August 30, 2013
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!
Want to serve lunch and put big smiles on our seniors’ faces? Visit www.servingseniors.org and find out How to Help!
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.
June 7, 2013
Delivering Food And Smiles to Local Seniors
Guest Blogger: Carra Lassman Rhamy, Senior Deputy County Counsel, San Diego County Counsel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Usually 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.
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 Centers. Thank you, Ms. Rhamy, for volunteering and for sharing your thoughts about the event!
May 28, 2013
I am proud to announce the appointment of two San Diego seniors to California Senior Legislature: Peggy Shannon and Fred Davis.
“Established by state law, the mission of the California Senior Legislature is to help preserve and enhance the quality of life for older Californians and their families.”
The California Senior Legislature is a volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the Congress, and advocate for laws implementing the ideas.”(http://www.4csl.org/)
(From left to right: Fred Davis, Peggy Shannon, Queen Johnson)
Peggy and Fred have been exceptional advocates for seniors at Senior Community Centers and throughout San Diego County. They continue to shape our programs and the lives of many seniors. Peggy agreed to share a few thoughts about California Senior Legislature and her new exciting role:
The California Senior Legislature (CSL) has been working for seniors for over three decades and shares information about what seniors need to live a good quality life. My fellow volunteer, Queen Johnson, has been a member of California Senior Legislature for less than a year. When two seats became vacant, she nominated Fred Davis and me to become members as well.
We will have the opportunity be advocates for our seniors. It is a privilege to be able to work and let our State legislature know what our seniors need for a good quality of life. Fred does a lot of work with the homeless. I work to empower seniors to advocate for themselves and to turn their ideas into reality.
It is an honor for Fred and me to be nominated and we are looking forward to advocate for seniors on a much broader level.
Find out more about Senior Community Centers’ Advocacy and Civic Engagement Programs where Fred, Peggy and Queen make a difference at www.servingseniors.org.
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:
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!
February 28, 2013
Francis Parker Students visited Potiker Family Senior Residence to spend time with seniors. They made Valentine’s Day Cards and played Bingo!
Thank you for a great time!
Interested in volunteering to make our seniors feel special? Click here for a list of available Volunteer Opportunities at Senior Community Centers!