltion does a tremendous amount of good in our community. They are caring and thoughtful of the patrons. They also let us, as the public, know of all the good they do and the needs they have. I appreciate that. It gives me definite ways I, and my family and extended family, can serve our community.
I'm a dental hygiene student volunteering at the dental clinic at Food and Care. The patients we see are usually unemployed and/or homeless. They need dental care but can't afford much. I really like to help them, it makes me feel like I'm making a difference. It's a much different feeling than working on patients from middle income families who have perfectly straight teeth. Those are great patients as well, but they don't need as much help as the patients at Food and Care. I like to help out in the community helping people who really need it.
The Food and Care coaltion in Provo Utah has been a great experience to volunteer at. It has given me great "real-world" training in the Dental clinic and has helped me practice my skills as a supervised student. The assistants here help out immensely and the schedule is always full of patients to help.
I am a professor at UVU in Orem, UT. I take the dental hygiene student to volunteer services for the dental clinic at the coalition. This helps those people in need of dental services and also helps the students advance in their skills. This is a great and beneficial service for all involved.
While serving with another volunteer organization for four years, I referred needy individuals to the Provo Food and Care Coalition on many occasions. The return comments from those referred individuals encouraged me to sign up as a volunteer. My experiences over the past 18 months have both awed and excited me. The staff and volunteer persons with whom I have served have been absolutely fantastic, energetic, and fun. And the people whom we have served have been almost always very sincere and complimentary in expressing their appreciation and feelings of blessings received during their time of need because of the availability and services provided by this charitable organization. The overall services provided by this organization for the benefit of our local needy persons are both extensive, exciting, and often times unexpected in the range and quality of services and care. Every time I work in the kitchen, it amazes me about the food service, types and quality of the proffered meals, and the genuine interest and concern demonstrated by the chefs, kitchen staff, and the organization leadership. As volunteers we often comment on the menus which many times are more diverse and complete for each daily meal than many of us are used to enjoying in our own homes. It also amazes me pertaining to the generosity of the food donors (individuals and organizations) within our area and the quality of the food products provided. This whole experience just makes my volunteer service exciting, fun, and definitely fulfilling. I look forward each week for my volunteer day to arrive and am having such a wonderful experience that I do everything I can to ensure that I do not miss a single opportunity to go and service. My experience as well as those voiced by my volunteer associates has been so worthwhile that it just makes us HAPPY. Whenever anyone says to me, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, I just have to respond with, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVICE. The Provo Food and Care Coalition is a marvelous organization, well led and managed, and an absolute benefit to both our community and to those persons in need.
I have worked with the Coalition for the past 8 years. Over the years I have introduced my family, friends, and scout group to the coalition. It has provided a wonderful oportunity for me to help in a small way those who live among us that are in need. My family and I love serving at the coalition and will continue to do so in the many years to come.
The dental experience has been a positive experience. The chiropractor is awesome. The laundry is fantastic. The food window is wonderful. The food is awesome. And we have an excellent staff.
Having working for this private,non-profit agency since 1997, I have been in a position to see many hundreds of people that have been helped with their barriers that keep them in a homeless vicious circle. Compassion and dignity are traits that underpin the advocacy for individuals that are struggling with things such as mental health issues, substance dependence, mental or physical disabilities, economic issues, lack of education or opportunities, and/or lack of life skills. Agency administrative costs are very low and the staff works very hard. There is a large base of community volunteerism that helps make it possible.