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

Vivian Wang2

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.

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March for Meals in Full Swing with Community Volunteers!

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

Dave Sucato

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

Marist Swim Team Member Aileen Fitzpatrick

Marist Swim Team Member Aileen Fitzpatrick

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

Marist Swimming and Diving Team Member Lauren Katz

Marist Swimming and Diving Team Member Lauren Katz

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!

Joe Marrine with Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers.

Joe Marrine with Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers.

Stephanie Sjaastad and Clare Reilly

Stephanie Sjaastad and Clare Reilly

Kelly Caldwell with a Meals on Wheels board member

Check back next week to see who else from our local community is serving as part of March for Meals!

March for Meals 2016 Kicks Off Today!

mow-mfm-kickoffThis March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country will reach out to their communities to build the support to enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long. By volunteering, donating or speaking out, you can ensure the seniors in our neighborhood can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be.  Call or email us today to find out how you can help!

Meals on Wheels 40th Anniversary Celebrations of October

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Over the last month, Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park celebrated its 40th year of delivering nutritious meals to elderly and disabled individuals. In order to properly recognize this milestone, we participated in a number of events that celebrated its accomplishments.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, we hosted a booth at the Hyde Park Food Truck Festival on Albany Post Road. A series of vendors came out to give Hyde Park residents samples of their meals, which included gourmet hot dogs, fresh and local produce and a variety of baked goods. At the event, our president Mr. Jack Fenton and the other members of our organization handed out free Meals on Wheels merchandise and provided information about our organization to attendees.

Coppola’s Italian Ristorante sponsored a fundraising dinner on Oct. 8. Delicious meals were served to all patrons, and ten percent of the proceeds were given to Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park.

Both the Food Truck Festival and the dinner at Coppola’s proved to be successful in spreading the word about what our organization has been working hard to do for the community over the past 40 years.

We were also joined by very supportive politicians throughout the month:

  • Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro helped deliver meals on Oct. 7. See the video he posted on his Facebook page.
  • Assemblymember Didi Barrett joined us for meal delivery and posted a recap on Oct. 10 on her Facebook page.
  • On October 27, notable community member Senator Sue Serino stopped by to celebrate with us. She served as a volunteer along with our regular weekly volunteers by delivering meals to our clients. See the related post on her Facebook page.

Finally, numerous businesses and private organizations posted our lawn signs and sponsored our coin boxes which significantly helped our fundraising efforts.

Whether you attended one of our 40th anniversary events, volunteered, made a donation or simply recognized Meals on Wheels of Greater Hyde Park, we’d like to say THANK YOU! We look forward to many years of service to come!

We’re Celebrating 40 Years of Service to Our Community!

MOW Banner in front of Stop & Shop on Route 9 in Hyde Park.

MOW Banner in front of Stop & Shop on Route 9 in Hyde Park.

Our 40’th anniversary is coming up on October 5’th! We’re celebrating decades of providing affordable and nutritious meals to senior citizens and those with disabilities throughout the Hyde Park School District. Want to help out? Donate or Volunteer today!  Be sure to join us and show your support for our generous donors at the Hyde Park Food Truck Festival on Oct. 4’th and Coppola’s Restaurant on Oct. 8’th!  More info to follow!

Help From McDonald’s

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Please help us thank Mr. Dave Opstad, Owner/Operator of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Hyde Park for his generous donation of over 1000 bags and napkins. Contributions such as these help us reduce our operating expenses and keep costs stable for our clients. Our gratitude goes out to Dave for his continued support of Meals on Wheels.