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PVI Meals on Wheels joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Subaru Share the Love Event® helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to

San Mateo County’s seniors

Menlo Park, CA  December 5, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the ninth year running. From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity.

By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors right here in San Mateo County.

“In fiscal year 2016 Subaru Share the Love Event supported the delivery of over 75,000 home delivered meals to older adults who cannot shop or cook for themselves,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director PVI Nutrition Services.

Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like PVI Meals on Wheels, will receive a share of the revenue raised by Subaru in their state. PVI Meals on Wheels has partnered with Putnam Subaru in Burlingame to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event.

“It is a true testament to the value of Meals on Wheels and the strength of our nationwide network that Subaru of America and its customers choose to give back to this vital service year after year,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since its inception, Share the Love has helped deliver more than 1.4 million meals to seniors served by Meals on Wheels. It is our hope that this year’s event ensures that even more seniors receive the nourishment they need to continue living independently at home.”

This year, for the first time throughout the life of the program, there will be no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. By the end of this year’s event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love.

“We at Subaru are thrilled to support our national and hometown charity partners for the ninth consecutive year,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. “Through the Share the Love platform we are proud to continue our commitment to the causes our customers care about most and look forward to exceeding a grand total of $90 million donated through this initiative.”

For more information, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

About PVI

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

PVI and Lyft to Honor all who Served, with Lunch on Veterans Day at Little House

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Celebration to Feature Presentations by Derrick Felton of the Palo Alto VA,
the Boy Scouts of America, and the Menlo Atherton Choir

 

MENLO PARK, CA – Oct. 28, 2016 – - In tribute to all those who have served in the armed forces, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI), will offer a complimentary lunch to all veterans and their families this Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Free transportation to and from the event will be provided by Lyft.

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to honor those that have served our country, and we’re so excited to partner with an innovative business in Lyft to ensure that any Veteran in our community is able to attend, regardless of their access to transportation,” said Peter Olson, CEO of PVI.

The complimentary lunch will include Cornish game hen, cranberry rice pilaf, green beans amandine, garden salad, and mini cheese cake. Non-military guests are asked to pay $10 for lunch. Ceremonial remarks by Derrick Felton, Team Leader at the Palo Alto VA will begin at noon, with a presentation by the Boys Scouts of America and a musical performance by the Menlo Atherton Choir.

The event will be held at Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025. More information and directions are available at www.penvol.org. An RSVP is requested at (650) 272-5045.

About PVI

For almost 70 years, PVI has provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. PVI provides innovative services including affordable senior housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. www.penvol.org.

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to reconnect people and communities through better transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 200 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to affecting positive change for the future of our cities.

 

 

Fabulous Shopping Experience Returns at Peninsula Volunteers Baubles, Bangles and Bags

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Event is Fundraiser for Menlo Park Non-Profit Dedicated to Providing Quality Senior Services

MENLO PARK, CA – Sept. 19, 2016 – - The eighth annual Baubles Bangles and Bags arrives at the Menlo Circus Club on Monday, November 7, 2016.  Peninsula Volunteers’ signature silent auction is always a shopping paradise with vintage, designer and specialty handbags and baubles, as well as themed gift baskets, mystery boxes, and four special Christmas trees.   There will be some very special handbags available for purchase, including a Judith Leiber Carousel bag donated by Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey of San Francisco, and a very unique Hermes Vibrato Kelly bag.   Other in-demand labels include Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo, and Stella McCartney.

The day consists of silent auction, champagne and specialty cheeses, seated luncheon and special speakers, including:

Christopher Tattanelli is a member of a four generation Italian family business, Il Fiorentino, that produces high end leather goods for five leading international brands,.  Christopher will enthrall attendees with insider information on how to identify a well made handbag and what “Made in Italy” truly means.

Ashley McCumber, Executive Director and CEO of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and Chair of the Board of Meals on Wheels America, will be a special guest and will share information about the trends in senior hunger.

Chaired by Mrs. Gidu Shroff of Atherton, the event co-chairs include: Mrs. Gary Carville of Los Altos, Mrs. John Grillos of Sonoma, Mrs. John Jerrehian of Los Altos Hills, Mrs. Bob Sturm of Rocklin, and Mrs. Jim Woodson of Atherton.

