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Volunteers THRIVE Before and During COVID-19

2019 Fall Giving Last year was busy for more than 500 corporate and community partner volunteers who supported various drives for our participants across all of our programs. Thank you to: Goodwin, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, NetSpend Community Connect, Populus Group, SnapLogic, Upstart, and YMediaLabs for granting so many holiday wishes. These wonderful partners bought and assembled sixty thanksgiving food baskets, purchased coats, donated holiday gifts, built children’s bicycles, donated gift cards, and made…

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Our Volunteers Thrive During COVID-19

Volunteers are writing thoughtful note cards to our aging neighbors who usually visit  Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center and our Senior Peer Counseling participants. More than 100 note cards were written and donated by National Charity League Crystal Springs Chapter. Many more cards are being written and distributed every week by new volunteers. Several volunteers have hand-sewn face masks that will be given out to our teachers and students when they go back into the…

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Book Buddies

Helping children and families in our community grow and thrive truly takes a village. We cannot close the achievement gap, or help our families become financially stable, without the support and partnership of our Corporate and Community Partners. Often, as we get to know these partners, one touchpoint grows into a deeper, long-term relationship. This is the case for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a unique nonprofit with a mission to enrich lives by…

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2019 Volunteer of the Year

Many volunteers find it hard to say goodbye when their shift is over, including PJ Rich, a recent graduate from St. Ignatius High School. This summer, PJ visited with staff to reflect on his 160+ volunteer hours completed during high school at the Child Development Center in San Mateo. “Over the past three years, I have been able to watch the kids grow. It was amazing to see them learn new skills, but one child…

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Filipino senior peer counselors listen with their hearts

Tessie Mamaril- Madrinan, Peninsula Family Service coordinator of the Filipino Peer Counseling program, has been featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer for her community work. “Through our programs, we reduce rates of illness and injury, maintain mobility, promote independence, and ensure aging members of our community live better, together,” Madrinan recites program outcomes. “We train volunteer counselors who make weekly home-visits. Through our diverse services, we’re able to personalize support and develop an individualized approach…

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A Special Need for Our LGBTQ+ Adults Ages 55+

Our Senior Peer Counselors (SPC), a diverse and inclusive group of volunteers, show compassion for our community members ages 55+ who request peer counseling. This group of specially-trained volunteer counselors provide weekly one-on-one visits or facilitate a support group for older adults. The counseling helps older adults manage transitions and life changes including health concerns, mobility issues, caregiver needs, loss, and grief. All counselors have completed over thirty-six hours of training to learn active listening…

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Peninsula Family Service Career Closet

NOW OPEN Please call 650.403.4300 to make an appointment Location: 24 Second Street, San Mateo, CA 94401 The Career Closet provides participants of our Second Careers program with the opportunity to “dress for success”. The closet is also open to community members in need of business clothes. Providing career clothes to someone in need is much more than an outfit. Job searching can be daunting, especially for mature workers that are competing in the Bay…

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The Fall Senior Peer Counseling Training is Here!

Have you ever felt lonely? Or perhaps needed someone to talk to? Friends are always there to listen and to help us feel better. Unfortunately for many older adults, there are no friends left to turn to. Difficult life changes and the loss of their loved ones push many older adults deep into depression. But you can make a difference in their lives. If you live in San Mateo County and are 55 years or…

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The Future of Philanthropy: Lauren’s Story

Lauren Murphy is a San Mateo neighbor and one of our Advancement Team interns. As a rising sophomore studying Economics and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz, Lauren values the insights that this internship provides. “Spending this summer with Peninsula Family Service has given me valuable experience and it has helped me narrow the parameters of my studies. It has also helped me further my passion to aid my local community.” Lauren has known about…

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Ruth Wisnom: A Lifetime of Leadership

For decades, Peninsula Family Service has been shaped by philanthropists with strategic vision. Their expertise and knowledge have created a dynamic organization, equipped to respond to the ever-changing needs of our community. This fall, we are introducing the Peninsula Family Service “Lifetime Achievement Award,” an accolade to honor and celebrate the philanthropists who have guided Peninsula Family Service through the years, helping us grow from supporting 164 families to serving more than 10,000 people yearly.…

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