March for Meals is in full swing! We’ve had some amazing volunteers from the community help out over these last few weeks. People from various local organizations came out to show their support and deliver hot meals to our clients. Here are some of last week’s Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park March for Meals Champions:
David P. Sucato – Volunteered on March 4, 2016
Occupation: Physical Therapist, Supervisor
Organization: Northern Dutchess Hospital Hyde Park Physical and Occupational Therapy
Company Location: Hyde Park
Hometown: Hyde Park
Fun Fact: Love to be outdoors, hiking or playing sports.
Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? My grandmother had received Meals on Wheels, and I had an uncle that used to volunteer for Meals on Wheels. I think they provide a great service and it is always nice to “pay it forward.”
What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? I kind of knew what to expect, but it is still very rewarding to be able to be part of providing a needed and appreciated service.
Aileen Fitzpatrick – Volunteered on March 9, 2016
School: Marist College
Hometown: Huntington, Long Island
Fun Fact: I compete on Marist’s swim team
Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? I had not yet gotten a chance to volunteer at Marist and I thought Meals on Wheels was a great way to start opening up to volunteer work.
What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? I saw a different lifestyle from outside the Marist campus and met people from the community that I never would have met. The people at Meals on Wheels explained to me that they do this once every week and they were so happy to deliver meals to people in their community.
Lauren Katz – Volunteered on March 9, 2016
Organization: Marist College Swimming and Diving
Hometown: Ballston Lake, NY
Fun Fact: My favorite color is blue.
Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels? My grandparents receive Meals On Wheels so I thought it would be fun to be on the giving end. I also heard great things about it from other people volunteering for the program.
What did you gain from the experience? Do you have any new positive thoughts about what Meals on Wheels does? I had a great time volunteering and I met a lot of really nice people. It felt really good to give back to the community.
Other volunteers this week included: Hyde Park Councilperson Joe Marrine, Clare Reilly and Stephanie Sjaastad of Marist College sorority Sigma Sigma Sigma, Branch Manager of Rondout Savings Bank in Hyde Park, Kelly Caldwell, and Kerry McGinley and Tori Flaherty of Marist College’s women’s soccer team. Here are some pictures from their deliveries!
Check back next week to see who else from our local community is serving as part of March for Meals!