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Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Statement on “Skinny Budget” Blueprint

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Dear Friends of PVI,

Recently, the initial details of the President’s 2018 budget blueprint have emerged and have started an important conversation on social media platforms as well as both large and small media outlets across the country. Because of the essential work and impact that our Meals on Wheels program provides here in San Mateo County, any threatened budget cuts must be looked at carefully and responded to promptly.As CEO of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., I am working with our team here as well as officials in San Mateo County to respond to any budget cuts that may be proposed. It is important to remember that as of right now, these budget cuts are just being proposed. We are in the beginning stages of the process and there is still a long way to go. In this non-stop news cycle and social media reality we live in, it’s our responsibility not only to stand up for these services, but also to speak about what we know, not what may be projected in the media. I’ve summarized what we know so far in the bullet points below.

What: On March 16, the President sent his Budget Blueprint, also known as the “America First Budget” or “Skinny Budget” to Congress, with a plan to release further details in the coming months. The blueprint proposed cuts to discretionary spending in order to pay for increased defense spending starting in October. The Department of Health and Human Services could receive a budget cut across the board, as well as face the reduction or elimination of specific programs. Both sets of cuts could impact Meals on Wheels and Rosener House. The Blueprint does not yet say which HHS programs will be cut, so we do not know how our programs will be affected.

Who is Impacted? Every day, PVI’s Meals on Wheels program provides over 500 meals to seniors throughout San Mateo County, delivered by volunteers and PVI staff. This comes out to over 2,500 meals a week, served to over 850 needy seniors. For many of these seniors, Meals on Wheels is their only source of food.Client Benefits: Our Meals on Wheels program offers more than just fresh, hot nutritious meals. The program is also the most reliable way for our clients to fight the isolation of growing older alone – 40% of the seniors we serve live alone. Our program also provides our clients with quarterly health and nutrition assessments, referrals to needed community services, and dietary counseling. Our delivery personnel provide wellness checks and weekend meals also available.

Budget Details: The “Skinny Budget” proposes the elimination of the $3 Billion Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program, one of the sources of funding for Meals on Wheels pro- grams around the country. In our case, CBDG gives us $22,500 of funding annually, about 1.5% of our MOW program and grant revenue. More importantly for us, detailed plans for a key source of our program’s funding, the Older Americans Act (OAA), have not yet been released. The OAA provides 35% of the total funding for Meals on Wheels nationally. For our MOW program, the percentage is about 45% of program and grant revenue. OAA funds also provide about 9% of the program and grant revenue for our Rosener House senior day care services. With a proposed 17.9% cut to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget , which funds the OAA, PVI would need to secure an additional $161,000 in community support on top of the generous donations we already recieve.

The Need is Growing: Aside from any proposed changes to Federal funding, the need for our services is exponentially growing. This past January, we expanded our service territory to North San Mateo County so that we are now the sole MOW provider for almost all of the county. Our program is critical. According to the Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County, many seniors face hunger every day: 1 in 8 seniors must choose between paying rent, buying medication, or purchasing food.

A Bipartisan History of Supporting Seniors: Ironically, the month of March honors the signing and enhancement of the Older Americans Act by President Richard Nixon on March 22, 1972. Meals on Wheels programs around the country celebrate this historic, bi-partisan bill through the annual March For Meals campaign, which we are marking with our own commemorative event on March 22. We await more details on the proposed Federal budget, and we are ready to advocate for home-bound seniors here in San Mateo County and across the country.

Together, we must do everything that we can to spread the news about these budget cut proposals. We at Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. are glad that we have a commitment from our Congressional representatives to funding the OAA. We also have donors committed to keeping our program going. It will not be easy, but we are all in this together.

What Can You Do to Support:

Donate:   http://www.penvol.org/donate/
Volunteer: http://www.penvol.org/volunteer/
Call your elected representatives: http://mealsonwheelsamerica.org/findyourofficials
Advocate: Please share this message with friends and family

Sincerely,

Peter Olson
CEO Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
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Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Receives Grants from Sequoia Hospital for Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Menlo Park, CA  February 28, 2017  Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) is the recipient of two Community Grants from Sequoia Hospital to support the health and wellness of San Mateo County older adults through the Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services programs.  Altogether more than $100,000 in grants was awarded to San Mateo County organizations on February 14.

