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CRRC of Canyon Lake Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Physical Fitness & Community Recreational Facilities, Sports

Mission: To serve the residents of Canyon Lake by providing vital social service resources as well as life-enriching recreational and educational opportunities.

Results: With assistance from Canyon Lake Rotary Club and many other local community organizations, we have renovated and expanded the food pantry storage area. This allows easier access and distribution to increased numbers of clients.

Target demographics: Residents in the Canyon Lake Community

Geographic areas served: 78133 and portions of 78132

Programs: Provide assistance through care and social programs for senior citizens in comal county, texas.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only lived in Canyon Lake only a few years. I had volunteered in a food pantry previously in another town. One of the first person invited me to tour tha CRRC food pantry. I was unaware of the great need of its services in the area. After I became a volunteer I began to how much people were being helped. The clients were extremely thankful for their help, some leaving with tears in eyes. I am so thankful for such a caring place. Noone knows when they may help. I feel that people always have a friendly and safe place to get help at the C R R C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the CRRC food pantry for almost two years and I can feel the love and compassion that the staff exhibits to the clients who come in for food or financial help. Those in need are never turned down.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a Great way to help those in need. I went in not expecting much of anything. Boy was I wrong; I've met other volunteers from all different walks of life wanting to share the same thing. TO HELP OTHERS!! The reward is unmeasurable!! I've met a great new group of people to work along side of me. It's a wonderful place to lay your judgements down and reach out to those that need help. When the customers leave and say Thankyou, that is all I need. They have touched my heart!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the CRRC food panty for the last two years. I went into this endeavor thinking I would just go and do a little to help out. I did not think much would come of it, just helping out a little. I soon found out I was just kidding myself. I actually liked what I was doing. Then, I started liking the people I was "working" with, WOW. I did not think this was going to affect me any at all. Well, guess what?. I really liked helping others. I found there were so many people in our area that needed help, and the CRRC food pantry helped with their needs. I was the last one to think that you really did receive when you first gave. So if you want to feel good, then give a little and you will receive much more. That is all I can say.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering in the Meals on Wheels program at CRRC of Canyon Lake, Texas for over a year now. I can positively say it has been such a blessing in my life to deliver meals weekly to the elderly in our community. It has given me an awareness of the vast needs of the elderly in my community. The words of thanks and "God bless you" I hear at almost every delivery are so touching. To get to visit with these sweet people and share a little in their lives brings me so many joys and blessings. CRRC is fulfilling so many needs in our community. Not only the Meals on Wheels program, but a food pantry and clothing for the needy. When people who are so down come through the doors, they are met with love and a caring person to listen to their needs and provide for their needs. We are so blessed to have CRRC in our community, and I love being a volunteer with this great non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to vegetable garden, and decided to increase the size of my garden to allow me to share the excess with my community. I regularly donate my home grown vegetables to CRRC throughout the year. Each time I walk into CRRC to make a donation, I am met with the most wonderful staff and volunteers. I am pleased that CRRC gives me the opportunity to share a small part of what I love to do with my local community. Thank-you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The pleasure of feeling the thanks and appreciation of the clients we serve is really the high point of any job or duty that I have experienced in my 60 plus years of dealing with the public.Getting to know the clients in their homes lets you see a part of the community that few see. I am always reminded and made aware of how much CRRC means to the members of this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at CRRC for eight years and have been an active volunteer in four different communities over the past twenty years. CRRC is the most compassionate and effective non-profit organization I have experienced. They not only serve the community but provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for over 100 volunteers. The organization provides food and finances to the less fortunate, meals on wheels to those unable to provide, durable medical equipment to those in need, recreation to all who come forth, programs for the elderly, and various other programs to meet the changing needs of our community. I am proud to be a small part of the outstanding organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at CRRC, but I find that I am in fact getting paid by the wonder of seeing exactly what it does, what it means to the truly needy in the Canyon Lake area. Numerous recipients