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Margaret Ann

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Review for Open Arms of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Open Arms is a sunbeam in the dreary world of hunger. By preparing and delivering nutritious meals to clients with chronic and progressive diseases (HIV/AIDS, MS, cancer, ALS), we bring that sunbeam into our clients’ homes. When you envision a world of abundance where people won’t go hungry, you have to start small to accomplish such a big goal. I came to Open Arms 15 years ago as a volunteer. Hugs welcomed me into the doors of a “new” building. I made carrot cake, soup, sandwiches and many more delicious treats in quantities I couldn’t have fathomed before. I’ve stuffed and sealed envelopes, I set up and worked at fundraisers, I helped get our name into the community through outreach and media work. Always working next to a dedicated staff – a staff constantly looking for ways to serve more clients better. And always working next to volunteers – an amazing number are also still volunteering for Open Arms 15 years later. When our client need outgrew our building, we raised money and built a new building. The hugs, the volunteers, the staff and, yes, the love moved right into that new building and set up shop – motivated by the knowledge that with more space we can serve more clients and bring our goal of people not going hungry to fruition. When you start small, your work snowballs. Open Arms’ sunbeam ensures that our clients don’t go hungry – and each year we add more clients to our numbers.

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

The friendships I've made, the hugs I've received and the knowledge that people who are ill are eating regularly and well because Open Arms is in their lives

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

continue to give them the capacity to expand services here and in South Africa

Role:  Volunteer & I helped prepare nutritious meals for clients with chronic diseases and helped build the infrastructure to continue this