Friday, October 18, 2019

Mission Moments

July 2013

Each year, Food with Friends sends surveys about our program and the meals we serve to participants for completion. I always enjoy reading the comments. I thought I would share a few with you.

“I love everything about the meal program, more people should attend.”
“Meals are well balanced.”
“Good job, you have a great cook, staff is wonderful.”
“I really enjoy the music and entertainment.”
“The site manager really decorates and makes a friendly atmosphere.”
“Keep up the good work.”
I am always surprised how many community members have been involved with creating or running the meals program.
“My husband helped build this building.” (Ithaca)
“I cooked for this program for 19 years.”
“I was a site manager for the program many years ago.”
“Years ago our neighbor was a site manager.”

Thank you for completing the surveys this year, your feedback helps us decide what to change or where to improve.

By Carmel Slebodnik, Nutrition Program Coordinator

June 2013

Foster Grandparent Program
“No more pencils, No more books, No more teacher’s dirty looks – Schools out for Summer.”

Well these lyrics don’t exactly ring true for everyone – especially our Foster Grandparent Volunteers. After maybe a few weeks off many of our dedicated volunteers continue their service to children even on those hot and sticky summer days. They provide that needed support and structure assisting children in summer reading clinics, summer recreational programs and day care centers. Because of their service many children are able to maintain their reading levels while school is off or they advance in their reading skills. Learning never takes a vacation and neither do many of our Foster Grandparents.

We are proud of their dedication to helping others and making a positive impact on our future generation. To learn more about this amazing program contact Mary Ann Mooradian, FGP Coordinator at (989) 772-0748.

By Mary Ann Mooradian, FGP Coordinator

April 2013

An Ode to Volunteers
Our volunteers help many in various ways
They visit – they call and brighten the days

They answer the phones with kindness and grace
And show all our guests our wonderful place

They package the meals to be delivered that day
They serve meals, wash tables and do all they may

They deliver the meals with a kind word and a smile
Knowing the importance – they drive mile after mile

They help in the schools – attending each day
They help children with studies and watch them at play

They visit our elders who might be “on the mend”
Playing cards, teaching crafts and being a friend

They help in the office doing so many tasks
Inputting data, correcting articles and whatever we ask

They help with taxes and Medicare D
Getting hours of training to help those in need

Knowledge and wisdom our Board members share
They serve year after year without much fanfare

Ride buddies & guides help on the bus
So someone is there for the children to trust

And so volunteers you are simply the best
We thank you, we love you and now I must rest

By Barbara Frankenfield, In Home Services Program Director