Tickets are $175 and are available by calling Cathy Duhring at 650-272-5001.

About PVI – For almost 70 years, PVI has provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectance lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness. PVI provides innovative services including affordable senior housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.

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Peter Olson Appointed CEO for Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. (PVI), a non-profit organization serving older adults on the mid-Peninsula, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Olson as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Serving as PVI’s Director of Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, since 2010, Peter is ideally suited to provide leadership for PVI as it enters into its next chapter of expanding services and evolving to meet the needs of today’s seniors.

As CEO Peter will oversee Peninsula Volunteers‘ four major programs:
1) Meals on Wheels providing over 78,000 hot, nutritious meals yearly to home-bound older adults in San Mateo County;  2) Rosener House , Adult Day Services providing a therapeutic activity program for over 150 clients and respite care for 400+ family caregivers; 3) Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, providing an extensive array of services centered on health, wellness, and social interaction to over 3,500 community members annually; 4) Senior Housing in Menlo Park currently providing 82% of the affordable housing for community seniors;.

“I am excited to lead Peninsula Volunteers into its eighth decade,” said Peter Olson, CEO of PVI.  “Since opening its doors in 1947, PVI has been providing quality, innovative services and housing for the aging adults in Menlo Park and beyond, and it thrills me to carry this legacy forward.”

“We are delighted that Peter Olson has agreed to accept the role of CEO and lead Peninsula Volunteers in addressing the ever evolving needs of our growing senior population,” said Susan Sweeney, outgoing Board Chair of PVI.  “His excellent nonprofit leadership skills, his enthusiasm and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, and his vision and breadth of understanding of our senior community and the opportunities ahead for PVI make Peter the perfect leader in moving the organization forward in its expanding community role.”

In addition to his experiences at PVI, Peter has over 25 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, specifically older adults, individuals with special needs, and children. Peter’s professional experience includes the Director, Public Affairs and Communications for Easter Seals Bay Area and the Health and Wellness Director at the Easter Seals Timpany Center in San Jose. A graduate of San Jose State University, Peter enjoys the active outdoor lifestyle of the San Francisco Peninsula, spending time fishing, backpacking, cycling and is dedicated to spending time with his daughter.

Started by a group of forward thinking community leaders in 1947, PVI is a pioneer in providing high quality programs for Peninsula seniors, enabling them to maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  During the last year the PVI board and staff have been working with community leaders to align the services of Little House more closely to the needs of a changing senior population.

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About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is a pioneer serving older adults. Through its programs – Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, – more than $5 million in services are delivered each year to 4,500 households, including 150,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound.  Peninsula Volunteers Properties (PVP) provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park.

Combatting Senior Malnutrition

Friday, September 30th, 2016

By Holly Kellner Greuling RDN, National Nutritionist for the Administration on Aging

Senior Malnutrition in our country is an epidemic hiding in plain sight. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of older Americans are malnourished. During Malnutrition Awareness week let’s commit to ending this problem.

Many inter-related factors can contribute to malnutrition. Some elderly people may live in a food desert and may not be able to buy nutrient-dense food. Some may not have the stamina to cook a meal or may not want to cook because they are feeling down. Others may not eat because they do not feel well enough to eat.

Many people are surprised to hear that malnutrition in our country is usually not due to a lack of funds to purchase food. But if you know someone who struggles to eat well for financial reasons, help is available. The USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help people determine whether they qualify.

Malnutrition is defined as a nutrition imbalance that affects both overweight and underweight individuals and it sneaks up on people. Because malnutrition generally occurs over time, you cannot suspect malnutrition from just looking at someone. That is why malnutrition hides in plain sight.

Fortunately, there are changes that you can watch for that serve as clues:

  • Unintentional weight loss of 5 percent of body weight or more per month, even if overweight
  • Normally worn clothes looking loose or baggy
  • Eating less at meal time
  • Failing strength, wobbly walking or weakened hand grip
  • Changes in denture fit, or dentures that appear to be floating in the mouth

Malnutrition greatly affects one’s abilities to remain healthy, especially when faced with a serious health situation. In fact, approximately 30 percent of older people admitted to the hospital arrive malnourished and being malnourished while in the hospital will generally increase the length of stay.

