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2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Project SHARE of Carlisle

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Religion

Mission: In response to God's call to love one another, Project SHARE provides food, nutrition education and links to other community resources to empower people in need within western Cumberland County.

Results: We have served 12600 households in 2015 as of December 2015; up 14% from last year. We have enthusiastic cooking classes for both recipient children and adult.; 40 % of the households gross under $12,000 per year, and less than 1% have only public assistance as their income. Most are underemployed, and are without childcare and healthcare benefits. 33% are children.

Target demographics: low-income individuals and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3500 individuals per month. That includes over 390 low-income seniors and 700 children

Geographic areas served: Carlisle, Mt. Holly Springs, Boiling Springs, Gardners, Plainfield, Middlesex, New Kingstown, and Carlisle Springs

Programs: basic food items, fresh produce, and nutrition education. We also have cooking classes for children and adults.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Annie50

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Project SHARE in 2001. I started as a volunteer. I helped some with distributing food and gleaning. I have fond memories of getting to know staff and other volunteers. What moved me was the profound love modeled by the staff. Our community is blessed to have an organization that pours into the lives of other people as they do. Now, I serve as a volunteer, as a donor, and as a member of the board. This is truly a mission focused organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently I found myself in a very dire situation.
I'm going through a divorce. My grocery budget from $400.00 (when married) to $0.
With God, I had to push through my pride and humiliation to reach out for help.
Project Share readily approve my application. I now can eat with out having to worry about where my next meal will come from.
Project Share staff & volunteers does treat me with compassion and respect when I go for for food.

I never thought I'd be in this position.

I plan to pay it forward by volunteering @ Project Share I get my personal in order.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Share is such an asset to our community! Carlisle is truly blessed by the caring Executive Director and all the volunteers that work to provide for so many needs of the less fortunate in our area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Share and all their staff and volunteers are amazing! Elaine Livas is the "Mother Teresa" of nonprofits. After seeing and hearing Elaine speak at several events, I approached her and asked her if she could give me a few ideas that would help our organization reach the same level of professionalism that Project Share has attained. Elaine and her staff literally opened up their doors, arms and hearts and have gone above and beyond to assist. Elaine instilled the confidence I needed to make major changes in our organization in order to assist our clients more efficiently and respectfully. Somehow, with their busy schedule, Project Share still has the time to assist other organizations who are serving the needy. They are truly a blessing to all. My sincere thanks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I first volunteered through the Church. Afterwards my wife continued to help pretty much ever week. We both tried for every holiday meal.

Project Share was a well organized event that relies on volunteers.

We are now stationed back at Fort Stewart, and miss our time in Carlisle!

Best of luck

Del & Pat Chesser

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Share has become a critical pillar of Carlisle - a safety net for our neighbors in need. I have not found a better runow or more worthy non-profit anywhere.

Scott144

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a fast and friendly atmosphere with a lot of friendly staff... Thanks for everything!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering in the baby room of Project SHARE has been an amazing experience. Everyone who volunteers there is upbeat, happy and very welcoming. They have a great system set up which allows families to get all they need for themselves and even the little ones. I would be honored to be able to volunteer there again in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is special day each month that I enjoy. It is distribution day when I can come to Project Share and hand out the delicious food to all who come. It is a good feeling that Project Share is there to help those who need a little helping hand. The chance to give a smile and greeting and receive a smile back makes everyone's day a little better. The warm feeling of helping those in need makes you feel like you are part of a caring family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first stated going to Project Share I was so overwhelmed with all the food and the most caring people I've ever met. They made me cry with all their kindness ,smiles and their have a blessed day and even get a hug from time to time.They all made me feel like a real person they all go the extra mile.They are the same today as they were the first time I was there I'm so thankful for Project Share and their staff and all the volunteers and for all the food I receive each and every month

Donor

Rating: 5

The most remarkable thing about Project SHARE is that it maintains high standards, proving that charitable works don 't have to sacrifice quality. Project SHARE is not interested in filling its shelves with anything anyone calls food. It provides fresh food and helps to build a culture of healthy eating and nutrition. We and our extended family support Project SHARE every year, and we do so without hesitation. There are many non-profits that leave you wondering whether your money goes for its intended purpose. We have never had second thoughts about Project SHARE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Project Share since 2007, particularly for distribution days. Elaine Livas lives her faith in reaching out to the community with food, teaching, loving. There are many projects to help the community, including activities for kids in the summer, school supplies, gleaning in the fields during summer. At distribution we're encouraged to give hope to the recipients, give a hug and listen to them. Many volunteers become good friends to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Project SHARE during monthly food distribution. I have also been privileged to hear Elaine Livas speak to my church Missions Committee. Her story and the history of Project SHARE is the most inspirational I have ever heard. To experience Project SHARE is to witness God's love in action.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer a few times and have been very impressed with how far Elaine has brought Project Share over the years. The amount of people they help and the efficiency of the distribution is impressive. The classes they hold for children and adults to learn how to cook and eat healthy goes above the basic role of just providing food for the hungry . The Carlisle community has rallied around Project Share with individuals and local businesses donating food, money and time.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The services offered at Project SHARE are varied and so very needed in our area!
I've been volunteering for Project SHARE for nearly 10 years, and hope to continue as long as I'm able.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is a great organization. Every client and volunteer is treated with respect. They Not only provide food to those who need it, they also teach people about proper nutrition and provide school supplies to children.

