December 22, 2009
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?
Volunteer & Friendly visiting program in Queens.