The Aging Network created through the Older Americans Act has provided community-based nutrition programs that help sustain the nutritional status of older adults since 1972. The network has the knowledge to address senior malnutrition within the community and can partner effectively with local providers and health care organizations that serve older adults. And we know these programs work: In recent surveys, 76 percent of people who participate in meals programs at senior centers and in other group settings indicated that they eat healthier foods and that their health has improved as a result of the nutrition program. Eighty-four percent of the people who receive home-delivered meals indicate the same.

Want to help decrease senior malnutrition? Please consider the following:

  • If you are concerned about your nutritional status or that of a loved one:
  • If you or your loved one are hospitalized and have been diagnosed with malnutrition:
    • Ask how it will be handled after discharge.
  • If you represent a community-based health care organization, or your program is funded by the Older Americans Act:
  • If you are a health care provider:
    • Add an in-home nutritional assessment and (if necessary) nutritional programs to your services. This one service could help you locate your malnourished participants in enough time to act and prevent further decline.
  • If you are a medical provider or health care institution:
    • Establish protocols for malnutrition screening and offer nutritional interventions during hospitalization and after discharge.

We can make a difference in the fight against Senior Malnutrition. The actions you take now could decrease the incidence, emotional strain, and health care costs associated with this generally treatable condition.

Brought to you by the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels Awarded Grant From the W. K. Kellogg Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Menlo Park, California, September 12, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels has been selected to receive a much-needed grant from the Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund to greatly expand service to the north of its traditional service area.  This expansion, in two phases, first as far north as San Bruno, and then in the second phase to Daly City, will effectively double the number of homebound seniors and people with disabilities in San Mateo County who will receive the daily, hot nutritious meal provided by PVI Meals on Wheels.

The Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund grant of $20,000, administered by Meals on Wheels America, will support the delivery of 44,000 meals to program participants who previously received frozen meals one time per week.  PVI Meals on Wheels drivers not only deliver each meal, they are trained to check on the well-being of each meal recipient and take action if anything is amiss.  Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels, expressed her gratitude for this grant, “I am honored we were chosen.  The Kellogg Company Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund grant advances our expansion plan and supports our mission to increase food security and access to nutritious food, keeping older adults and adults with disabilities well-nourished and healthy, living independently in their own homes.”

Kellogg is the breakfast cereal company founded by Will Keith Kellogg in 1898 — In a fortunately failed attempt at making granola, W.K. Kellogg, and his brother, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, changed breakfast forever when they accidentally flaked wheat berry. W.K. kept experimenting until he flaked corn, and created the delicious recipe for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.  So it is no surprise that the Company’s Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund seeks to support health and nutrition.

PVI Meals on Wheels has been providing home delivered meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities in south San Mateo County since 1978.  It is supported in part by a contract with San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services through Older Americans Act funds, which make up less than half of the cost of providing the meals.  Fundraising and donations are needed to supplement that funding.

 

About PVI:

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

About Meals on Wheels America:

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

 

FACEBOOK LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS PVI MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM $2,500

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Safety-Net Service Will Benefit Menlo Park-Belle Haven and East Palo Alto Seniors

June 30, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA Peninsula Volunteers is pleased to continue its collaborative efforts with Facebook to assist seniors in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, in this case seniors who are not able to cook or shop for themselves and wish to remain in their own homes.  PVI Meals on Wheels will increase food security and increase access to nutritious food by delivering hot, nutritious meals to program participants 252 days per year, with additional meals provided for holidays and weekends.  The program will increase the Menlo Park-Bell Haven and East Palo Alto seniors’ knowledge and literacy about nutrition through bi-monthly nutrition education to meal participants on topics related to healthy diet and its impact on health.   Additionally, participants will receive a daily safety and wellness check during the meal delivery.  Staff and volunteer delivery personnel are trained to be alert to changing or immediate critical safety needs, increasing the quality of life for these older adults.

