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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.
Each year Peninsula Volunteers has an independent audit performed on our accounts and business practices. We combine these results (always positive!) with our list of the fiscal year’s donors (that’s July 1 through June 30, not the calendar year), and some highlights of our goings on. These become our Annual Report to our community.
We always post these online, both the financial audits for public disclosure, and the Annual Report.
You can find them on this page: http://www.penvol.org/about/reports.cfm
We hope this gets you as excited as we are about all the great work we are able to do so cost-effectively for seniors throughout the mid-Peninsula.
Thank you for your interest in helping seniors and for your support of Peninsula Volunteers.
Take a look at this information (from the San Francisco Chronicle article of 3/25/14):
“California, with its high cost of living and health care, leads the nation in the percentage of older adults living in poverty, according to a 2013 report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Twenty percent of California adults over age 65 live below the poverty threshold of about $16,000 annually, when taking into account the higher cost of housing and health care….
“The situation is particularly dire in California, due to the high cost of health care and housing. About 20 percent of California’s seniors – compared to 15 percent nationally – live below the poverty threshold when taking health care expenses into account, according to the Kaiser foundation study….
“San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties are among the most expensive places in the country for seniors, requiring almost $30,000 a year….”
Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheelsand Senior Nutrition programs ensure that 130,000 nutritious, hot and freshly cooked meals feed their hunger. Many of our programs (Little House Activity Center, Rosener House Adult Day Services) also feed their needs for social and intellectual hunger – we all need people to thrive.
We owe at least that much to help those who built our communities continue to be able to live within them independently, healthily and happily.
Peninsula Volunteers needs your help every year to continue these services. We need to raise at least 50% of our budget from contributions. Click here to learn more and to donate.
Wherever they went, they saw first hand how incredibly important these Meals on Wheels are to homebound seniors and disabled adults, who cannot shop or cook for themselves. It was obvious to them that the food is appreciated, but even more so, that human contact that comes with our safety visits.
They got lots of smiles as a reward – the same as our volunteers get every day, Monday through Friday, every week of the year.
Here’s the video from this year’s Mayors for Meals:
“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:
The morning started off with a bake sale and Irish coffee, followed by corned beef and cabbage for lunch. The afternoon also included amazing entertainment brought by “Rosin the Bow,” who featured traditional Irish music. Thank you to all how came out to celebrate with us!
For more information on upcoming events, celebrations, and classes, visit http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse.
It’s also the day when this civic duty is replicated all across the United States in large and small communities. It’s part of “March for Meals“, a month long celebration organized by the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to draw attention to senior hunger in America and the Meals on Wheels programs that keep our seniors healthy and happy. Officials everywhere are delivering meals to their local constituents in the same way that we are here on the Peninsula. Over the past month, nearly 350 Meals on Wheels programs across the country have recruited more than 2,000 Members of Congress, mayors, governors, local celebrities and community leaders as champions to help raise awareness for senior hunger.
Whether they do it because food is love or food is good medicine, it truly helps the community focus on the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens: the homebound and disabled seniors, who are unable to shop or cook for themselves any more. And on the very human, personal level, it’s another way to show them that we really do care.
To find out more about “Mayors for Meals” click here. Visit our Meals on Wheels web page any time to find out what’s going on and the latest news in senior nutrition, and our Volunteer page to find out how you can help pack or deliver meals to hungry seniors in your own neighborhood.
And of course, we welcome your Donations all year!
Keeping your brain healthy and the best prevention for loss of brain functioning is proving to be a matter of diet and exercise. Recent and extensive studies across the US with aging citizens demonstrate how simple it can be.
That’s why Peninsula Volunteers is so committed to – and EFFECTIVE with – good nutrition for seniors. You know about our program for the homebound, Meals on Wheels.
You might not realize that we also serve healthy, nutritious meals weekdays at several senior centers and for patients discharged from two major hospitals:
Onetta Harris Senior Center in East Menlo Park (City of Menlo Park)
East Palo Alto Senior Center (City of East Palo Alto)
Fair Oaks Community Center in Redwood City (Famiy Services)
Catholic Charities CYO in San Carlos
Little House Cafe and Rosener House Adult Day Services in Menlo Park (Peninsula Volunteers)
Discharged seniors from Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City (Dignity Health) and Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame/Millbrae (Sutter Health).
Here are some important facts from the studies:
“Keeping the brain healthy is easier than you realize. Everyday actions such as maintaining a diet including good fats like DHA omega-3 and important nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein, and staying active physically, mentally and socially, are all good ways to influence long-term brain health,” said Michael Roizen, MD, co-founder of Real Age, Inc.