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God's Love We Deliver, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Food, Meals on Wheels, Nutrition

Mission: God's Love We Deliver's mission is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients and families, care providers and other service organizations. All of our services are provided free of charge.

Results: Since our founding in 1985, we have cooked and delivered more than 14 million meals to people in the NYC metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

Target demographics: feed those who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves because they are living with a severe illness

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 4,600 individuals living with severe illnesses by providing them with unlimited nutrition counseling and cooking and delivering nutritious meals to them.

Geographic areas served: the NYC metropolitan area

Programs: free, nutritious, individually-tailored meals to those who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AEMB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since God's Lve We Deliver's grassroots inception in the mid 1980s, I have seen it's incredible impact. As a life long resident of New York City, I witnessed the throes of the incedious AIDS epedimic. When two cherished friends became more incapacitated by the disease, GLWD lifted their spirits and feed their heart, soul and very being. I donated and then realized I could do more as a volunteer. Being a crazy lark as know as a morning person, the 6:30-8:30 a.m. shift enabled me to channel my morning energy. For nine years, I packed out piping hot soups and meals alongside fellow volunteers who soon became friends. My holiday tradition starrts on Thanksgiving in the kitchen and afterwards doing deliveries. Watching GLWD grow to providing nutrious meals to people with any serious illness has been miraculous. The morning duties have changed but the labor results are the same knowing that each facet results in affecting some one by lifting their spirit and feeding heart, soul and very being. Bravo GLWD!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at God's Love We Deliver for the past 10 years has been fulfilling and rewarding. During those years I have been privileged to watch the agency grow and expand without compromising ithe mission of providing nutriuous meals to the seriously ill.

Ann B
Tuesday Morning 6:30 a.m. shift

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was unprepared for the infectious positive spirit of the volunteers and staff. Going into the kitchen area to work preparing dessert with people I'd never met before had me feeling a little tentative, because as a novice, I wasn't sure how they would react to someone new fumbling around their well-oiled machine. Boy was I wrong. I felt welcomed and was immediately embraced as if I'd been working with them for months or even longer. I don't know if this was just a "good day" or what but I had the sneaky suspicion that for these people, every day is a good day. They laughed and joked; they also watched me out of the corners of their collective eyes and firmly and gently, corrected my missteps. I never felt fully relaxed since I was nervous about making a mistake or keeping up with the pace - but I did feel comfortable. When it was over, I walked out of there feeling better than I had ever imagined about doing a good thing.

Ralphie W.

Craig V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

God's love we deliver is an organization that helps people in need with severe illnesses
and i respect an organization that do this kind of work because the staff and volunteers are
the people who come together for a significant purpose of feeding those who need nutritional meals
and putting a smile on their faces for the better of their health, and the better of their community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I toured God's Love when I visited NYC and was very impressed with the operation and the staff. The work God's Love engages in is so important. The staff and volunteers are very passionate about the work, and taking care of the needs of shut-ins throughout the city!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's rare to find such an amazing, dedicated, and kind staff of people who are truly committed to bettering the lives of others. Volunteering at God's Love We Deliver is an incredibly rewarding experience. The dedication of the staff and other volunteers creates an inspiring atmosphere of compassion and warmth. Plus it's really fun!

Ursina B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at God's Love.

It's rewarding! Preparing meals for people fighting serious illness is rewarding. You know that everything you worked on goes to feeding someone who is hungry and sick and will be very greatful to the organization and the work you put in.

The staff is friendly! The staff of God's Love is very friendly. The volunteer coordinators are nice and welcoming, they make it easy to volunteer and learn the ropes. The Kitchen Staff is also great. They create a very safe and respectful atmosphere and always teach you a new task with a smile.

