Citymeals-On-Wheels

Rating: 4.8 stars   25 reviews

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Location: 355 Lexington Ave 3rd Fl New York NY 10017 USA

Mission: Citymeals-on-Wheels mission is to provide a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human contact to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, thereby helping them live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. Citymeals supplements the New York City Department for the Aging?s weekday meal program.
Programs: Citymeals-on-Wheels' programs include Weekend Meals, Holiday Meals, Flash-Frozen Holiday Meals, Holiday Food Packages, Emergency Food Packages, Weekday Waitlist Meals, Second Meals, and the New Populations Initiative.
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EIN 13-3634381
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2009-11-01

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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!

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

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

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

delivering healthy meals to the homebound in NYC.

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

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.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

sensational. The office staff and leaders have made sure I was connected with the Queens coordinator so I could do the volunteering I was interested in. And my coordinator in Queens is tops.

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

reach out to more retirees like myself to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

The range of experiences Citymeals provides from glittering restaurant galas to weekend delivery experiences. I love going on meal deliveries and meeting our elderly neighbors who benefit from this program.

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

Incredibly friendly, professional and dedicated to what they do. This is a caring and passionate group of people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to regular volunteer outings in addition to the fundraising events.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

I couldn't narrow it down to one thing -- certainly feeding people is at the top of the list; but the opportunity to interact with a top-notch staff and other caring individuals has been great

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

incredible -- the staff is a pleasure to work with - they don't ask anything of volunteers they wouldn't do themselves and they are incredibly grateful for all contributions - both time & money

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

feed more people!

Ways to make it better...

I had started volunteering with them sooner

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Its hard to get "younger" people interested in this mission - not as "sexy" as some causes. No one likes to think about getting older and especially the concept of being alone and unable to care for yourself.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

all really nice and dedicated to helping.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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