The clients are everything at this place. Their stories, their resilience and their humour are both inspiring and enlightening. While it's difficult work, you will leave each day with a relatively full heart.
Drop in Staff (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 9 October 2017
Poor staff training Staff are left closing alone. Staff are violant towards clients. Confidentiality is not respected by management Dont apply if you have a disability you will be treated poorly. Staff are lazy and sleep on the job. Food donations are plentyfull yet they ask for money youll rarely see juice or milk for patrons. Staff degrade individuLs over walkie talkies. Mental health patrons are turned away
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 10 March 2017
A typical day volunteering was basically putting away donations into separate bins as well as interacting with customers who come to shop. The hardest part, as well as the most enjoyable, is interacting with the various people who arrive.
Clean and organize the basement with donated goods.
Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 14 August 2016
I prepared and served lunches to the less fortunate. I learned what to do and how to act when a person is putting myself and others in danger, i also learned how to properly store things and make things look good. I found the most diffucult part was when you had to say no to a person when asked for more food. I enjoyed it when i seen people grateful and happy for the food they have recieved.
Front Line Services (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, Manitoba – 6 September 2015
It was a very safe experience and I felt very good to help others in need of food and clean clothing. It helped me open my eyes to the general public in the city of Winnipeg where I choose to live everyday.
Assistant (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 29 May 2014
My job is as an assistant to prepare food for the homeless people. I do a kind of things, such as peer potatoes, decorated cupcakes, and cut vegetables. The most interesting thing is finish operation flow with other Canadians. Indeed, I practice my English speaking and make friends. Moreover, the homeless people are always friendly. I am so happy that I can help them.
Data Entry Clerk (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 13 May 2014
(Full Time) -I process donations made by donors, make thank you phone calls, print receipts for special situations, process Gift In Kind donations, sort, organize and open mail on a daily basis, entering proper donor information in our database, checking processed work for coworkers, making phone calls to ensure correct information and also listening to their feedback and making any changes for donors (re; amount of mail, receipts to be mailed, etc)
What I've learned; -Office/Administrative skills -Customer Service -Supervisory skills -Accountability -Building trust among coworkers
Management; -Dealing situations with respect and courtesy -Correct volunteers with the right administrative procedures with respect -Keep volunteers on track
Coworkers; -Very friendly people, encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, have lots of patience, have taught me lots of office administrative skills, respectful.
Hardest part of job; -Motivation when mail gets slow (ie; less processing, finding other things to do around the office) -Dealing with upset donors
Enjoyable part of job; -Work events; building relationships -Learning new administrative skills -Work changes day to day -Working with coworkers & volunteers
Worked 8-4, Monday to Friday. The best part of the job was working with the staff, volunteers and patrons. The worst part of the job was the inside politics. The staff were awesome and I was blessed to work with them. I learned that I believe in and love to support charitable organizations but that it is often more difficult to work for the organizations than it would appear from the outside looking in.
Great working atmosphere and wonderful people!
Difficult working with people that do not hold up the organization's values.