have told me that ere it not for the food and/or assistance CRRC has given them their families would have been hungry all month, or their utilities would have been shut off. Others have expressed their appreciation for wheelchairs and medical equipment provided them at no cost. What has moved me the most has been the happy expressions on the face of toddlers and children at seeing the bags of groceries which they are taking home, because in some cases they have had to do with little or nothing to eat that day. I have also delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly and/or infirm residents, and their blessings upon receiving the meals mean very much to me. CRRC is a caring, compassionate and efficient provider of desperately-needed food and services - and I am proud to be a small part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a non-profit that serves the underprivileged members of the community, CRRC stands out for its kind, compassionate staff and volunteers who treat clients with the utmost in caring and respect. People who come to the Resource Center for food or financial assistance are always met and greeted by a smiling, welcoming and caring volunteer or a staff member who genuinely wants to listen, understand and provide the most complete and prompt service while guarding the "client's" privacy and dignity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Food Pantry, I see forst hand the operation and the performance of the staff and volunteers. What imoresses me the most is the absolute courtesy, kindness and respect the "clients" are treated with from everybody. You would think these are "paying customers" the way everybody treats them. I wish to single out Ms. Maureen Schein the Resource Program Director. She greets everybody with a warm, sincere and welcoming smile. She is very patient. helpful and courteous to those who have difficulty communicating their needs to her. I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of people and this organization whose mission is best described as "Doing God's Work"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The CRRC of Canyon Lake provides a variety of valuable services to the community including crisis food, and limited financial assistance, meals on wheels, medical equipment loans, senior and youth recreational acitivities, social events, espeically North Pole Village, Thrift Store merchandise, and other forms of community support. The staff and complement of many volunteers are dedicated and giving. Improvements and efficiencies are continuous including a recently added pavillion that can be used for various team and outdoor events and an ongoing effort to automate crisis food pantry records and data.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the CRRC Crisis Food Pantry and find it to be a very rewarding experience knowing that I am supporting the community and helping others less fortunate than I. I am also proud to serve with such a dedicated group of staff and other volunteers who provide such a vital service on such a limited budget. It has been a treat to see the facilities and activities offered by the CRRC grow over the years while the demand within the community has also increased.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The food is not the only thing we bring to them. For many it may
be the only face they see that week and the only person they
get to speak with . Receiving God's love through another person
Is another food we all need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've given my time (approx. 330 hrs. +/- a year) for over 12 years now (not counting my direction of the Ch. Wld. Service CROPWalks (1/4 of proceeds goes to this and another foodpantry)--$3-4K worth for us). I have watched us go from 6 maximum folk/families helped a week for other than food/ a pantry which JUST had moved out of (literally) closet(suppplied w/ gov't cheese & whatevers plus a few canned goods)into a 10x20 room w/ shallow --think book---shelves to , NOW, that room plus another 10x20, with walk in freezer, 2 mega refrigerators, 3 stand up freezers, one 6-7 ft. chest freezers and incredible rack space for what is donated and what is bought from San Antonio Food Bank. WHAT A BIG TIE GROWTH (sustainable in this very-giving-because-we produce community who "supports us as we support the community" as our logo says.
That's my main passion, but I spend time @ the front desk on Mondays, lending durable medical equipment, helping folk with forms for emergency/crisis help w/ rent, electricity, propane, water bills and some pharmacy costs (we've just started a special new program for special needs that don't fall into those categories, but are sparked by the current econo/political situationS) I answer the phone and refer folk to our Seniors and our all-ages Recreacion Centers and programs, and help our Crises/Emergency Director with calls for information..... I was on the Board for 6+ years a while ago, and am SO glad to see the strength and depth and spread of the talents/gifts/efforts/imagination of the one that's active now! I also do the confidential filing (w/ local newspaper arrest records entries---it helps to know how folks assets are being spent!) since I'm 'bond-able' by background.
I guess you can tell I'm VERY SOLD on this agency...to the point that I've put them in my will, as well as high on my annual charitable gifts agenda.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to Volunteer at our local food pantry. My "co-workers" and I enjoy the friendship and assistance we recieve from our Director. We are frequently asked our opinions and thoughts regarding future development of our Pantry.

