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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering in the kitchen at Open Arms for 16 months. I arrive weekly at 5:00 and they are prepared for me and put me to work; I never feel as though I am wasting time. The shifts are well managed and coordination of cooking/packing projects appear seamless from my perspective. The staff is always friendly and open to volunteer feedback. The professionalism of the chefs is reflected in the high quality food they prepare daily for delivery. The new building has changed the dynamics of each shift but allows Open Arms to take their services to next level. The increasing need for these services could not be sustained in the old space. The Staff and Board of Directors long range vision allows for expansion of our services into the next decade. I look forward to my shift each week and have only cancelled a couple of times when it could not be avoided. I have met some awesome people during my shifts and it is an incredible feeling to spend two hours a week with a group of individuals sharing the same vision!! Everyone at Open Arms is appreciative of all the volunteers and do not take us for granted. They welcome you in at the beginning of your shift and Thank you as they tell you it is time to leave; never asking for more than you can give in time and effort.

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

Sharing in the common good of individuals in my community as well as the world wide efforts of Open Arms.

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

Ensure that the "closeness" of the community of Open Arms is maintained as they continue to grow. The culture of the space changes as it physically grows and the bonding achieved when working in close quarters is remarkable and life changing; it should not be lost.

Role:  Volunteer & I help prepare food and package meals for delivery.