Meals on Wheels makes it possible for older residents to remain in their own homes for as long as it is safely possible, even when they need some assistance to do so.  PVI Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals to residents of south San Mateo County since 1978, and recently has expanded service to include central county as far north as San Bruno.  PVI Meals on Wheels is partly funded through San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services with funds from the Older Americans Act.  Fundraising and grants such as the Facebook Local Community Fund Grant are needed to help subsidize over half of the program’s expenses.   Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is grateful to Facebook and the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for making this grant possible.

About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.

For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula.  PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives.  As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness.  PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center.  www.penvol.org

 

Issues Facing Older Drivers Who May be Losing their Ability to Drive

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Below is a story from the Caregivers Library (www.caregiverslibrary.org) about the issues facing seniors, as they lose their ability to drive. At Little House, we’ve come up with a way to help our non-driving members stay active here at Little House. Through a partnership with the Sequoia Healthcare District, we will coordinate rides to and from Little House via Lyft – all for only $4.00 per ride (the rest of the cost is subsidized). So don’t let a transportation issue keep you from participating in all the activities you want at Little House!

 

Losing The Ability To Drive

Currently, there are about 8.4 million senior citizens who depend on others for their transportation. Shortly, the number of older drivers will more than double, making the issue of senior transportation even more critical. In fact, according to the Administration on Aging, by the year 2030 the number of drivers over age 85 will be 4–5 times what it is today. Because America’s roads and automobiles are not designed for the existing elderly population—and because the skills and abilities associated with driving tend to diminish with age—viable alternate forms of transportation for the elderly will continue to be an important issue for years to come.

Generally, no individual plans for a time when he or she will no longer be able to drive. In fact, your loved one probably assumes that he or she will know when to stop driving, and at the same time, he or she probably believes that some of his or her friends aren’t safe drivers. Most individuals, however, never realize that it is time to stop driving. Instead, when faced with the lack of access to essential services, loss of social independence, reduced mobility, and isolation that come as a result of restricted or terminated driving privileges, an older adult often becomes defensive of his or her ability and right to drive. Even individuals who realize that driving may pose a threat to themselves and others struggle through the question of whether or not to give up the wheel.

As a caregiver, you may also struggle with when and how to tell your loved one that he or she needs to restrict or terminate driving activities. Even health care professionals and policy makers who are somewhat removed from the issue struggle to decide what conditions constitute poor driving behavior and the need for driving restrictions.

If your loved one recognizes his or her loss of driving ability or skill, he or she can use adapted driving patterns, thereby increasing his or her safety. The age-related changes associated with driving often occur in a predictable sequence over a number of years and cause a gradual narrowing the individual’s social world. These changes include:

  1. Physical and mental changes
  2. Age-related functional declines or skill loss lead to less driving
  3. Less driving leads to less overall mobility
  4. Less overall mobility leads to increased isolation and other quality of life changes

While these changes happen to many individuals, your loved one won’t necessarily experience each one. In fact, the condition of seniors who receive support throughout this process may even improve because these individuals benefit from programs—including alternative transportation modes, driver retraining, physical therapy, or relocation—for seniors with driving difficulties. These individuals generally:

  • Have a strong connection to a religious organization
  • Live in communities with viable non-driving transportation
  • Live with children or have children in the area
  • Reduce social activities and personal expectations to fit present circumstances
  • Have spouses or significant others who drive
  • Have sufficient financial resources to secure transportation
  • Have the physical ability to use alternate methods of transportation

However, the majority of older adults are not supported throughout this process and experience emotional, mobility, monetary, psychological, and social loss. More specifically, these losses can include feeling a loss of social status and spontaneity and an increase in planning and waiting time. Often, a non-driving individual feels that he or she must always plan around others’ schedules, and that trips are increasingly made out of necessity rather than for social reasons. These feelings can make asking family and friends for transportation incredibly difficult.

This may be especially true if your loved one has always been independent and self-sufficient. Such individuals often feel that the requested transportation is a favor that can’t be repaid. In contrast, whereas most caregivers would like their loved ones to feel comfortable requesting transportation, providing such transportation makes demands on caregivers’ time and money.