Meals on Wheels is part of the collaborative, Supportive Services at Home, which provides a seamless continuum of care, ensuring individuals have access to medical care, nutritious meals, and home care to support their health, safety, and emotional well-being.  Other organizations in the collaborative are Samaritan House and Home Helpers Home Care.  “For newly discharged Sequoia Hospital patients, our collaborative will provide critical services to help them recuperate without stress—meals, medical counseling, transportation, and home care.  They will be able to concentrate on regaining their health,”  according to Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of Nutrition Services for PVI.

Rosener House Adult Day Services is part of the Memory Care and Caregiving Collaborative, which addresses the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, particularly the under-served and disenfranchised, and their caregivers.  Others in the collaborative are the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Association, Inc., Family Caregiver Alliance, and Catholic Charities Adult Day Services.  As Barbara Kalt, Director of Rosener House stated, “We know there is a growing need for assistance and education around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  San Mateo County has a higher percentage of older adults than other counties in California and also a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease.  Our collaborative supports and educates families dealing with this, and we seek to improve their health and quality of life.”

Two other collaboratives receiving grants are the Health Advocacy Outreach Program, connecting unsheltered, medically fragile homeless or marginally housed with critically needed support services, and the Pacific Islander Health Ambassador Program, which educates on the importance of fitness, diet, nutrition and accessing health care in order to reduce diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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 Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas. www.dignityhealth.org/sequoia.

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. Receives $75,000 in Grants from The Peninsula Health Care District

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Menlo Park, CA  February 17, 2017  Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) is pleased to announce that it has received   two grants totaling $75,000 from the Peninsula Health Care District’s (PHCD) Community Grants Program. This grant will support Meals on Wheels and Rosener House Adult Day Services two of PVI’s programs serving seniors in San Mateo County and beyond.  Meals on Wheels delivers daily hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors, and Rosener House offers a therapeutic activity program for older adults with disabilities and support for their families.

 “PHCD is proud to provide financial support for the 2017 community grant recipients as they work tirelessly to provide services that improve the health and wellness of District residents and empower our community with their impactful, innovative programs,” said PHCD Board Chair Lawrence Cappel, PhD.

Meals on Wheels has recently expanded to serve most of San Mateo County, from Daly City through East Palo Alto, to bring personal daily contact and a hot meal to older adults who are homebound and not able to cook or shop for themselves.  Rosener House Adult Day Services serves San Mateo and Santa Clara counties with an extensive activity program including physical, occupational, speech and music therapies, exercise and art classes, brain games, current events, all planned to maintain and improve cognitive and physical functioning.  Rosener House also offers family caregivers weekly support groups and other educational opportunities.  All PVI program are designed to assist older adults age in place.

At the ninth annual Community Partners Awards Ceremony on February 1, 2017, PHCD awarded the 2017 grants to 30 local organizations. In addition, each organization had an opportunity to recognize a key volunteer who helps support their mission and makes a significant contribution to the community. PVI recognized Jeanne Pedro for volunteering in both programs, as driver for Meals on Wheels and a senior companion at Rosener House.  “We are doubly pleased to be awarded these grants to support the PVI programs and to recognize the essential work of the volunteers that support our mission as well,” said Peter Olson, PVI CEO.  “PVI and the Peninsula Health Care District are committed to improving the health and well-being of older adults in our community.  Together we can all accomplish our goals. We are grateful for the Peninsula Health Care District’s confidence in our programs.”

Every year, PHCD awards grants to local organizations that address local health priorities and help carry out the vision of the District. Community Grant recipients are chosen based on a review of local health care needs and the evolving priorities of District communities. In 2017, PVI is one of 30 local organizations to receive a grant from PHCD.  Since 1996, PHCD has invested more than $50 million to local organizations through the Community Grants Program.

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About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (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 the Peninsula Health Care District:

Founded in 1947, the Peninsula Health Care District serves the communities of San Bruno,

Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo and Foster City by supporting the unique health

and wellness priorities of our vibrant Peninsula communities, and safeguarding access to health

care services, today and in the future. PHCD fulfills its commitment to the community through

oversight of District assets and infrastructure, planning for future health care needs, and

investing taxpayer dollars in local health-focused organizations and programs. To learn more

about PHCD, visit www.peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org.

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.

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

 

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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