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Volunteering – It’s What We Do!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Looking for a way to give back to the community? Peninsula Volunteers is always looking to provide those opportunities. Check out our current volunteer openings below at Little House:

  • Community Services Desk – Provide information and referrals about issues such as housing, food, transportation and other social services over the phone or in person.
  • Front Desk Receptionist – Great and interact with members and guests, answer questions regarding classes and activities, and help maintain the Little House image.
  • Lunch CashierRun the cash register during lunch hours; ring up sales, handle money and tally the daily receipts.

To learn more about these positions call (650)322-0129 or email volunteer@peninsulavolunteer.org.

For a full list a volunteer opportunities visit http://www.penvol.org/volunteer/



Volunteers Recognized at RSVP Luncheon

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Volunteers are often the building blocks for any non-profit organization. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is no different! Community Volunteers were honored at a recognition luncheon for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) members of the San Mateo County. Among those recognized was Angela Owen, a Little House volunteer, who has served her community for over 20 years! Angela received The Presidential Volunteer Service-Lifetime Achievement Award which is given to volunteers who have contributed at least 4,000 community service hours. Thank you Angela!

To learn about how you can make a difference in the lives of others, visit http://www.penvol.org/volunteer/.

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.

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/


Help for Senior Home Owners

Friday, February 7th, 2014


RSVP is an annual week-long community outreach program that takes place in May, during “Adopt-A-Senior” Week. The program provides free assistance to qualified seniors who can not otherwise perform certain household tasks because they have physical constraints and lack the financial resources to hire someone to do the work.

The REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP), which operates through your local Association of REALTORS®, promotes safety in the home and assistance to the elderly. The program is one way REALTORS® and affiliates can give back to their communities and perhaps help seniors and the homebound maintain their independence and stay in their homes longer.

WHO DOES THE WORK? REALTORS® and affiliates (lenders, title companies, insurance agents, attorneys, contractors, home inspectors and other real estate-related businesses) of your local REALTOR® Association take time each year to perform household tasks that seniors and the homebound cannot do on their own.

An application is completed by the resident. Requested tasks are reviewed with the homeowner and a team is assigned to do the work. The goal is to have all the work competed by a small team of volunteers in a single visit.

* Wash windows
* Flip a mattress
* Change furnace filters
* Change light bulbs
* Remove trip hazards
* Light vacuuming
* Move furniture
* Rake leaves
* Trim overgrown hedges
* Replace smoke detector batteries

Click here for their program brochure. Click here for the application you can fill out and send to them.

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.