I am the volunteer coordinator at Matthew's Crossing Food Bank. I have been involved with MC since it began. We serve anyone in need of food. However, most of our clients are the working poor and those looking for work. This is an awesome expeience. We have around 100 dedicated volunteers. Each year we are able to help more people because our generous partners donate to those less fortunate.Volunteering gave me a sense of purpose after my employment years had past.Matthew's Crossing holds a special place in my heart.
Matthew's crossing has made great progress in the past year. We now provide an extra weekly bag of groceries to 100 to 150 clients. Our holiday dinners will be available for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. We now are able to provide :infant bags" containing needed supplies for infants to toddlers.
One of the most helpful additions is our new computers. When a server is added (soon, I hope) it will make logging in clients much faster.
We are blessed with a generous and supportive community.
I have volunteered at Matthew's Crossing for two years and to experience first hand the impact this organization has on those in need is humbling. Recently two volunteers assembled recipes that are tasty, easy to use and work well with the food that's distributed. To see the joy on the faces of children when they are given a book or supplies for school, help someone who is homeless with food and a list of resources and have everything a mother needs for her newborn. Matthew's Crossing is more than just a food bank.
Have faith. Volunteer. End hunger.
I had the privlage to work as a volunteer at Matthews crossing food bank this year and was extreamly impressed with the staff and their comittment to help our community. I can no longer work as a volunteer but will support this great organization in any way I can.
Matthews-Crossing is a small treasure I found one year ago, when it drew me in as a volunteer. As the newest member of my team, I have great admiration for this group. I believe most of them have been there since its inception, and they are truly dedicated, kind and generous. Matthews-Crossing provides assistance without delving into clients' personal lives and without prejudice. We get people from all backgrounds and levels of society, and all are graciously welcomed and given the same respect as any other citizen walking through our doors. Our clients are treated with dignity, which is evident by the numerous compliments they give us, and for that we are grateful. When they cry, we try to reassure them, and when they're exuberant because they just found a job, we share in their joy. But we also know they need more than food to sustain themselves, so our volunteers often bring in diapers, hygiene products, books, and little extras that make such a big difference to every day living; things many people just take for granted. When the summer heat reaches 115 degrees, we make sure there are bottles of water for them, especially our homeless clients, and those walking or riding bicycles. I like to think of Matthews-Crossing as a little oasis for the people going through difficult times.
I have been volunteering at Matthew's Crossing Food Bank almost since it's inception and have watched it grow in the numbers of people that we are able to serve. We turn no one away and help fill the needs of our clients both physically and emotionally. Our goal is to serve the communities needy and bring smiles and hope to each and every one who comes through our doors.
I have worked with Matthew's Crossing for almost 2 years and my appreciation for the good work that they do for our community has grown each day. There are dedicated people volunteering their time and effort towards making a difference. The care and respect shown clientel is wonderful and heartwarming.
I have been active with Matthew’s Crossing for several years. I volunteered when this started as a small food bank giving food out of a church kitchen. It has been heartwarming to see this organization move forward to the excellent non-profit organization it is today. There have been many times when I have handed a bag of groceries to a person and seen the tears of gratitude running down their cheeks. There is no more joy for a volunteer than giving a teddy bear to a child and seeing their face light up and their eyes shine. My husband has served on the board of Matthew’s Crossing and we support all the good they are doing in our community. M &M Flinkman
This food bank is one of the finest I've volunteered for. Our clients are so happy we are there for them. It's a real feel good place to volunteer.
I volunteered for this non-profit shortly after moving to Arizona, and was very impressed by the operation. I have volunteered for many non-profit organizations, and was struck by how hard every worked to make the Matthews Crossing food bank a success for their community. I was also surprised by the variety of people in need of the food bank services. People from every race, age, and socioeconomic background came to fufill a basic necessity for their families. I am still proud to contribute through food donations and would love to volunteer for them again.