Our area has continually brought us more clients each month. Which has, at times, caused us to need additional personnel to handle the deliveries and disbursements. The Volunteers work together to cover the additional loads.

Our Director assists us whenever we have to make changes in our schedule that affect our assigned work schedule.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

working in our food bank over the past few years I have recognized an increase of hundreds of new clients needing our assistance. At the same time I realize the Food Bank is having to stretch its dollar to get the kind of food that was more easily avialable to use two years ago. I feel bad not being able to hand out the fresh produce, milk, eggs, and fruit that we use to have. But, our clients are always greatful. We have added free finance classes for the clients to help them use their resources more wisely. Our directors are ever diligent in providing the best that we can give on our limited budgeta.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I went to CRRC to ask if I could volunteer occasionally and talked to Maureen and she acted as if it were an imposition to sit there and give me information. I was very discouraged and left. I am retired with nothing to do, a large nice SUV and was looking forward to helping and left the building with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Suzanne H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CRRC touches so many people in the Canyon Lake area. We serve through the Food Pantry, Crisis Program, loaning durable medical equipment, financial counseling and providing job search aid. We have a Thrift Shop that allows our community to purchase goods at a very reasonable cost. And if that isn't enough - we have a terrific Community Center utilized by our community groups to play cards and dominoes. We have an Adult Center that caters to seniors who are young at heart, where meals are served, movies are shown, games are played and the seniors have a chance to interact with their neighbors. We sponsor a flu shot clinic. The children of Canyon Lake are certainly not left out - we have non-competitive sports teams, provide location for Scouts. We also have a huge gym that is used for Silver Sneakers and other exercise groups. We are currently building a large pavilion that will be used by the entire community. Our offerings to the community are almost endless and through it all the CRRC staff and volunteers are fantastic. I am very proud to be a volunteer and be associated with CRRC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Canyon Lake Food Pantry once a week, with an occasional fill in. It has been such a good experience for me. I was new to the area and not working , and looking for something to give back to the community. I work with the nicest group of people ever, and we really make a difference in people's lives. Most everyone is so appreciative of what they recieve, and I have truly enjoyed being able to help others in this way. It's not only the food & assistance they receive, but a kind word from the staff or volunteers you can tell blesses many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering at CRRC for 7 or 8 years now as well as being on the board in the past. I have never been around a group of more dedicated, caring, honest hardworking people in my life. Employees and volunteers are not just there for a job, but really care about how they are helping our community. The outreach to those who are less fortunate is extraordinary for such a small organization. We also offer health equipment free rentals for those who are in need. A thrift store offers the community low cost furniture and other merchandise with the profits going towards feeding those in need. On top of all this, the CRRC reaches out to the community with everything from youth sports to senior activities, North Pole Village, and much more. It is amazing to see what can be done with the dedication of so few. I feel blessed to be a very small part of it all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and also the front desk. When I deliver meals of our clients the expressions of gratitude for the meals and the opportunity to talk to smiling face makes the day for myself and the person that I am helping. Working at the front desk, filling grocery orders make one think what this community would lose if didn't have CRRC. Visiting some of our clients you know they wouldn't have some of their food without us. I think anyone with a day or a few hours a week free time would be surprised at the great feeling and the joy of giving be volunteering for this type of work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked in the food pantry, filling orders for the clients, delivering meals on all the routes, I have been able to see how much CRRC has really done for the community. I'm sure that without CRRC a large number of folks would probable go hungry, or a large number of volunteers would never see or receive the thanks we get for just caring and serving.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Being a Meals On Wheels Carrier has been most gratifing experience!
Everyone I come in contact office, other volunteers and carriers are friendly and helpful!
We have a wonderful group who is working together making our community a better place.
I am so Blessed to be able to work with this group! Renza Rodgers

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