Ashley Simpkins, Program Director
DMCC was honored to arrange Holiday Cheer Deliveries for Del Mar seniors. Though we canceled the drive-thru holiday party out of precaution, we didn’t want all the preparation of DMCC’s Social and Good Times Committee to go to waste. So, we called the Del Mar Garden Club, and they were happy to help! Volunteers from DMGC delivered stocking stuffers and a beautiful, fragrant arrangement of holiday greens (designed by Feather Acres Nursery) to 70 Del Mar seniors. We were fortunate to receive funding from the San Diego Seniors Community Foundation through their No Senior Alone initiative, intended to curb social isolation during the pandemic. We are proud to work alongside so many organizations interested in protecting (and bringing happiness to) seniors.
In early March, DMCC recognized that the seniors that normally use our transportation services for their grocery shopping might need us to figure out a temporary substitute for them. That initial fix for accommodating the most at-risk senior citizens quickly grew into a robust regular service for seniors of all ages and a variety of needs. From March through December, the DMCC Pandemic Response Grocery Delivery Service shopped for and delivered groceries more than 700 times to more than 100 senior households. Every day, DMCC’s star shopper Amanda visits a different store and shops from seniors’ own lists. Behind the scenes, DMCC staff and board members do a lot of administrative work to make it happen. This service is funded in partnership with the Del Mar Foundation, and they deserve special thanks for their ongoing support.
DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for January 2021 is Larry Brooks, program leader of the monthly “Remarkable Del Mar History,” because he regularly gives us something interesting to learn from our homes, makes it look easy, and does it with good humor. Thank you, Larry!
Our Volunteer of the Month for February 2021 is Denise O’Neil, Marriage and Family Therapist and member of the Health and Wellness committee, for her great ideas and contributions for the premiere speaker series. Thanks Denise!
DMCC programs and services depend on our incredible volunteers! To learn more about Larry or becoming a program leader, visit dmcc.cc/volunteerofthemonth.
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