Thank You Marist Team!

north-road-communications-teamAs we begin a new year and conclude another successful Share the Love campaign, we would like to take the opportunity to thank the Marist College students and in particular the leadership of the North Road Communications team for their dedication and assistance throughout 2016. The team did a fantastic job of not only producing very professional materials and social media posts, but were also instrumental in securing press and media coverage to raise awareness of our mission. Students from across the Marist community and athletic teams brought much joy when they volunteered for meal delivery, helped provide Blizzard Bags for our clients and produced a video of our volunteer luncheon. Thank you Marist team! We look forward to working with you again in 2017! Happy New Year to all! #SharetheLove

Volunteer Luncheon

 

On November 30th, Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park gave thanks to all of our volunteers with a Subaru Share the Love luncheon in the fellowship hall of the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park. The luncheon was held to honor the dedication and service of our volunteers.

“I don’t know any more about how electricity works than I do about volunteers. I just know when I flip the light switch, the room becomes brighter. When volunteers do what they do, the world becomes a better, brighter place to be. Thank you volunteers,” said Jack Fenton, our Board President.

There were 83 people in attendance including volunteers, staff, board members, and other guests. We would like to give a special thanks to Lewis Ruge of Ruge’s Subaru for attending,  NY State Senator Sue Serino and Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr for joining us. We thank you for your continued support of our organization! Excellent food and a great time was enjoyed by all!

Sharing The Love

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Exciting news! For the ninth year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the Subaru Share the Love Event. Over for the past eight years, Subaru has donated nearly $10 million to Meals on Wheels—that’s the equivalent of more than 1.4 million meals to seniors across the country!

Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four seniors lives alone in isolation and one in six seniors might not know from where their next meal is coming. This is simply unacceptable, which is why Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to the seniors of our area. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Share the Love Event.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

This November 17, 2016 through January 3, 2017, for every new Subaru vehicle leased or sold, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels America is one of four national participating charities, and has been since the inception of the event. And through this campaign, as a Member of Meals on Wheels America, our organization will receive a share of the revenue earned in New York State.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are—please look into the Share the Love Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

And remember– this holiday season, you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice.

Thank You Hyde Park Rotary Club!

 

Rotary Breakfast 2016On May 24, 2016 the Hyde Park Rotary Club, once again, donated money to Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park at their Annual Giving Breakfast. Board members Patti Irwin and Jack Fenton were there to accept the donation from President Matt Cruz and to thank the Rotary Club for their continued support. Thank you.

Today’s the Day~Put Your Giving Shoes On

HVGives3Hudson Valley Gives is TODAY, and we are asking you to take five minutes to make a donation to Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park. After that, you can give to other nonprofits that do work that you support or just kick back and watch how high the giving can go at https://www.hvgives.org!

Your donation of ANY amount helps us personally deliver fresh, hot, affordable meals to Seniors across greater Hyde Park and the village of Rhinebeck, daily Monday through Friday.

Here’s how you can make a HUGE difference today:

  1. Make a donation at our HVGives page:  http://bit.ly/24ZC5kL
  2. Spread the word. Text a friend. Post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HVGives. Oh, and you can also just tell someone in person – that works, too. Thank you in advance for helping support our organization and making the #HVGives campaign a HUGE success!

Hudson Valley Day of Giving is Tomorrow!

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of Hudson Valley’s first Day of Giving, a powerful opportunity to unite our community around causes in which they truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

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We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us continue our operations without raising meal prices! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference in our community.

Get ready to give! Tomorrow, May 18th, starting at 12:00am midnight, visit https://www.hvgives.org and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in our county. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on May 18th.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to our organization and this great community!

Marist Students March for Meals!

This year’s March for Meals has come to a close, but we’ve had so many great champions volunteer with us throughout the month! Most recently, were visited by Hyde Park Supervisor Aileen Rohr, Marist College’s Theta Delta Chi fraternity brothers, Marist football players, Health Quest physical therapist, Sarah Beck, and more. Here are some of the Marist students who delivered meals in the past few weeks.

