If you wonder why we do so much for so many seniors, it’s because they truly NEED it!
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.