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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

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, :) )!

Previous Stories

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