Grant Hildman
Volunteered on March 14, 2016

Grant Hildman

Occupation: College Student
Organization/Company: Theta Delta Chi
Company Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Victor, NY
Fun Fact: I can recite the whole movie Miracle from memory

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? My fraternity sponsored the event that I volunteered for.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? It was very cool to see the community helping itself out and it ws really cool to see everyone just volunteer with no reward. It is awesome to see that people who need meals get them since they can’t necessarily make them on their own.

William Marcrie
Volunteered on March 14, 2016

William Marcrie

Occupation: Student
Organization/Company: Theta Delta Chi: Tau Triton Charge
Company Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Brick, NJ
Fun Fact: I am an advanced SCUBA Diver

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? My fraternity takes pride in the philanthropy we do around our community and within our school. It is one of the things we strive to do and personally, I love helping others and seeing people smile.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? I love the idea of it! I can’t believe people do this every day. Some of the people we delivered to were so happy to see us when we brought them their meal. It was great!

Cameron Gibson
Volunteered on March 16, 2016

Cameron Gibson

Occupation: Student
Organization: North Road Communications PR/Marist Football team
Organization Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Waycross, Georgia
Fun Fact: I ride motorcycles

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? Since beginning to work for North Road Communications and as an account representative for MOW of Greater Hyde Park, I have become aware of the organization’s great work throughout the Hyde Park community. I wanted to experience and be a part of such a great organization.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? From this experience, I met some wonderful people when delivering meals. I had such a great time meeting each and every one of the MOW’s clients.

Ruben Avalos III
Volunteered on March 16, 2016

Ruben Avalos III

Occupation: Student/Athlete
Organization Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Fun Fact: I am left-handed, but brush my teeth with my right hand

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels?  I volunteered under having been raised to have the heart of a servant, and the greatest gift to all is to give back to the community.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does?  I gained a better insight of the environment and culture around Hyde Park. I was around great people who loved what they did in providing meals for the community around them. This experience was one that left my heart full of joy and left myself humbled.

Gabriella Gamba
Volunteered on March 30, 2016

Gabriella Gamba

Occupation: Student
Organization: North Road Communications Public Relations Firm
Organization Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Fun Fact: I’m only 5’1”

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? As account executive for Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park’s public relations team, I get to see a lot of the ins-and-outs of how the organization is run and what it is all about. I thought that, instead of just working for Meals on Wheels, I should get more involved and work with Meals on Wheels. I wanted a closer look at what Meals on Wheels does, and the best way to do that is to deliver meals to local seniors.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? It was great to see for myself what happens on a daily basis during meal deliveries. I now have firsthand experience working with our clients. The personal connections I made with some of the seniors gave me a new perspective on the idea that Meals on Wheels is “more than just a meal.”

Carly Gray
Volunteered on March 30, 2016

Carly Gray

Occupation: Student
Organization: North Road Communications Public Relations Firm
Organization Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Kings Park, NY
Fun Fact: I can lick my elbow

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? Helping others is something i’m truly passionate about and is something that is very rewarding to me. Also, I am currently an account representative for Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park and wanted to become more aware of the organization’s efforts on a deeper level.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? From this experience, I was able to gain a better insight into the way Meals on Wheels operates. I enjoyed seeing the look on the client’s faces when their meals were delivered.

Vivian Wang
Volunteered on March 30, 2016

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Occupation: Student
Organization: North Road Communications Public Relations Firm
Organization Location: Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Hometown: Arcadia, California
Fun Fact: I love traveling

Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? I just became an account representative for Meals on Wheels earlier this semester and volunteering is the perfect opportunity to see what really goes in Meals on Wheels.

What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? This experience allowed me to realize how impactful Meals on Wheels truly is to the community. I loved meeting and working with our clients and hope to do so again in the future.