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

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about Open Arms MN when a friend and I visited their new facility during their grand opening. I was impressed with their staff and mission statement and decided to apply for a volunteer position. I've been a volunteer since the summer of 2010, and I could not be more satisfied with my experience with Open Arms MN. The staff is sassy and friendly, and the clients are polite and charming. Whether it be on the busy mornings preparing weekly food packages for delivery, or on the afternoons helping out with phone calls at the front desk, I would always leave Open Arms with a feeling of charity, joy, and optimism. Be they potential clients, volunteers, or donors, I recommend Open Arms MN to all!

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

I recall a phone call from a client who had just started receiving our services. Through a choked-up voice, she delivered a tearful 'thank you' to me and Open Arms for all we had done to help her. She could not believe the quality of service and food that we provided. I was touched with her account, and it reminded me of how much our client's appreciate the hard work of our staff and volunteers.

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

I would consider opening up the kitchen to the public. Not only is most of the food organic and/or natural, it's also DELICIOUS! (Most donors aren't aware of how varied and scrumptious the weekly menu is at Open Arms!) I think having an Open Arms restaurant would be a great way to increase visibility in the community as well as help raise some funds.

Role:  Volunteer & I helped prepare food meals for delivery. (fruit, salad, and soups) I also assisted with the hospitality desk. I directed phone calls and answered clients' questions.