The volunteer groups are great! I have made some great friends during my volunteer shift at God's Love and have met people of different ages, backgrounds, and with different professions. It's been really enriching getting to know people I wouldn't otherwise have met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the people who work and volunteer for God's Love We Deliver! I can't say enough great things about this organization, but here's a start: Firstly, God's Love has the most wonderful cause and executes what they're trying to achieve beautifully. It runs like a well oiled machine, from the people in deliveries and volunteer services to client services, everyone is knowledgeable and eager to help and make a difference in not only their clients lives, but the lives of their volunteers. I would recommend volunteering for God's Love to anyone who asks (or doesn't, :) )!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I just started volunteering with GLWD and it's been an incredible experience so far. I started helping out in the office and it seems like the whole operation works like a fine-tuned-machine! Everyone was very welcoming and eager to help. I couldn't ask for a better volunteer opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Why I volunteer and what are the rewards………….hmmmmmmmm……….let me think!

Have been 'at it' now for over 2.5 years. In fact, just reached my 300 hour milestone and was generously reward with a goodie! First off, can't speak more highly of individuals such as my 'volunteer specialist" Jana Levinson and Kate Suhr and of course my 'kitchen shift chief," Andre. Each make the experience of traveling on three trains, 14 stops, 3/4 of a mile walk and roughly 50-60 minutes each way to get the temporary facility in Brooklyn bearable each and every Wednesday morning. Also rounding out the experience, apart from my fellow volunteers is the entire kitchen staff – from head chief to the guys at the sinks—each and every one possesses heart and generosity.

Apart from knowing I am doing a good deed especially to assist those who are truly less fortunate both physically and financially than myself there are personal reward well beyond the simple transactional tasks of food prep and pack-out.

Volunteering isn’t a totally self-less act. My time with GLWD has been truly cathartic—benefits multiplied. What started as a basic exercise has turned into something much greater in reward. It has been life-altering as in the way I view and value my own life; my own advantages both earned and bestowed upon me by chance.

In age of new technology which often creates a false sense of ‘community,’ first-hand volunteering has provided me with a truly authentic sense of shared values and common goals. I am proud to call my Wednesday crew of regulars, my community.

Peter B. Carzasty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Prior to leaving New York this past spring, I had volunteered with GLWD for at least 8 years, maybe 10. It is an excellent organization that offers an extremely valuable service to its clients. The people I worked with are a dedicated group, and I miss them and the work a lot. Think you should open a branch in South Florida!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My name is Kevin, and I have volunteered for many nonprofits, but I can say by far that I've had the best experience at God's Love We Deliver. The staff and volunteers were all very welcoming and friendly. It felt like family. It's a great feeling to give back, but it's an even better experience when the folks who are there make an great effort to make you feel at home. We all worked together to put the meals together for those in need, and I can't wait to come back every week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Florence. The atmosphere at God's Love We Deliver is the one that helps me to go every Monday at 6:30 am, whether it snow or rain. The feeling of belonging to a big family with one goal: wholehearted and free service to our brothers and sisters in need who cannot help themselves. What I loved more about volunteering at God's Love We Deliver is the hard work. You really feel in your whole body, you are doing something.
I thank all my Monday 6:30 am team, especially the person who introduced me to this noble task. I enjoyed more than anything.
Thanks to all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God's Love We Deliver www.glwd.org is an exceptionally effective social services food/nutrition nonprofit. It is hugely volunteer-dependent and recognizes that by working hard to make the volunteer experience as meaningful and satisfying as possible -- while still efficiently pursuing its mission to the highest standards. I've volunteered in the kitchen there early on Monday mornings before work for more than 25 years (off and on). I'm so grateful for the opportunity. The organization deserves all the support you can give it. Check it out! Thanks.

Gavin C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Who knew chopping vegetables could be so fun​? GLWD is an incredible organization - delivering an impressive 4,000+ meals daily thanks to a compassionate staff with boundless energy and dedicated volunteers who proudly fulfill their weekly duties. ​GLWD is a special kind of awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Paul W. Hatten Jr. I 've been volunteering with Gods Love We Deliver off and on since 1996. I love this nonprofit organization. I have worked from the kitchen to the front door of our clients. What a rewarding feeling to see the food cooked, packed and delivered to the doors of our clients. When you see the look on the face of these very sick people, you realize what Gods Love We Deliver is all about. If you have three hours a week for some good work, run don't walk to Gods Love We Deliver!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for God's Love We Deliver for almost three years and having, over the years, volunteered at many different institutions, I have never, never, been in a place like this. Well-organized, busy, you work hard(I am in the kitchen scooping, cutting, scraping, ladling, whatever is needed) with some of the nicest people it ha been my pleasure to meet and work with. The people I work for are very patient, kind and grateful for my help. You leave there knowing you got much, much more out of it than you gave. Sincerely, Minna Lipkin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before GLWD I had found working with volunteer organizations a bit frustrating. Good intentions were hindered by organizational barriers. At GLWD, which I've had the privilege of serving for more than a year, that is never the case. The place runs like a well oiled machine from top to bottom...volunteers are respected and appreciated and the work is soul satisfying.

