My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, Oakland, CA, USA
For the past two years I have volunteered once/week in the Free Dining Room in downtown Oakland. I am grateful for the opportunity to help others and find the experience very rewarding. I enjoy working with the regular group of volunteers as well as with high school and college students and members of the business community who join us often. I also enjoy working with the paid staff members in the kitchen and the Community Center as well as meeting and working with the culinary students in the Kitchen of Champions program. SVdP works to provide more than a daily meal for our guests who also receive information and services to help themselves and their families (sewing classes, women and men's centers, health services, job placement). SVdP is involved in the Oakland community and works to establish and maintain relationships with the Mayor and the Court System (Homeless Court is conducted at the Community Center). I have a strong commitment to this organization and have become a member of the Development Committee and the Board of Trustees. SVdP is truly an organization in service to others.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
...seeing students and clients receive jobs.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
...hope that there would be a way to secure more funding for the programs.
Thank you Cindy! We couldn't do the good work without our regular supporters and friends, and are so glad you shared your experience online to inspire others! See you soon.