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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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Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels receives $1,250 for Participation in Meals on Wheels America’s 2016 March for Meals

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Funding for the 14th Annual Awareness Campaign Made Possible by Subaru’s Share the Love Event

Menlo Park, CA, June 30, 2016 – PVI Meals on Wheels is proud to announce that it has received a $1,250 grant award from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in the 14th Annual March for Meals campaign. This past March was PVI Meals on Wheels’ 10th year participating in the national Meals on Wheels awareness campaign designed to celebrate the proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten.

PVI Meals on Wheels celebrated March for Meals-Community Champions Day on March 23rd.   The annual breakfast event was attended by a member of the San Mateo County Supervisors and elected mayors and council members from each of the eight cities/towns PVI Meals on Wheels delivers.  In addition, representatives from Sequoia Healthcare District (a key funder) and San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services attended.  “We are excited to have the Mayors from the cities we serve engage in a hands-on experience with such a vital human service – driving the meals to our homebound seniors.  As people are living longer, national studies show that senior hunger is a major health threat. There is no more basic need than food, and about 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County alone – our most vulnerable population – face the peril of hunger. Without these daily hot meals and safety checks our seniors would be truly alone and at great risk,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of PVI Meals on Wheels.

Nearly $400,000 has been granted to 265 local Meals on Wheels programs and one Meals on Wheels America-affiliated State Association based on their March for Meals efforts. This year’s grants were made possible through the generosity of Subaru of America, Inc. and its eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016, $250 was donated to a customer’s choice of a national or hometown charity for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased. Meals on Wheels America has been a participating national charity since the event’s inception in 2008.  Locally, Putnam Subaru donated $2,500 to support the PVI March for Meals event.

“The March for Meals grant program is our way of recognizing Meals on Wheels America Members for their efforts to raise awareness and much-needed support for the critical service they provide their communities,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Together, we can change the way this country cares for its seniors.”  For more information, visit marchformeals.com.

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

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 World: Why Staying Hydrated is Crucial for Your Health

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Did you know that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Staying hydrated throughout the day is an essential part of a person’s overall health, yet 3 out of 4 Americans fall short of their daily water intake.

As you age, you are at a higher risk of mild dehydration for several reasons:
• Sense of thirst deteriorates with age.
• Kidney function deteriorates with age and therefore the kidneys may not be able to hold fluid as well.
• Some medications that adults take may be diuretic, meaning that the medication causes an individual to urinate more frequently.
• Seniors with dementia may not remember to drink fluids throughout the day.
• It may be too much for seniors to get up constantly to get water or use the bathroom.



If you’re feeling any of the following symptoms, you might be experiencing dehydration:
• Thirst
• Dry skin
• Dry mouth
• Dizziness
• Low blood pressure
• Low urine output
• Constipation
• Tiredness
• Irritability



WHY Should you Stay Hydrated?

Weight loss. Drinking water can make you feel full and can boost your metabolism.
Prevents cancer. Studies have shown that drinking more water can reduce your risk of cancer. Staying hydrated can reduce your risk of breast cancer and heart attacks, your risk of colon cancer by 45%, and your risk of bladder cancer by 50%.
Less joint pain. Water can lessen the pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage hydrated and soft.
Prevents headaches.
Boosts your energy levels.
Keeps skin healthy. Hydration prevents wrinkles and blemishes by tightening the elasticity of your skin.


HOW can you Stay Hydrated?

Use the secret formula. To figure out how much water you should drink a day, take half of your body weight and drink approximately this amount in ounces every day.
Use a portable water bottle.

Make goals and deadlines. You might find it helpful to make goals throughout the day to say you will drink this amount of water by this time. For example, you could make it a habit to drink a cup right after you wake up.
Make a schedule. You could make up a hydration schedule to make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day.

Accessibility. Whether you have a water bottle on your desk at work or even just have one lying around while doing other activities, keep your water close to you and try to leave the cap off as much as possible.
Add produce. If you do not like the taste of plain water, you can actually hydrate yourself by eating more fruits and vegetables because many are made up of mostly water.
Check your urine. If you are well hydrated, your urine should be a pale yellow or clear color.

Overall, hydration is an important factor when it comes to your health. You should try to stay hydrated as much as possible so that you can promote healthy aging and be the healthiest that you can be!


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Hello World!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Hello PVI World and welcome to PVI’s first ever online blog! My name is Kyle Taylor and I am your go-to blogger for all things PVI and more. I am a student at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and next year I will be a junior. We are excited to launch this blog because it means PVI is growing and expanding our online presence.



The quote above may be cheesy, but its message isn’t. Being actively a part of a community is important because it gives people shoulders to lean on and a place where they can go if they need help or guidance in their lives. It enriches people’s lives by providing a place where people can learn from each other and form new relationships. In the PVI community, you can form friendships, learn from one another, and lend a helping hand to each other. To capture and share the goodness and the great moments that occur in our community, this blog has been created.