Everyone who volunteers on my shift is simply a joy to be with. All come ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever is requested and the time we spend always includes big smiles and gales of laughter. I am confident that my shift is no exception. Most importantly,preparing meals for those who can't do so themselves is enormously gratifying. I love GLWD for creating the opportunity to serve our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone. My name is Jose Manuel Perales. I found out GOD´s LOVE in an ad in a newspaper. I´m from Spain, and when I came here I didn't know anyone. GOD´s LOVE WE DELIVER has been as a big family to me. It´s been a great experience for me so far, and I hope to go on much more time. The entire staff is like a great and nice family. Thank you so much to everyone. And please, be always so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God's Love is one of the best organizations that I have been privileged to be associated with. I've been giving for years to this organization because its gives a person such satisfaction to know that meals have been delivered to those that are homebound. You actually know your monetary donations are effectively working. More recently, I am also donating my time assisting in the kitchen and helping put the deliveries together. What has surprised me the most is the commitment of the staff to the Gods Love We Deliver mission but also the gratitude they genuinely have for the volunteers. They make the time so enjoyable and easy. A very high quality organization doing very important work in our communities.

Catherine55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! I've been working with GLWD for almost a year now. As time has gone on I've increased my commitment to the organization. I'm continually impressed by the detail and passion that goes in to everything they do. The entire staff is a pleasure to work with. They make it so easy to get involved with their organization.

Sara110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Sara J Grodenky, I volunteered on Thursdays now I volunteer on Tuesdays from 4-6 and I am so blessed to be part of an Organization that does so much. I work with Gerald, Jana, Kate, Steven, K.J. and Candy who are amazing people. This Organization does so much for people and after I am finished chopping and doing whatever they need me to do, I feel like a new person. Helpiing people that cannot do for themselves is a feeling like you cannot imagine. The staff at God's Love is amazing and they have the patience of a saint especially to put up with me(just a little Sara humor).

I am honored and proud to be part of this wonderful organization and work with the wonderful people at God's Love

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with God's Love We Deliver as a Van Assistant since July 2012. My day as a Van Assistant is rewarding for me interacting with clients. Also the people in communities they live in. I deliver the frozen meals face to face and hug all clients. The clients and I share a brief conversation and many try and marry me off to a friend or family member. It brings joy, tour of city, happiness!! I highly recommend GLWD to all my colleagues friends family and strangers.

SV Dennis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with God's Love We Deliver for the past two and half years. GLWD provides so many with needed meals who are homebound and unable to cook for themselves due to critical illnesses such as Cancer, Heart Disease, HIV, AIDS, MS, COPD, (check website for more listings). This service is critical to the clients who otherwise might even go without eating as they can hardly leave their homes or do they have family/friends to assist them. The conversations that I have been privileged to have with so many of the clients makes one only realize how GLWD allows them to get well and improve their health with their delicious, nutritionally balance meals. The team, the volunteers are the most giving people I have ever had the privilege to work along side. God's Love We Deliver is the most amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two and a half years in Africa, where I often helped provide nutritious meals for people living with various illnesses (most commonly HIV/AIDS) - I came home and felt like my work had come to an end. Then I realized that there is an opportunity to serve right in my own backyard. Through kind and swift twitter conversations, I was booked for an entire week delivering food. It was hard work, yet also fun and rewarding. AMAZING staff, and an organization with a simple mission: feed those who are too sick to acquire their own nutritious meal. I could write a novel about what a great experience this was, but recommend that you see for yourself firsthand!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

9/11 got me off my butt to start volunteering. I had always secretly wanted to volunteer before that. After volunteering briefly for The Salvation Army, I looked into God's Love We Deliver. Now I've been a delivery person with them on and off for about 10 years, give or take. As a freelancer, being a delivery person was the best job I could commit too...knowing that I could be covered if I had to take a gig if it conflicted. Pat is super great in the office as the point person. She is very clear, enthusiastic and upbeat in her communication.

