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Susie Raye

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Review for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am both a donor and volunteer with Second Harvest. I love coordinating members of my club to come work at Second Harvest on a Saturday morning. We get pretty dirty sorting cans and filling boxes, but we leave with such satisfaction knowing that our work will help people in our community. I also coordinate food donations at the holidays, as well as personally donating monthly. It's important to me that Second Harvest works locally in my community, helping those in need.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Samaritan House, San Mateo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am both a donor and a volunteer. I coordinate donations for my club to Samaritan House over the summer collecting school supplies and at the holidays with toys. I really like working with Samaritan House, especially as all of the work and donations stay right in my local community.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported Second Harvest financially for many years. In the last couple of years I've added volunteering at their site doing food distribution: sorting cans and bagging goods. I always leave the Second Harvest site feeling wonderful, I know I've made a difference in someone's life - the work is so direct to the needs of my community! The work is easy and fun. I coordinate volunteer work for my local democratic club and we try to be at Second Harvest a couple times a year. What I personally like best about Second Harvest is how their work is used in my local community. Rita, the organizer at Second Harvest in San Carlos, always starts the Saturday morning food sorts by telling the volunteers where the food is going and how much our work counts. We do the work that would cost this organization thousands of dollars a year (actually I think it's much, much more than that, more like $1m/year). As a financial supporter too, I know that my money is used well, with the majority going towards providing food in my community. What I don't see is wasteful mail with mailing labels, etc. that I receive from so many other groups. Second Harvest is one of the main groups I support each year and I highly recommend them to my family and friends.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I only donate money to a few organizations because I want my money to stay in my local community. This is one of the reasons I love Second Harvest! Everything I donate goes to feed the hungry here at home. I donate monthly, for me this is a simple way to make a larger annual donation. I have also volunteered several times with my local political club sorting foods at the Bing Center. getting it ready to send out into the community. These events leave us all feeling good, knowing we have helped our community in so many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish they could handle even more volunteers as many times we have to wait for an opening to work at food distribution! there seem to be more volunteers than can be used. Mainly I wish there was no need for Second Harvest to exist, but I'm so glad they are around to help those in need. I am always impressed at how well it's organized every time we go to volunteer, great work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer