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Peninsula Volunteers Honor Community Volunteers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Each year Peninsula Volunteers takes time to celebrate all our Community Volunteers. April is National Volunteer Month, and since we couldn’t do our work without all our magnificent volunteers, we want to say “Thank You!”

The Peninsula Volunteers and Mary Rached (Director of Community Volunteering) organized a fabulous brunch for over 100 of our best friends. Chef Larry Wong outdid himself yet again with great cuisine.

We honored our Shining Stars!

If you are interested in joining our Volunteers, just click on this link.

Mayors Delivered Meals and Smiles

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Sequoia Healthcare District staff Pamela Kurtzman & board member Kim Griffin deliver meals.

Woodside Mayor David Burow delivering












Mayors for Meals” is our annual celebration of the crucial nature of our Meals on Wheels to senior health in our community.

Each year we have the mayors, city and county officials from South San Mateo County personally deliver Meals on Wheels to their constituents in all 8 cities we serve daily. It’s an eye-opener for them (and a treat for the meal recipients too!)

As one mayor has said, “This is our chance to hear from the very citizens who cannot show up at our meetings, the folks who are hidden from view but whose needs are just as important.”

Mayors Laura Martinez of East Palo Alto, Ray Mueller of Menlo Park, Jeffrey Gee of Redwood City, David Burow of Woodside, Vice‐Mayor Jeff Aalfs of Portola Valley, and Sequoia Healthcare District Director Kim Griffin, delivered meals to show their support for our community’s seniors.

For 36 years, Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels has been faithfully delivering hot, fresh, nutritious lunches to homebound seniors and disabled adults across South San Mateo County, from Belmont through East Palo Alto. We also deliver to seniors discharged from Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital, and for the latter meals go up as far as South San Francisco. For information on Meals on Wheels, click here.

Our sponsor, Putnam Subaru, helped host the event this year.

Regular Meals on Wheels volunteers who were recognized and participating this year were: Kelly Bennett, Danica Capocci, Dan Finlay, Joan Friedman, Rod Hall, Joan Hinckley, Glenda Hughes, Gordon Hughes, Eleonore Johnson, Steve Johnson, Stephen Kane, Jim Knox, Lou Leardini, Heidi Ochoa, Betsy O’Hare, Robert Supp, and Roger Thompson.

Here are some pictures:

Senior Hunger is a Major Health Hazard

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

March is the month when we bring public attention to the problem of senior hunger – right here in our own backyard!

A new national study clearly demonstrates how serious a health hazard seniors at risk of hunger face in America. When you think of all the lives, heartache and money we can save simply by feeding them good diets, you understand why our Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition programs are so important here at Peninsula Volunteers.

Click here for the link to the national study for your reference.

But all you have to do is ask our Meals on Wheels recipients, and you will understand just what this human service truly does for them!

On the 19th of March, Peninsula Volunteers presents our annual “Mayors for Meals” day, during which the mayors and public officials from the cities we serve actually deliver those Meals on Wheels personally. We applaud their help in making the public aware of senior hunger – one problem we can actually DO SOMETHING ABOUT.

Meals on Wheels “Double Day” Delivery

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

What does it take

to deliver over 750 meals

in one morning?

Take a look!

Every holiday weekend throughout the year Meals on Wheels delivers extra food to tide our diners over the extra days. Nobody goes hungry! So on Fridays (given that most national holidays are Mondays) we pack 4 meals: the regular Friday lunch, meals for Saturday and Sunday, and then the extra for the Monday holiday, when we’re closed.

On top of all those Meals on Wheels, our kitchen also produces the weekday meals for 4 other senior centers in the area, plus feeding our diners at the Little House Cafe and our participants at Rosener House. That’s a lot of food!

Of course, we need a lot of extra help on those Fridays before holiday weekends. You can be a part of this too. 

If you’d like to find out about volunteering with Meals on Wheels, contact Mary Rached, Director of Community Volunteering: 650-322-0129, mrached@peninsulavolunteers.org

Or visit our Volunteer page: www.penvol.org/volunteer

Food Is Love

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

In almost every culture on the planet, food is love! No less so for our Meals on Wheels recipients.

