Picture of the Month: City Council President Todd Gloria Serves Lunch

August 30, 2013

Todd Gloria

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and his team served lunch at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center this month. While seniors always feel honored to greet and chat with Mr. Gloria, Violet was especially excited about her special birthday experience!

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Want to serve lunch and put big smiles on our seniors’ faces? Visit www.servingseniors.org and find out How to Help!


Picture of the Month: Independence Day Festivities at the West Wellness Center

July 31, 2013

July marked another eventful month at Senior Community Centers. We launched new senior classes, started a new fiscal year, welcomed new local businesses to our volunteer program, hosted the Civic Engagement White Elephant Summer Sale and made sure that San Diego’s seniors and volunteers have plenty of opportunities to be healthy and active participants in our vibrant community.

An annual favorite event is our Independence Day party which has been hosted by our long-term friend JR Raines for over 15 years. JR and fellow Union Bank employees served cake and punch while putting these huge smiles onto our diverse group of seniors’ faces.

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If you would like to host a party to join our dedicated team of volunteers, please visit our Volunteer Page for more information.


Lawyers Reach Out: Serving More Than Just Lunch

June 7, 2013

Delivering Food And Smiles to Local Seniors

Guest Blogger: Carra Lassman Rhamy, Senior Deputy County Counsel, San Diego County Counsel (carra.rhamy@sdcounty.ca.gov)

For me, few things these days rival the sense of accomplishment gained from winning a motion or trial – though the experience of serving a hot lunch to a grateful senior comes close. I have done a variety of volunteer work in my life, but this is the first time I did this event. I hope it is not my last.

20130319-_M3A6423Usually I work through my lunches or, if I’m lucky, I take a walk outside to get some exercise. But when the invitation came to volunteer by serving lunch to seniors, I thought I’d give it a try. I met up with a small group of judges and attorneys at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. We donned our plastic aprons and gloves, and were ready for our assignments. […]

As for the seniors we served, they were wonderful. When we were all assembled and introduced they applauded us before we even started. They were so gracious and thanked us each time we placed or removed a tray. I could tell that for many of them it was going to be the best meal of their day and maybe the only hot one. As I traversed the room doing my assignment I was impressed with the variety of ethnicities I observed and languages I heard. The years of experience I saw in their faces made me feel humble – a feeling that can be uncommon for an attorney. I was very proud to serve them.

It was a very meaningful experience because it brought me pleasure to be able to help someone in such a basic way. I highly recommend it-and not just because I got to see male judges wearing hairnets. It was extremely rewarding and invigorating. When I returned to my desk that afternoon I knew that, even if I had not finished a winning brief, I had accomplished something even more valuable that day.

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This story appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of San Diego Lawyer. It is posted with the permission of the San Diego County Bar Association. Photo Credit: Barry Carlton.

It is always a pleasure to read about the positive experiences that our volunteers create for themselves and for the seniors we serve at Senior Community CentersThank you, Ms. Rhamy, for volunteering and for sharing your thoughts about the event!



Fun Photo Friday – Peep-A-Palooza

April 12, 2013

Our volunteers show incredible kindness and creativity to make sure the seniors we serve are having a great time. One example is our Serving Seniors Team from AECOM who not only serves lunch at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center 6-8 times per month but also included the Center in their Annual Peep-A-Palooza contest:

AECOM PEEPS

Angela Coriale, who is the volunteer coordinator for AECOM explains:

“Every year we have a Peep-A-Palooza contest where people build things out of peeps. This year someone (a non-volunteer) built a “Gary and Mary West Senior Peeps Center.” It won 3rd place – and the likeness is amazing!! They are even wearing our new AECOM aprons!”

Stay tuned on Facebook during the month of April for more Volunteer Highlights in honor of National Volunteer Week (April 21 -27). Happy Friday!



Photo Friday: Team Emerald

March 9, 2012

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Councilmember Emerald came by to visit the Wellness Center and volunteer to serve seniors. 365 days (366 this year) community groups and individuals, like Team Emerald come to volunteer during lunch to serve seniors. She jumped right in, serving two lunches and setting up for our next lunch.


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