VOA celebrates mothers in a special way

28 Apr

It’s unusual these days for me to receive a notice about an event I’ve never heard about. But here’s one that’s been going on for 30 years, honoring some of the most important people in our lives: our mothers.

Every year for the past three decades, the Volunteers of America (VOA) have brightened Mother’s Day weekend for senior women throughout the Rochester area. It’s their “I Remember Mama Celebration,” during which they deliver hundreds of gift baskets, filled with flowers, corsages, treats and gifts, to women who have outlived their families or are separated from them.

What a great way to help ease the loneliness these women feel on Mother’s Day.

Volunteers of America works with assisted living communities and senior centers to identify elderly women who are alone. As part of the celebration this year, VOA will be delivering 50 gift baskets to residents of Cobblestone Place in Webster. Other baskets will be delivered to the Catholic Family Center, Family Services of Rochester, Montgomery Neighborhood Center, Jonathan Childs Apartments, Darnforth Towers and Jordan Health. Deliveries begin May 11 and will lead up to Mother’s Day.

VOA is asking community members for their support. With a donation of $45, individuals can sponsor a senior woman, $90 will sponsor two women, or $450 will sponsor ten ladies. Click here to learn how to support the event. Community support is a key component of making this event a success each year. 

Here are a few photos from previous deliveries:

About Volunteers of America Upstate New York: Volunteers of America Upstate New York (VOA) is a local non-profit human service organization that serves more than 6,000 men, women and children annually in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York.  The agency’s mission is to empower people to rise out of poverty, move toward self-reliance, and reach their full potential. VOA offers a wide array of programming in four key areas; early childhood education; supportive housing for homeless and low-income individuals and families, and reentry programs for individuals who are or have been incarcerated, and housing for frail seniors. Visit https://voaupny.org to learn more.

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(posted 4/28/2023)

One Response to “VOA celebrates mothers in a special way”

  1. hahimes April 28, 2023 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing about this. What a wonderful thing to be doing. 🙂

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