A first blog post can be difficult to write because often in life, the first step is always the hardest. To answer all of the questions that you may have about this new blog and to go into detail about what it has to offer, I will continue this post in a Q&A type fashion.


Why was this blog created?


This blog was created to connect the members of PVI World to each other and to the wider community. By sharing stories, insight, tips, and various other forms of knowledge, PVI has a place to voice their opinion and to communicate about topics that pertain to PVI World. The blog will allow us to communicate more frequently and help you feel more a part of the community.


What kinds of things will be posted on this blog?


The posts on this page will include a variety of topics, including tips on how to stay healthy, community service stories, recipes, and much more. It is definitely important to feel connected with any community that you are a part of and what better way to connect than through an online blog! This blog should give you a new set of eyes and a different perspective on PVI because every blog post will be different. Think about this for a second. Let’s say you are a driver for Meals on Wheels and have only ever been a driver. You may be a part of the community, yet you might not have any idea what it is like to do other things within PVI, such as being a volunteer at Rosener House. This blog might give you an inside look into a day in the life of a Rosener House volunteer and what they do. Seeing stories of different members of PVI will help you learn about new perspectives of our community each day.

How often will new blog posts be posted?


This blog will have new posts weekly. As we grow, we hope to expand our writing team and offer more frequent content.


How can I as a reader voice my own insight on the blog?

Readers are not limited to just reading the blog. You may leave comments under each blog post if you have questions or suggestions about the content that is posted. Also, if you have a story, experience, or any other information that you want to share, you can contact ktaylor@peninsulavolunteers.org. We can then try to get your story or insight posted and your voice heard.


What is this word, PVI World, that you keep mentioning in this post? Is it some new amusement park? Also how does it relate to this new blog?


PVI World is like an amusement park in that it has marvelous and fun activity centers, like Little House and Rosener House, where people are able to enjoy themselves, but it is not technically an amusement park:

  • PVI World is a name that we have come up with that describes the people and the community that is PVI. Whether you are a volunteer at Rosener House, receive meals from our Meals on Wheels service, or if you participate in the daily Mahjong or Bridge games at Little House, you are a part of PVI World.

 If your heart desires, you may leave comments at the bottom of this blog post if you have insight on the topic that was written about, suggestions, critique, questions, or any other statements.


Sequoia Healthcare District Awards Grants to Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Funding Will Improve Health of Community Seniors

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

June 28, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA  At a luncheon presentation for awardees on June 23, 2016, Sequoia Healthcare District renewed its commitment to the health and welfare of residents of the District by giving Caring Community Grants to 41 organizations, including two programs of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.(PVI)—Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services.  

Meals on Wheels was awarded $100,000 to assist District residents who are not able to cook and shop for themselves by delivering a hot, nutritious meal every day.  Currently, PVI Meals on Wheels delivers over 1,700 meals weekly to San Mateo County residents.   The Meals on Wheels delivery team are trained to do wellness checks on participants while delivering meals, a vital component of the program.   

Rosener House Adult Day Services was awarded $75,000 to help families in the District access the day program which promotes health, independence, and dignity for older adults with limitations and chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s disease, preventing hospitalizations and premature institutionalization.  Family caregivers are provided much-needed respite from their constant responsibilities plus support services.  All PVI programs are designed to help residents age in place.  

The Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to returning to the community 100% of property tax revenue in health-related programs and services.  Its mission is to improve the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness.  In total, District grants and programs directly benefit at least 50,000 residents per year, or about one out of every 4.5 residents.  The District is mindful of the health needs of all residents focusing primarily on vulnerable populations with special attention directed to dental, mental health, the elderly and the young child. 

Contact:  Peter Olson, CEO Phone:  650-326-0665 X 5010 polson@peninsulavolunteers.org www.penvol.org


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. 

Seniors Now Able to Grab a Lyft: Non-profit, Health Care District Offers Discount Rides to Little House Members

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Transportation is a hot-button topic for nearly everyone commuting in the Bay Area. But one local nonprofit and special district are starting to use the increasingly popular ride sharing economy for a somewhat unlikely demographic — seniors. Peninsula Volunteers and the Sequoia Healthcare District have teamed up with Lyft to help able-bodied seniors avoid isolation by offering discounted rides to those visiting local senior centers.

Currently a small pilot program, the nonprofit connects older adults who are no longer driving with rides to the Little House senior center in Menlo Park. Seniors pay just $4 per Lyft, while the health care district picks up the remainder, said Peter Olson, interim executive director of Peninsula Volunteers, and health care district CEO Lee Michelson.

“One of the things that’s a constant discussion for older adults and people who serve them is transportation. It always comes up as a major concern. Especially for people who stop driving. They often become socially isolated and it’s not always convenient for them to use public transportation and taxis can be expensive. So we’re looking for more options,” Michelson said.

