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Review for Ceres Community Project, Sebastopol, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Ceres Community Project truly saves lives. About once a week for the majority of my high school career, I made the pilgrimage to the Ceres kitchen and experienced what it feels like to heal people in dire need. The food we prepare for our clients is crafted with love and care, and every single teen who helps with a meal puts their love and hope into the food. It's always been difficult for me to decide who benefits more from the project, our clients, or the teens. An experience I had in the kitchen a few months ago can illustrate the impact our program has on all of its participants. I was washing dishes with a few other teens, when a woman passed through the doorway. We could tell immediately that she was a client by the scarf she had wrapped around her bald scalp, and by the bag of containers she was bringing back to us. We greeted her, chatted for a brief moment, and then she paused, and said with no preamble whatsoever, "I want to thank you for saving my life." Then with a warm, grateful smile she passed from the kitchen. How many 17 year olds can say they have experienced something like this? In the Ceres Project, we are all aware of the lives we are giving back to our patients, and of the impact our work is having on us. Ceres is an incredibly unique program that deserves far more than 5 stars!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have become quite a good cook and I am looking forward to volunteering for the rest of my life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The sense of welcome and community that eminates from the kitchen and from the delicious food we create. I also love the joy that comes with giving your time and love to another with no thought of return.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone from homeschooled kids to honor students graduating from high school, retired professional chefs, and caring members of the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ceres could prepare more food for people in need, and save more lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & For the past two and a half years I have been a teen chef in the Ceres kicthen, helping prepare healthy, wholesome meals for people suffering from dehibilitating illnesses.