Michael397

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project SHARE is awesome in the way that they network with other agencies. CAN-STRUCTION gives an annual opportunity to work with the Feed My Sheep ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is a wonderful organization serving Carlisle and the surrounding area. The staff and volunteers are some of the most caring individuals I've ever encountered. The services they provide extend much farther than a food bank. They provide services for children, including 'Kids in the Kitchen' to show children how to prepare nutritious food, and a summer reading program as well. They provide nutrition information and food preparation classes for adults as well!

Sarah315

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project Share is such a blessing to the people of Carlisle. They not only feed bodies, they feed minds and spirits. From the well organized and plentiful , monthly food distributions and the weekly produce stand to the wonderful information on how to prepare healthy foods not normally afforded in the diets of those of us who live on or near the poverty level. Teaching is so important because if you give someone food they don't know how to cook, they probably won't use it. So many workshops are available to the community for the children and families for the betterment of themselves and the community as a whole. They address health issues and invite other sources of wellness to set up tables and offer services to clients, such as flu shots, diabetic education, healthcare and dental service providers. They are a wellspring of vital information for the poor and the working poor to make ends meet. They provide prayers for those requesting them. They provide fellowship through holiday dinners and events like school supplies distributions. They truly make my life better and so many others by doing the Lord's work. I am very grateful for Project Share!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project share is an amazing place to volunteer. My football team would go to the distribution every time we could and after going a while I registered to volunteer there. Everyone at project share is like one big family and every event they hold is a great opportunity to get out and help the community

Helen45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project share is a wonderful place to volunteer! I have been volunteering in the kitchen for 2 years and I love it. We prepare meals for children in the summer. And tasting recipes for recipients during distribution. There are canning classes, Kids in the kitchen and much much more. it is a great place to meet and work with other folks and meet and greet the recipients.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the blessed opportunity to volunteer for Project SHARE for over 10 years. The rewards of compassion and appreciation have been numerous beyond words. To help others in their time of need has deepened my love for mankind. We are here on earth to help others. Project SHARE is an expression of that help and love for others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We became familiar with Project Share through our church. Our church donates food and money towards this amazing, amazing organization. We have heard testimony from those who have benefitted from Project Share and they cannot say enough good things about Project Share. They treat everyone with dignity and respect and they fight for those people in need. Various groups from my church have had the opportunity to sort food and get it ready for distibution and it's amazingly organized.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family have been Project SHARE recipients for perhaps five years now. Not only do we religiously attend distribution every month, but we also utilize the Farm Stand nearly every week, especially during the cooler months when our garden isn't producing. Project SHARE has made a huge difference in our family's life, providing us with wholesome, nutritious food, as well as giving us access to much-needed school supplies every fall. Many of the regular volunteers know us by sight, and they always have a warm smile and kind words for us. Altogether, Project SHARE has been a great blessing to our family. I hope they will be able to continue to serve our community for many years to come.
T. B., of Gardners

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a nurse for 6 yrs,and diagnosed with Huntingtons disease,my husband worked 3 part time jobs,and had a stroke in april.with 2 children one autistic.I have my hands full.
without Project share.I don't know how we would survive.The people treat you with dignity,and respect.Every volunteer is kind,and has a heart on their sleeve.

"people don't label you as being lazy and poor."
They treat you as an individual,kindness,and caring.

Project Share has been a miracle.We are grateful!

Patricia155

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Top notch organization, with heartfelt caring and love for those in need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a transplant to Carlisle more than a decade ago and found Project Share as a method to connect with the community. It enriches receipient, employees, volunteers, and donor/supporters in untold ways. Caring, service, passion, and doing the right thing by people are lived values. I suggest Project Share as a service opportunity for all newcomers to the region.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Share is the most widely respected and most well known organization in Carlisle. They have provided food, support, encouragement, acceptance and God's unconditional love to many in our community. Their energy and commitment is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Project Share for over 25 years. It is a respected nonprofit in Carlisle and works well with other nonprofit agencies in town. I have made many friends with the staff and other volunteers at Share. I continue to work at least one morning each week and during distribution week work with a group of volunteers helping with the home delivery program several days. I feel privileged to be able to give back to the community by helping at Project Share

