Educational and an enjoyable learning experience.
Enjoyable and educational! Each volunteer opportunity provides exposure to diversity which will further enhance my interpersonal skills with clients.
Learning new ways of adapting to clients individual needs. Having enriching conversations with clients as well as continuing to build good rapport with clients whenever possible! Very encouraged and inspired by my experience here!
Enriching as it allowed me to sharpen my interpersonal skills.
Valuable learning experience, gave lots of additional assistance today with clients during the pantry wall through.
Staff and fellow volunteers were very friendly and talkative. Clients were a delight. It is my pleasure to give my service for my internship to this organization.
Very pleasant experience! I had a challenging client but was paired with a fellow volunteer who was helpful. We worked together well and got through it smoothly. I was perplexed yet chose to focus outward on my client and what I could do to make her visit to the pantry a positive one. She clearly had some health challenges and was working through it as best as one would expect in her condition.
Very pleasant experience, lots of interaction with the clients today. I turned the rusty gears and was able to speak the minimal amount of Spanish I know. It felt good to be able to do that in spite of not being fluent in spanish.
I was also interacting lots with staff/volunteers today which was enjoyable.
A good experience overall. I was a bit aggravated by something but was able to work past it. I did not let it ruin my entire day. It felt good to express myself and move on. As a child I did a lot of ,stuffing my feelings, which carried into adolescence and even adulthood.
If nothing else I learned that letting feeling out is important and good to our own mental health. I obviously know this, however learning by doing, most often has a deeper impact and produces change. These things are all common knowledge to most, but I've discovered a new level of freedom putting this into practice daily.
This experience was enriching indeed. I assisted a client through the pantry that seemed to have a jet pack attached to him. He went so fast that it gave me some anxiety, however, i managed to not let it consume me. I remained cool and calm on the surface.
If nothing else, I feel this tested my ability to deal with anxiety. In the past I may not have dealt with this situation with such ease and humor. It showed me my own growth. All of the other clients that I had were pleasant, however there was one that questioned the rules. I gently redirected her while I assured her that it was indeed the way things are done around here. This is helping me practice having clear boundaries as I wasn't exposed to this during my own upbringing.
I'm enjoying mingling among fellow volunteers and the positive happy environment there. The staff is very friendly and accepting of me. This has been an enjoyable experience. I'm getting very positive vibes. It is a very consistent stable environment that is constant. I can rely on the fact that when I walk through that door each time I will see welcoming happy faces, at the risk of sounding a bit corny.
This experience was enriching as it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone a little. I will not get into detail, however I left with a "can do" positive outlook. I very much enjoy this environment as it is consistently positive. When anyone walks through the doors at Loaves and Fishes it feels like a second "home". It is inviting and full of people with warm and sunny attitudes. I like being a part of this volunteer group. I truly feel like I am making a difference.
Overall my experience was very pleasant. The staff at Loaves and Fishes were very welcoming of me. I was given an excellent person to train myself. I shadowed her for just 1 client and then I chose to go, I did not feel pressured by any means. I was told whenever I felt comfortable enough I could. Being given that option I felt empowered and encouraged. I was able to interact with fellow volunteers and have intellectually stimulating conversation as we were waiting to assist clients. Also, there is a small meeting before each session which is informative regarding any changes that might have taken place. Volunteers are also open to share their experiences whether good or bad time willing. At an organization such as this it is, there is a very diverse client base. This will be instrumental in giving me some valuable hands on experience.