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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
About two years ago I retired from my fulltime job and was looking for an organization to volunteer with. After working for 40 years as a bookkeeper, I was looking for something "out of an office", so I visited the many websites of several NYC organizations that we were donating to over the years and found the City Meals on Wheels Friendly Volunteer program -- perfect for me. My first assignment in Queens was with an elderly couple whose daughters lived out of the city, but who did not want to leave their own home in Flushing. He was 97 and she was 92. I visited them once or twice a week for one and one half years before they both passed and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. Fortunately they both passed quickly and painlessly. I now visit three more elderly Queens residents, two who live locally in my neighborhood, the third who lives in Fresh Meadows. Three totally different personalities, three totally different needs, this experience again is so fulfilling that I cannot even imagine what my life would be like without this opportunity to visit them.
I wanted to get more involved with Citymeals-on-Wheels because my company is very actively associated with the organization. It only took one volunteer experience last November to understand why we are so committed to this outstanding organization. Citymeals is the perfect charity. Not only is the staff incredibly professional and friendly, as a volunteer, donor or industry supporter - you can see tangible results. You know your donation and time are being put to good use, feeding our homebound elderly neighbors. I wanted to take an even more active leadership role and have assisted in the establishment of Citymeals' new Young Professionals group. This has allowed me to connect with other likeminded individuals - all for a very worthwhile cause. we combine volunteer outings with fundraising events for a 360 degree perspective of Citymeals' mission. I am proud to be part of the Citymeals family and encourage all my friends and family to become actively involved.
I've worked with hundreds of nonprofits - both personally and professionally - and Citymeals-On-Wheels is by far one of my favorites. The staff with whom I have interacted is incredibly professional, organized and smart and the volunteer projects are highly impactful. As a member of the newly-formed Young Professionals' Committee, I feel like I have had the opportunity to "make a difference" in a number of ways, including participating on meal deliveries, attending fundraisers and making holiday cards for Citymeals' clients. The Committee has also given me the chance to meet new people and expand my network. I know that the financial support I've given to Citymeals has been money well spent and the time I've donated has been incredibly worthwhile.
I did a one-time meal delivery with Citymeals--well I thought one time, but I've volunteered since and will continue to do so. It's great to see how a simple meal and short conversation makes a real difference in someone's life.