Of course we deliver those tasty, nutritious hot meals daily Monday through Friday. We do a personal safety check along with the delivery.

But most important is that we are delivering human contact – the fact that someone cares! That’s the best medicine of all.

So how much more can we deliver on Valentines Day? Take a look: Menlo Park Rotarians, along with our regular MOW volunteers, pitched in to pack over 700 meals for the long holiday weekend. And to top it off, the kids at Woodside Elementary School hand made valentines for each of our diners. A little bit of love goes a long way indeed.

If you or your group would like to volunteer in our Meals on Wheels program, contact Mary Rached, Director of Community Volunteering: 650-322-0129; mrached@peninsulavolunteers.org     Or just check into the Volunteer page on our website for current opportunities: http://www.penvol.org/volunteer/


Little House Volunteers Delivering the News to YOU

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Photo: Currently at Little House..Hard at work! Thank you to our volunteers for waking up early this morning and helping with the February Newsletter mailing. Be on the look out for your copy in the mail this week!

Hard at work!

Thank you to our volunteers for waking up early this morning and helping with the February Newsletter mailing. Be on the look out for your copy in the mail this week!

Your Little House Newsletter alerts you to what’s available at Little House, Rosener House and even Meals on Wheels menus. Every month this lovely little circular arrives at your door if you are a member.

And if not, you can always either pick up the newsletter at Little House or view and download it directly from our website at: http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse/



Bingo! (Thank you Oracle)

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Oracle Bingo Holiday Social Event At Crane Place 

On  December 20th, the Oracle Customer Visit Center Team presented a Bingo Social in the dining room at Crane Place Apartments. There was a lot of enthusiasm between the residents and the Oracle group; they all were really involved and most of all they were having fun. Oracle gave out $20 gift cards from local vendors for prizes and brought refreshments for the event.

Oracle considered it a very successful event, so now they plan to create more interactive activities during 2014 at our affordable senior housing community.

This isn’t the first time that Oracle teams have graced our Crane Place Apartments with their service. In the past they have hosted an Ice Cream Social and other fun activities.  Oracle is combining good corporate citizenry with good team building and great fun. All work and no play….well, you know how that goes!

Thank you, Oracle. 

If your organization or business would like to volunteer with any of our Peninsula Volunteers programs – Little House, Rosener House, Meals on Wheels or our two apartment complexes – contact our Director of Community Volunteers, Mary Rached: 650-322-0129, mrached@peninsulavolunteers.org.

Deliver Meals and a Smile to those in need!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Meals on Wheels Volunteering Overview

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

9:30am – 10:30am

Little House Café,  800 Middle Ave, Menlo Park CA

Every week, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. in Menlo Park prepares and delivers over 1,500 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities who are unable to shop or cook for themselves.

Volunteers deliver a route within So. San Mateo County and check-in on clients.

*Drivers must be available one morning per week from 9:30am-12pm. Minimum six-month commitment expected. Use own car and gas. DMV and background check required.

SIGN UP NOW TO FIND OUT MORE! volunteer@peninsulavolunteer.org650-322-0129 

Showing They Care

Monday, January 13th, 2014

In December, Girl Scout Troop 61704 in Menlo Park made 250 holiday cards which were delivered to all the Meals on Wheels clients. They are also preparing gift bags and cards which volunteer drivers will take to clients on their birthdays. 67% of our Meals on Wheels program clients live alone.

These extra cheerful items, along with a hot nutritious meal and a friendly check-in visit, will brighten their day.

Thanks to these scouts and their leaders for showing others they care.  

Help Seniors in Your Community – Volunteer

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Volunteer Information Session

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

10:00 – 11:30am

Learn about the mission of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. and how you can be a part of helping seniors in our community. We are currently recruiting volunteers in all programs: Meals on Wheels, Little House Activity Center, and Rosener House Adult Day Services.

Assist those in your area by delivering food, assisting in activities, serving lunch and much more!!

RSVP By 1-10-14

Lucy Uhl Room, Little House Activity Center

800 Middle Ave, Menlo Park, CA

650-322-0129         volunteer@peninsulavolunteer.org