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Spring 2021

Newsletter

Serving nutritious meals to the community since 1974

Our Mission

Culver Palms Meals on Wheels relies on contributions from the local community to support our home-delivered meals to the elderly and homebound.

Contact Us:

CPMOW Staff

Pam Frieden
Executive Director
Suzanne Moller
Client/Program Coordinator
David Colitre
Volunteer Coordinator
Marylou Hanna
Bookkeeper
Laura Freels
Business Development Associate

We appreciate all your donations
THANK YOU!

Spotlight on Volunteers

In Appreciation of Our Fine Volunteers…

…with such a great group of people as we have volunteering here at Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, it makes my job, as Volunteer Coordinator, not only much easier, but just a whole lot of fun! Every day there is a different group of awesome and eager recruits ready to venture forth and feed the seniors! I look for-ward to the time when we can once again have our volunteer luncheon and the chance for all of you to come together and meet each other! – Dave Colitre, Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Appreciation Week
April 19 to 23

Thank you Volunteers for all your time & effort. Board members Alan Hall, Bonnie Keady, Cecelia Boskin, Julie West, and Executive Director Pam Frieden thanked our wonderful volunteers as they arrived to pick up meals and gave them snacks, water & Lotto scratcher tickets for fun. All items were donated by Board members and our Executive Director.
Volunteer Appreciation Week April 19 to 23
Volunteer Appreciation Week
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Save the Date:

Volunteers are invited to the Zoom
CPMOW Board Meeting on May 26, 4:00 p.m.

CPMOW NEWSLETTER

SPRING 2021

WHY I Volunteer at CPMOW…

“I chose to volunteer for CPMOW because I was really overwhelmed at the thought of how many seniors are suffering during this pandemic. It is a scary time to be elderly and to try to figure out how to get food safely. I thought that if I could deliver a meal with a smile and an encouraging word, it could make a world of difference.”
– Lydia Smith

“It’s very rewarding to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a few free hours per week is easy to find. I’m doing a regular route and I like that because it’s more personal. I think most of my clients are happy to have a little chat with the delivered meal. One client gave me apples and the next week I brought him an apple tart made of his own produce.”
– Karin van der Schaft

“I volunteer to help seniors and CPMOW is flexible so I can volunteer when I’m available.”
– Heather O’Farrell

“I volunteer to serve seniors at CPMOW because I like to give time to my community. You do good and you feel good. I enjoy it so much that I’ve gotten my family involved, and have several siblings making deliveries too!“
– Caroline Keyes

“I volunteer because helping to get food to those who are unable, brings so much joy to my heart and I love delivering smiles and deliciousness to these incredible seniors.”
– Rocki Davidson

“I volunteer because CPMOW delivered food to my husband when he was sick. We were so grateful for that food. After he passed away, I wanted to volunteer to give back.”
– Elisa Lazarus

I find volunteering at CPMOW Life affirming”
– Shey O’Dowd

I volunteer because Tzedakah’ (charity in Hebrew) has always been a part of my life”
– Alyssa Jarnot

It is so important to Alyssa Alyssa Jarnotthat she has the Hebrew letters for Tzedakah tattooed on her knuckles.

“It was Mr. Bill’s 96th birthday so we brought him outside for a picture then he recited a long poem about Persephone from Greek mythology. He said he remembered the poem from grade school and used to recite it while doing his chore-the dishes. It makes me happy to bring meals to those who are homebound. They are so grateful, and I am honored to be of service.”
– Kathy Mandaville

CPMOW’s Longest Volunteer

John and Dave, Volunteer Coordinator
“I’ve met a lot of good people over the years volunteering, many have become long-time friends. The best thing about volunteering is you can’t be fired!”
– John Oike

John has been volunteering since 1995! He got involved at CPMOW when his father asked him to volunteer with him. John also volunteers at Grace Diner feeding the homeless in the afternoon.

“My husband and I feel so fortunate and want to give back to our community. In my culture, grand-parents are held in high regard and through this organization I feel like I’m honoring that. I’d like to think I have the best Friday route, Mr. Irving being my favorite client he always greets me with a warm smile and refers to me as his Girl Friday, a reference to a 1940’s Cary Grant movie😁”
– Marissa Ackerman

 

I am passionate about being in the position to help others in my community, especially when I can see for myself how being of service makes a big difference in the life of someone else! At CPMOW, I have met many lovely people who are ecstatic to help their community as well as people who are so grateful to be receiving the meals. During the pandemic, it was a calling, I had to get out and help as much as I could and CPMOW is an amazing opportunity to accomplish that goal!“
– Shelby Saemann

 

“Volunteering is great. We Love It”.
– Crosby family

 

CPMOW NEWSLETTER

SPRING 2021

Special Client Mr. Lefkowitz

by Volunteer, Alexa Lee, age 13
Special Client Mr. Lefkowitz

Mr. Steve Lefkowitz and neigh-borhood peacock, Tivoli

I’ve been doing Meals on Wheels for over a year now. My mom (Clare) and I have delivered and met so many new people. When we first started, we had about fourteen stops. There was a nice elderly lady, who owned this cute apartment and some funny dogs. When we changed routes, we knew we wouldn’t see them again, but she told us we could always swing by for storytelling or to visit the dogs. There was also a man who we came by, and every time we called, he’d say he loved us. Sometime last year, we began delivering to Mr. Lefkowitz. I talk to him every time now for hours. Each week we talk about a different subject like space, school or how much the world has changed between our generations. I also ask him a new question about his life. We recently played a game where I guessed “ancient artifacts” but really, they were just things he used back in the day. I couldn’t guess most of them- transistor radio, yellow pages, Fax machine, Rolodexes, and these calendar things (probably planners). The following week I showed him things I use now, like VR (virtual reality) and apps on my iPhone. He thinks it’s funny how times have changed. We both do. I really like interacting with the people we deliver to. It’s been a big part of my quarantine life and I’m grateful I became a part of this program.

