My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
I began volunteering at Open Arms about 5 years ago when my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her diagnosis and illness were devastating to me - we knew her cancer was terminal and, although I helped in her care, I knew that care was palliative and not curative. Volunteering at Open Arms gave me a chance to help others in a way that I knew helped in their healing. I learned from my Mom how to love cooking and feeding others, so it seemed the perfect fit. When my Mom passed away, I could not have asked for a more supportive group of people than the staff and other volunteers at Open Arms. I love my Monday morning volunteer shift in the kitchen and look forward to it every week. We sing along to the radio and swap recipes and share our lives and laugh a lot. I know my Mom is looking down on me and smiling every time she sees me working my shift
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the support and care I've received as a result of my volunteering. I have also met several people who have been clients of Open Arms and heard their stories of how much it meant to them to not have to worry about shopping or cooking for themselves or their family during a time when they needed to concentrate on healing.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
grow it even larger to accommodate the many people who need our services.