Alternate Transportation

The types of alternate transportation available in your loved one’s community will depend on the location and structure of the community. There are three general types of transportation for the elderly, including door-to-door, fixed route, and ridesharing. Door-to-door, or demand response, is a system where advance reservations are made to take an elderly individual from one place to another. Normally these services provide comfort and flexibility, and charge a small fee. Fixed route or scheduled services transport elderly individuals between fixed stops on a route. For this reason, reservations are not required, although a small fee is often charged for each ride. Finally, ridesharing programs coordinate rides for elderly persons with someone who has automobile space. Ridesharing is scheduled and involves a specific destination such as medical appointments, nutrition sites, places of employment, or senior centers.

Unfortunately for some older adults, some of the same skills and abilities that are associated with driving are required for the safe use of many alternate transportation methods. Yet, multiple interventions have been suggested as possible methods for lessening the consequences of this transition. These include:

  • Factual educational materials provided to the elderly
  • Improving driver capabilities
  • Improving mass transit and the image of mass transit
  • Positively framed discussions relating to the driving transition
  • Programs that offer dignified transportation for the elderly

The Administration on Aging is currently calling for these changes to be made as soon as possible, as the predicted increase in elderly drivers, traffic fatalities related to elderly driving, and social isolation resulting from the driving-to-non-driving transition continues. In the meantime, it is important for you, as a caregiver, to help your loved one obtain and use safe methods of transportation.

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PVI World: Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Volunteering is an important aspect of many people’s lives. It is good for your mind, can help you feel more fulfilled, connect you to others, and give you a sense of purpose. Overall, it gives people a good feeling that they can only receive by helping someone else.

 

PVI could not function without our volunteers. They are an active part of all our programs, from the lunch servers at Little House to senior companions at Rosener House to packers and drivers for Meals on Wheels. As our programs grow to serve more seniors we always need additional help. Meals on Wheels is doubling their service area, with 100 more meals being delivered each day. With 1 in 7 seniors struggling with hunger, this expansion lets us reach a whole new group of seniors. Our program is able to deliver hot meals to seniors who live alone and are not able to shop or cook because of illnesses, disabilities, etc. We deliver in San Mateo County from San Bruno to East Palo Alto.

 

 

How can you help?

We are in need of more drivers for each weekday to provide hot meals to a growing group of seniors. We require volunteers to be available between 9:30 AM to 12 PM and to use their own vehicle and gasoline. If you are interested in volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver or have any questions, please contact Victoria Cormack at vcormack@peninsulavolunteers.org or 650-326-0665 ext. 5108

 

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PVI World: 13 Activities to do With Your Grandchildren Before Summer Ends

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Summer is coming to a close and school is about to start, but there is still time to make the most of these last few weeks with the grandchildren.

Here is a list of fun summer activities you can do right here in the Bay Area:

1. Check out the teamLab art museum right down the street from Rosener House and Little House. This museum is a family friendly place that includes space art with music and glowing lights.

2. Visit Ghiradelli Square; the home of the most delicious chocolate you can get in California. Enjoy the restaurants and shops, but don’t forget to witness the amazing view of the bay.

3. Go to a Giant’s or A’s game.

4. Have a beach day at Capitola Beach.

5. Go on a Jelly Belly factory tour.

6. Take an excursion to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn a lot about aquatic life. Be sure to take your grandchildren to the hands-on exhibit where you can actually touch and feel certain sea creatures. While you are at the aquarium for the day, you could also take a stroll down Cannery Row to see all the nice shops and boutiques.

7. Have your grandchildren spend the night at your house and stay up a little past their bedtime to watch movies.

8. Visit the SF zoo.

9. Go to the Randall Museum in the city to learn about science and natural history.

10. Spend a day at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to enjoy an amusement park and a beach at the same time.

11. Have a picnic. Some beautiful spots in the city include Crissy Field, Mother’s Meadow in Golden Gate Park, and Ocean Beach.

12. Go to Filoli; a country estate with gardens, an art exhibit, and the historic Filoli house.

13. Take a walk up to Tank Hill Park in San Francisco to experience the great view of the city.

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