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Salinas Program

Volunteer of the Quarter

Maria Kooroshfar began volunteering for Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley (MOWSV) in October of 2008. Her father had passed away earlier that year and she wanted to do something to give back in her Dad’s memory. She had a friend who suggested she volunteer with Meals on Wheels, so she did! Maria feels that the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for MOWSV is that she has been a constant presence in the same clients’ lives for years. Maria can see in their faces how happy they are to see her. She is so grateful that she can make them happy and chat with them for awhile.

Maria believes that Meals on Wheels is a great service to the community. “Being out there with the elderly who need to see other people is very rewarding,” says Maria. She is glad to be a little bit of joy in her clients day.

Maria was born and raised in Santa Barbara by her mom and dad with 5 siblings. She has been on the Central Coast for 25 years, first living in Salinas and then Monterey.  She and her husband have raised 2 children here, Nina who works for Facebook and Bijan who attends college at UC Davis.

As a Christian, Maria feels like she should do something for other people. The clients she delivers to started out as strangers but they have become her friends. Maria shared a cute story of a client who always wanted a kiss from her. Finally, she agreed to let him kiss her hand! Every week he now gives her a kiss on the hand.

Thank you Maria, for being a such wonderful volunteer and congratulations on being our Volunteer of the Quarter!

 


 

Volunteer Recognition Dinner 2017

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley (MOWSV) hosted their annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner  on April 7 at the Sheriff’s Posse Ground in Salinas. MOWSV staff and board of directors hosted volunteers and their spouses for a BBQ dinner to thank them for their continued dedication and hard work as volunteers. Our volunteers are the driving force behind Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley.

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Holiday Party 2016

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley (MOWSV) hosted their annual Holiday Party  on December 12 at Pajaro Grill, Salinas. MOWSV staff and board of directors hosted volunteers and their spouses for a holiday dinner to celebrate the season. We are so grateful for our volunteers and thank them for their service to Meals on Wheels.

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Meals on Wheels
of the Salinas Valley, Inc.
40 Clark Street, Suite C
Salinas, CA 93901
831.758.6325 - phone
831.758.6518 - fax
claudiaa@mowsalinas.org

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