My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Animals (and Humans) in Disaster Inc, Phoenix, AZ, USA
I started with Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2011, just to help CJ out and because it's such a worthy cause to volunteer for. It's been a lot of fun and the growth for such a small agency (at least it was small to begin with) has been amazing. I accepted a position on the Board in 2012, mostly because the agency needed help during this period of growth.
It's been very rewarding to see the various facets of the agency. One day we're unloading several dozen pallets of dog and cat food by hand with the help of a lot of volunteers. Then another day, we see the same food going out to supply food banks, churches, and to help disadvantaged military veterans. On the weekends, we're often at public events, talking about what the agency does, to raise a small amount money to pay for the coming week's activities. Most of our expenses are to pay for storage units and truck rentals to move the food. There's work for just about anyone who wants to volunteer doing whatever business activities you like to do. Some people write grants, some manage volunteers, and others distribute the food and other animal supplies to the receivers of the donations.
So the pets can stay with their owner families in cases where many of them would probably not have survived at all on the streets. In the process of finding help for their pets, a lot of people also get the help they really need. We work with food banks and churches for a reason. People will often ask for help for their pets when they won't ask for help for themselves.