“There’s no better feeling then seeing first-hand how your decisions and ideas have made a tremendous difference in the lives of others in our community,” said Lynn Goodwin.
Board members play an important role in representing the community, raising issues for those who can't do so themselves.
They determine what support programs should be put in place in order to enable seniors and people in need to remain independent in their own homes.
Sometimes seniors may need assistance getting to their medical appointments, banking or trips to the local grocery store.
Others may not be capable of preparing meals for themselves and could benefit from having a program that delivers home-cooked nourishing meals right to their door. These are the types of programs that board members choose to support and raise funds for.
The VON Queens Community Board needs more members to complete the board. Meetings are held once a month (excluding July, August and December) in the Queens VON office in Liverpool.
“Many people aren’t aware that VON is a not-for-profit charitable home and community care organization that relies heavily on donations and the availability of local volunteers in order to provide the services and programs that we do,” said Goodwin.
In the coming year, board members will be working towards educating the community on VON, program planning and fund development.
Some of the programs and services provided by VON in the area include: foot care; general home visiting/nursing; and immunization; along with community support services like seniors assisted transportation; exercise programs; meals on wheels; and Vial of Life.