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December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I have been volunteering with this organization for over two years and have had the best possible experience. The woman who I was paired with for friendly visiting has truly become a wonderful friend.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendships that I've made.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely concerned with the well-being of the seniors they were helping.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

City meals on wheels is such a great organization which provides many of our homebound elderly with nutritious meals. The thing I love most about this organization is how they go above and beyonf to feed the elderely on the weekends because there is only enough funding to feed them M-F. City meals find alternative ways to satify their clients.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice and dedicated in making sure the elderly are getting nutritious meals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

Citymeals is one of the most professional non-profit organizations I have ever worked with. They are respectful of their clients and volunteers and have a great work ethic. The delivery routes are always well organized and volunteers are well taken care of. Training is excellent and constant communication and sense of appreciation from the staff. Highly recommend.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a simple thank you from clients.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

amp up the marketing so that more people could learn about it and become involved.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I am helping people that really need it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, appreciative and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

feed everyone, not just the elderly and/or disabled!

Ways to make it better...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I signed up for The Friendly Visiting Program a short while after my mother passed away. I had gone to see my mom everyday for the last 5+ years of her life at a midtown Nursing Home. I wanted to volunteer because I had seen first hand what spending time with a senior can do for their mental health and well being. I had felt how great it made me feel to be able to put a smile on someone’s face just by coming to see them and spending quality time with them. I learned how laughter was the best medicine a person could have no matter what their illness. I saw many parents in the nursing home that would wait by the elevator doors hoping that each time the elevator would come that maybe, just maybe it would be somebody coming to see them. More often than not, I saw the disappointment each and everyday on many of these faces that had become like family to me. When I was matched with a senior I was told that it would be a tough challenge for me but the coordinator said I was the one for the job. She was 95 years old and she was blind and deaf only able to hear from her right side hearing aide. She lived at home with a part time aide. Her children lived out of state and had tried many times to have her move closer to them but her mind was as sharp as a tack and wanted to stay in Manhattan. I spent every Saturday afternoon with my new friend for 2 years until the day she passed which happened to be 20 minutes before I arrived for my visit. She was like the grandmother I never had as an adult. She was very involved in any decision that I made in my own personal life and we both shared a passion about New York City in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s We talked for 6 hours straight. She enjoyed the mental stimulation. Her son said that I helped keep her alive and that I made the last two years of her life that much more enjoyable. I looked forward to seeing her every week and would often surprise her during the week if my work schedule permitted. She got me to cook at home for myself, she taught me a great deal about saving money. Our relationship was certainly 50/50. In the end I can honestly say that we needed each other. I know that she is up in Heaven now with her husband and that she is busy telling my mother all about our time together. I am taking a couple of moths off to grieve the loss of my friend and hope to get back and find a new person to help. We will all grow old if god allows and we all need a friend especially when we are older. I think City Meals on Wheels is a wonderful organization that keeps people alive and gives them a reason to live. I feel truly blessed to be a small part of such a wonderful organization!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I got back muc more than I gave seeing how much I was able to make someone's life better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

The organizers are always so wonderful to work with. I had a last minute change of vacation plans and they welcomed me in to volunteer. Everyone I worked with was really kind, eager, and had such generous hearts, and the event was very organized on top of it! They are all very dedicated to this great cause!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I've worked with!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Eager, welcoming, kind, efficient

Ways to make it better...

the volunteers had been screened - maybe rating their expertise or interests and being placed accordingly. I think presentation of the food is very important for those being served, and some were very sloppy which made it look unappetizing and careless

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

It was a wonderful experience as usual being involved with such a worthy organization. I packed meals at a senior center down in the lower east side. I also delivered meals to the center's elderly client who would otherwise not have a meal that day because it was a holiday. The level of appreciation was very gratifying. Citymeals-On-Wheels provide such a valuable service to a forgotten segment of society. I have personally referred people to Citymeals-On-Wheels for their meal service as well as their friendly visiting program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Helping the elderly enjoy a good meal on a holiday.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

Citymeals" friendly visiting program is a non profit service that i give priority to as a volunteer because it gives me an opportunity to help someone in need. an in return I receive much more than I give. it is a rewarding service that I have been providing for more than three years and have no plans of stopping. i am a volunteer for the Central harlem Senior Citizens Center - 34 West 134th Street.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It gives me an opportunity to give back to a worthy cause.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I've been involved with this organisation for almost 2 years through their Friendly Visitor Program and throughout this experience I've found them to be reliable, efficient and responsive. Highly recommended for those wanting to give something back.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to connect with a senior citizen who otherwise might feel alone or under utilized.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure that all the lonely, elderly people in the city had someone to connect with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I am confindent to contribute to this organization in a time when you must be wary of how your dollars are spent. My research has shown them to be reputable. I myself have many new bills this year as my son goes to collage for the first time and my job in retail is questionable. As I find that I can make it I am actually giving them more than I have in the past as see contributions overall are down. I thank them for allowing me to help in a small way, and to keep our homebound feed with visitors. e

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could feed the home bound and help with more visits!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 22, 2009

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December 22, 2009

I retired in 2002 and wanted to find a way give back to the community. I have been volunteering at Citymeals for about 5 years. I have helped at several centers. Each time I go to new one, it is more amazing than the last. The people are dedicated and caring. The kitchens are spotless and the meals that they prepare have healthy, well balanced foods. I enjoy delivering food to homebound people who are for the most part, elderly. They are so happy when someone comes to spend a few minutes with them. It's nice to know that people care about their wellbeing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

delivering healthy meals to the homebound in NYC.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making the day a little brighter for the homebound. Providing them with good food.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always caring and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Feed everybody who cannot shop, cook or prepare their own meals.

Ways to make it better...

They had more funds. They city needs more money so they can feed more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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