Open Arms has created a community where the volunteers receive as much from the organization as the clients served. I have been volunteering for about 8 years, mainly delivering meals. Volunteer management is excellent, well organized and personal. For the past two years,
Mission: Our mission: With open arms, we nourish body, mind and soul. We are the only program of our kind and scope in Minnesota.
Results: Since 1986 we have delivered over two million meals and expect to deliver our three millionth meal in mid-2012.
Target demographics: We serve clients with life-threatening illnesses like HIV/AIDS, cancer, breast cancer, MS and dozens of other diseases. Income is not part of our criteria, only a diagnosis of illness from a medical professional.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2012, we estimate that we will serve over 2,000 clients in the course of the year.
Programs: In 2012, Open Arms will cook and deliver more than 450,000 meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, ALS, breast cancer, MS and more than 60 other diseases. We also provide meals for their caregivers and dependent children. Each week, our clients receive five days' worth of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We believe that eating delicious, nutritious meals helps make our clients' medicines and treatments more effective, so they are able to lead healthier, more independent lives.
Open Arms has created a community where the volunteers receive as much from the organization as the clients served. I have been volunteering for about 8 years, mainly delivering meals. Volunteer management is excellent, well organized and personal. For the past two years, I have been volunteering with one of my various nephews most Saturday mornings. It has been a wonderful experience doing this together and has opened their world to one of service. They experience first hand how important a good meal is and the clients are appreciative and they want to help -- and that all types of people need help. The new facility is great, the farm is great, but the best is thing about Open Arms is they allow us to help make some sick person and / or their family's week just a little easier.