Gail67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project SHARE not only offers food to folks who are food insecure, it also offers reading support, breakfast, and lunch to school children during the summer months. This wonderful organization utilizes the talents of volunteers in extremely creative ways to meet the needs of our diverse Carlisle, Pa community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is much more than a food bank! While it DOES deliver great food, both to folks who can come to the Distribution AND to folks who need the food to be brought to them, Project Share is a place where folk come, knowing they will be accepted, encouraged, appreciated, and taught skills that will count - from the "Kids In The Kitchen" workshops to the "PET" project making personal transportation bikes for people overseas. In a tiny town, it's a giant example of what Americans can do to move America toward the dreams we all share for a fair deal for every person. ... As for "role" (below), my wife and I are Volunteers and Donors - and I play piano during Distribution.

1 Wanda_B

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project SHARE has been a big help to me and my family. I like that they not only give you food but they also help in you life. I was a very depressed person and with the help of Project SHARE they help me have a purpose in life and they have empowered me to want to help others that are in the same need as me. They are a Faith based and they brought me to Christ. I thank God everyday for there help and kindness that they have shown me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For ten years I have lived in Carlisle, and before that thirty years in nearby Boiling Springs. I have known Project Share since in its inception. Its founder, Ms Livas, is an actual paragon. Project Share is a power for good. It provides direct and significant benefits to people in our Carlisle community.

For me Project Share’s mission is simple and basic: eliminate hunger in our Carlisle community. Uncertain mathematics aside, one numerical figure is well established nationally - twenty percent of our children and seniors endure hunger every day. Think about that for a moment.

Project Share programs not only distribute food, but also provide educational cooking and nutrition classes. I personally want to thank Project Share volunteers for your time and wide-ranging knowledge and experience. It is a sizable commitment. Yet I hope you find the results are far more rewarding than most other volunteer positions. Without your support, Project Share will not thrive and improve.

Fran Nash

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project SHARE brings compassion, empathy and caring insight to families who find themselves in need on our community. SHARE, it’s dedicated staff and volunteers represent the best of who we want to be.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Project SHARE is an anchor in the Carlisle community. The organization was founded to provide families with food and educational resources, treating every person with dignity and kindness. The organization's good work is a model for securing food sustainably, as well, as volunteers collaborate with local/regional farms to glean fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables for distribution. Residents throughout Carlisle rely on the life-changing and life-affirming services provided by Project SHARE--we are a better and stronger community because of their presence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MORNING MOTIVATION. www.projectshare.net
I enjoy volunteering in the office of Project Share food bank. I retired over a year ago and needed something to keep me motivated and I certainly found my comfort zone. I meet people who need help and those who donate food to help others. I also answer the telephone and answer questions or direct calls is very rewarding knowing I am helping someone. I've always done public service work and love helpng people. Project Share meets people of all walks of life. There are hundreds of clients that come for food every month and everyone has a story. I listen and sometimes that's all these people need to make their day. I can encourage them and it also makes my day. The staff and volunteers I work with are all very sincere in their positions and that's what makes this a special place to volunteer. It 's so incredible how the community comes together in support of Project Share. Over 1100 families will receive a turkey and all the trimmings plus more this month and this would not be possible without the communities donations. We are so blessed and so am I.

Review from #MyGivingStory

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone is very caring when helping individuals with food etc. The staff goes above and beyond their duties.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received help from Project Share or some form of it 1986 until 2005. It has been built on the back of Elaine Livas and all her hard work over the years. The food we received was a far cry in quality and quantity from what they provide now. The breadth and depth of the community involvement with Project Share seems to grow every month. Now they have a permanant home that houses a clothing bank, storage facilities for cost saving and bulk buying, and community connections and support of all kinds. They truly provide Self Help And Recipient Education (SHARE). Now that I have been able to get myself into a more stable lifestyle, I am now a donor and occasional volunteer. Thank you Elaine and Project Share!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Consistently serving and supporting our community. I've volunteered for SHARE, but I'm also a community member who hears the great work of this organization. Once I met a woman on the street who said she had no formula for her baby. I got on my cell phone and called SHARE. She received what she needed for her child before the end of the day. SHARE is more than a food pantry, it is a part of our community that has literally brought people together from all walks of life to express care and support each other. Excellent non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone at Project SHARE is completely committed to its mission. They are all dedicated to helping those in our community through education and resources. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share is a faith based organization whose only focus is to feed and clothe those in need. Workers and volunteers wear tennis shoes and show up prepared to work and help their neighbors. Whether you give them four days a week or an hour of your time, you can find something you are able to do and the other volunteers, staff and recipients will appreciate your help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Share meets a huge need in the Carlisle community providing food and clothing to approximately 1200 families a month. During my volunteer time I see the compassion for the recipients and witness recipients who are truly appreciative of the services this organization provides. Kudos and hats off to Project SHARE.