Every year they do a volunteer appreciation party. To my mind, this is unnecessary since I don't do it for that reason. But it is indicative of how much they appreciate the time. If you go to visit the office space (currently under reconstruction/expansion), the energy there is fantastic. You can feel the love in the space. Oh yeah, absolutely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization for both those receiving their great services and for the volunteers! It is so heartwarming to be part of a good charity that is so helpful and that you can SEE the improvements they are making to communities and people's LIVES. I have volunteered for several years for Thanksgiving deliveries with GLWD and the joy on the recipient's faces upon their meal delivery is something that I hold in my heart through the Holiday season and all year...GLWD does amazing work for those in need of their assistance and also it has been an inspiration and brightness in my life as it reminds me to stay grateful for all I am blessed with! This organization is also run like a well oiled machine, which is no small feat with what they accomplish. I wish them many, many more years of success and growth!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We volunteer for a group who thinks only of the health and well being of people who are often shunned or unable to care for themselves. It is an organization that deserves much praise and admiration.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God's Love provides an essential service -- nutritious meals -- for people whose illnesses prevent them from shopping and cooking for themselves. What could be more basic, more vital, than food? And it's free.

I have been a van assistant since 2008. I'm the "legs." The van driver (a God's Love employee), keeps track of who gets what meals and puts them in shopping bags; I walk the bags to the clients. Having seen God's Love from the inside, I know that this organization truly does what it says it does, week in, week out, without fail. I give it the highest marks.

The Zesty Nest

Volunteer

Rating: 4

GLWD had me from hello as we volunteers viewed a video that explained their mission statement and showed their enormously caring volunteers and staff doing meal prep and delivering meals to people who lit up upon seeing them at their front door.

The clients not only receive a fresh meal twice a day, they get hugs, smiles and conversation from people who care.
I fought back tears and mentally willed myself to keep it together. No one likes a weeping volunteer!

I met so many nice people that day- fellow volunteers and staff members. All uplifting people who are making a difference in other people's lives.

Amanda90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

God's Love We Deliver was an incredible experience, and one that really impacted me on the deepest and most profound levels. Entering into the building, one can't help but to feel the enthusiasm and true love from which this organization is built. And, the work that I did in the kitchen really helped my overall culinary skills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered for the first time in the kitchen at GLWD and boy what an operation! I was amazed to see how organized and clean the facility was. However, what really amazed me was that not only were the volunteers all enjoying themselves and smiling as we worked the day away, but so were the actual kitchen staff who had this as their permanent job! People love what they do here and it really shows! I was so proud to contribute that day and met such an amazing team of people. My next volunteer assignment will be delivery!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering in the kitchen for 15 years. God's Love has a very meaningful mission, to feed people with a variety of serious illnesses. Everyone who volunteers and every staff member I have ever met feel a strong commitment to helping people. During my volunteer shift, I know that I am helping deserving people. It is also the two hours during the week when I know I will be surrounded by caring, good hearted volunteers and staff. You can't count on that during the other hours of the week.

Emma K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GLWD is the most well-run and welcoming NPO I've ever worked with. In the 4 years I spent as an independent kitchen volunteer, my fellow volunteers became my diverse intergenerational family and my support system in a new city. Since I have become full-time employed, I have returned with my co-workers for 3 corporate days of service--the favorite volunteering event of the quarter by far. It is clear by walking into the Soho building and feeling the energy emitted by the full-time GLWD staff that everyone knows the important work they do and are feeling great about it. Their model of volunteering and staffing is one of the most successful I've ever come across.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GLWD is a great organization that helps the neediest people with something that is often underrated - healthy food. The staff makes you smile everytime you come into volunteer and the clients are appreciative of the food they receive. GLWD is very dedicated to their mission and it shows every day in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome! I believe in GLWD. I trust them and the world needs them and their amazing work.