Thank you to
The Culver City Woman’s Club
for their ongoing support.

The Crochet Group was recognized at their General Federation of Women’s Clubs Marina District 65th Annual Convention for their Pandemic Project which included making 14 scarves and 20 blankets donated to PMOW.

Volunteer and Author Brian Finney

Brian Finney, originally from London, emigrated to Volunteer and Author Brian FinneySouthern California in 1987. He taught English literature at several local universities and is now a Professor Emeritus of English at Cal State University, Long Beach. He has authored 7 nonfiction books and 2 novels. As a CPMOW volunteer, Brian delivered meals for several years. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in view of his age he decided to take a step back like many of our longtime volunteers. He spent his “Safer-at-home” time by writing his second novel: Dangerous Conjectures that was published March 25th and is currently available on Amazon. The title, Dangerous Conjectures, is taken from Hamlet and suggests parallels between Denmark and the United States in 2020. The novel is about the beginning of the Covid virus spread, and juxtaposes themes related to the spread of the virus and the spread of misinformation. Initially, Brian chose to volunteer at CPMOW as a substitute driver because it offered him flexibility, as well as enabling him to be socially helpful feeding seniors. After almost a year, a regular route became available, and he started delivering Fridays with volunteer assistant Adam Wayne. Brian is happy the restrictions are being lifted, and he can venture freely outside. You can visit his website at: www.bhfinney.com

Valentine's Day

Wish Charter SchoolsThank you to all the 2nd graders at Wish Charter Schools and their teachers Adrien Murphy, Melody Kanda, & Erin McCoy for the Valentines they made for our Clients!

CPMOW NEWSLETTER

SPRING 2021

Note from Executive Director Pam Frieden

Pamela Frieden, Executive Director

April 1 is a holiday known throughout the United States as April Fool’s Day – a day of practical jokes that we sometimes play on each other. But did you know that April 1 is also Culver Palms Meals on Wheels’ anniversary date? And that is no joke! The idea of serving home-delivered meals here on the west side of Los Angeles was conceived during a 1973 European vacation taken by Bea Griffin, one of our founders. Bea met a fellow traveler while abroad who shared with her the Meals on Wheels concept that was taking place in Pasadena, California. When Bea returned to the States she went to work. Bea knew there was a definite need to serve homebound individuals, so she reached out to churches, city governments and a host of community service groups, and together they created Culver Palms Meals on Wheels with the very first meal being delivered on April 1, 1974. That is the spirit of volunteerism and is proof that one individual can make a difference! This past month we celebrated “National Volunteer Month.” I want to take this opportunity again, to thank all our donors and volunteers for their help, especially during Covid – Each one of you has made a difference!

 

 

Meet Laura Freels –
our new Business Development Associate staff member

Welcome to Laura Freels who was hired in the new position of Business Development Associate. She is energetically looking forward to working at CPMOW. Laura has over a decade of fundraising and sales experience and is a non-profit development specialist and grant writer. Originally from Atlanta, she graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in political science and moved to Los Angeles for more work opportunities. Laura works with non-profits because she loves being an advocate and helping with fundraising. “It feels good to give back.” When not working, she enjoys spending time with her equally energetic German Shepherd-Stella Blue.

Note from Executive Director Pam Frieden

Pamela Frieden, Executive Director

April 1 is a holiday known throughout the United States as April Fool’s Day – a day of practical jokes that we sometimes play on each other. But did you know that April 1 is also Culver Palms Meals on Wheels’ anniversary date? And that is no joke! The idea of serving home-delivered meals here on the west side of Los Angeles was conceived during a 1973 European vacation taken by Bea Griffin, one of our founders. Bea met a fellow traveler while abroad who shared with her the Meals on Wheels concept that was taking place in Pasadena, California. When Bea returned to the States she went to work. Bea knew there was a definite need to serve homebound individuals, so she reached out to churches, city governments and a host of community service groups, and together they created Culver Palms Meals on Wheels with the very first meal being delivered on April 1, 1974. That is the spirit of volunteerism and is proof that one individual can make a difference! This past month we celebrated “National Volunteer Month.” I want to take this opportunity again, to thank all our donors and volunteers for their help, especially during Covid – Each one of you has made a difference!

Meet Laura Freels –
our new Business Development Associate staff member

Welcome to Laura Freels who was hired in the new position of Business Development Associate. She is energetically looking forward to working at CPMOW. Laura has over a decade of fundraising and sales experience and is a non-profit development specialist and grant writer. Originally from Atlanta, she graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in political science and moved to Los Angeles for more work opportunities. Laura works with non-profits because she loves being an advocate and helping with fundraising. “It feels good to give back.” When not working, she enjoys spending time with her equally energetic German Shepherd-Stella Blue.
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When you shop for groceries, pick an “extra something” you think our clients might like and drop it off at our office. We often have requests for granola bars, Ensure, instant oatmeal packets and fresh fruit.

CPMOW NEWSLETTER SPRING 2021 was designed and edited by Board Member Julie West.
Special thank you to Beth Nadeau for design and formatting assistance.

Serving from Pico Blvd. to LAX since 1974

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Culver Palms Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable
organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Donations are tax-deductible.
Federal Tax ID number is 95-2891033.
 

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