Catholic Charities Northeast Queens Friendly Visiting Program held its annual gala dinner in mid-November to thank their many volunteers who visit the homebound seniors throughout the year.
Held at a local Queens restaurant, more than 50 volunteers, many of whom are seniors themselves, were honored for their service to the elderly.
Christopher Schneider, Program Manager, praised all of the volunteers that have been visiting the seniors for many years.
The volunteers are matched with seniors and assist with daily tasks that many homebound elderly cannot do on their own, including transportation to medical appointments, food shopping and exercising outside.
“The seniors have said that they are so grateful for these visits that if it weren’t for their friendly visitor they would be all alone and that this allows them to continue to live independently in the community," said Schneider.
Individual volunteers were singled out for their dedication and service for more than six and eight years of visiting the elderly. The volunteers said they get great joy from visiting the seniors and they are very happy to share their time with them.
In attendance was also Sheila Clay from Citymeals-on-Wheels, which funds this program. Sheila praised Chris for all his hard work in making this program so meaningful to so many seniors and congratulated him and Catholic Charities for their very successful 10th year in operating this wonderful program!
If you would like to volunteer to visit a senior, or to find out more details on this very rewarding opportunity, click here or please call Christopher Schneider at 516-641-7541.
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