One of our guiding principles is to fill up our volunteers, who are selected from our recipients, so that they can in turn, take are of others.

I had a great conversation with one of our newer volunteers who has taken on one of our late night pickups at Whole Foods Novato and created her very own mini food program, taking care of her neighbors and others she knows re in need, including three families referred to her by a social worker.

This volunteer commented the other day about how we have given her a new purpose in life, and how gratifying it is to be able to take care of others in such a generous way, even though she is on a limited income herself.

Did my heart good to listen to her effusive comments, and confirmed all over again why we do what we do here at Respecting Our Elders.