Just a month into the program, there are about 15 to 19 regular users who’ve reported positive experiences. Users call Little House staff, who arrange a Lyft that usually arrives in about 10 minutes and averages about $10 per ride, Michelson and Olson said. Staff is able to track their status, update users if there’s a delay and help retain members who stopped visiting the center after no longer being able to drive, Olson said.

Thus far, it has cost the district about $100 and depending on how the pilot goes this summer, they may consider expanding it to help seniors get to medical appointments, according to organizers.

There are several transit options for seniors such as public transportation, calling a cab or arranging a ride with SamTrans’ Redi-Wheels shuttle. This program is just another possibility that both Olson and Michelson noted is only available to able-bodied seniors who don’t need significant help getting into a car and can afford the $8 round trip.

“Transportation is an issue everybody’s facing and it’s no surprise. And there’s some great opportunities out there, but we were just looking for something a little different. There are all these ride shares, Uber and Lyft programs, that are growing in popularity. So why not take advantage of that? And for us, it seemed to be the most cost-efficient and it gives the user the most independence,” Olson said.

Both noted Redi-Wheels can be a great, very low-cost option, but it often requires advanced planning and the commute may be long as shuttles transporting several riders make multiple stops. Peninsula Volunteers decided to go with Lyft after hearing about a program the pink mustache brand was running in New York. The company had tried a “concierge” program that focused on seniors getting to hospitals or doctors appointments. The company has showed an interest in being a resource for seniors, Olson and Michelson said.

“We are proud to bring seniors, many of whom have regular medical appointments and limited transportation options, reliable and welcoming rides,” a Lyft spokesman said in an email.

Participants pay the nonprofit directly at the time of service and Lyft sends Peninsula Volunteers a monthly bill. The health care district makes up for the difference in cost. The program is targeted toward Little House members who stopped visiting after they ceased driving or didn’t have reliable transportation, Michelson said.

“It’s in line with what we’re trying to do, which is keep folks healthy, keep them active, keep them socially connected. Because we know socially connected people do better from a health perspective and we’re willing to put in some money at this point,” Michelson said.

But at least one member of the health care district’s Board of Directors said he’s concerned about the program that may be spending taxpayer funds outside district boundaries.

“I believe a lot of people that do go to Little House come from areas that are not in the district,” said district Director Jack Hickey, a taxpayer advocate who added the senior center should ask the cities it serves and county to pitch in. “That would be the reasonable way to go about it. There’s plenty of sources for funding and it’s not appropriate for the district, which has specific geographical boundaries that don’t support lending to agencies like this.”

Little House is technically within the boundaries of the health care district, which covers about 11 zip codes from Portola Valley and Menlo Park to Belmont and parts of San Mateo. The pilot was also expanded to the San Carlos Adult Community Center with Little House staff operating calls for those seniors as well. After testing the pilot this summer, Michelson said the district’s board will be presented with a report and a possible proposal to expand it as a convenient way for seniors to get to a doctor’s appointment.

“This is a direct to and from route and it’s on demand and so in my mind, that is as close to having your own car right now as we can get,” Olson said. “I think it’s a great alternative, it’s innovative and it’s just a different approach.”


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PVI “Meals on Wheels” Receives “Subaru Share The Love” Grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Subaru’s “Share The Love” sales event helping to drive away senior hunger


Menlo Park, CA —March 28, 2016 Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) “Meals on Wheels” program is proud to announce it has been awarded a significant grant from Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) for its participation in the Subaru “Share the Love” sales event with local dealership, Putnam Subaru of Burlingame.


Subaru of America donated $250 for every new vehicle sold/leased from November 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016 to the customer’s choice of one of four charities, including MOWA. With Subaru of America’s support, MOWA will award $200,000 in “Share the Love” grants to local Meals On Wheels programs that partner with local Subaru dealerships in the fight to end senior hunger. Al Vasquez, General Manager, Putnam Subaru, said “We are proud to engage in this community initiative supporting the staff and volunteers who deliver meals for the Meals on Wheels program in San Mateo County.”


“There are over 1 million seniors facing hunger in California; over 16,000 seniors are food insecure/hungry in San Mateo County,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director PVI Meals on Wheels. “Hunger has a staggering impact on seniors’ health, emotions, and overall quality of life.  For so many of our homebound seniors, our hot nutritious meals are their only meal of the day!” PVI Meals on Wheels program will use the funds from Subaru to assist the delivery of weekend meals for the most vulnerable older adults.


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. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) provides innovative services to support aging adults in the mid-Peninsula and Silicon Valley:  Senior Affordable Housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. Delivering more than $8 million in services annually to 4,500 households, including 1500 weekly hot meals to seniors and the homebound, PVI focuses on senior independence and aging with dignity.  www.peninsulavolunteers.org


About Meals On Wheels America

The Meals On Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need.  MOWA’s mission is to end senior hunger by 2020.  The PVI Meals on Wheels program, celebrates 38 years of service this year, serves 12 cities, towns and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, with approximately 400 meals prepared, packed and delivered to clients each day.