MOWSF Blog | Volunteer News
By Lena Backe, MOWSF Summer Intern and New Sector Fellow
Since this spring, MOWSF has been working to make sure the seniors it serves are prepared in the case of an earthquake or other disaster. On June 6, employees at Twitter volunteered to help in the effort by delivering Disaster Preparedness Kits to 150 elderly San Franciscans.
About 40 Twitter employees participated as part of the company’s #Fridayforgood program. The volunteers delivered the kits to residents in the areas surrounding Twitter’s headquarters on Market Street in SoMa.
The Disaster Preparedness Kits, which were purchased via a grant from the City of San Francisco, contain enough food and water for a senior to use for two days. They are intended for use in the case of an earthquake or other emergency. The food is nonperishable for one year and does not require refrigeration. Corporate volunteer groups, including Twitter, Walgreens, Bloomberg, The Gap, Genentech and Gigwalk, have stepped up to help distribute the kits.
Many of the seniors said they were appreciative of the visits as well as the kits.“You guys do so much for me,” said a senior named Earl told one group of volunteers.
Other volunteers were similarly touched by the experience, enjoying the personal and unique interactions with their elderly neighbors. “To be honest, it’s pretty heartbreaking,” says Twitter volunteer Alex Ardeski, “But you’re making a difference. I would do it again.”
All volunteers undergo a training before participating in the program. MOWSF hopes to continue providing the kits to seniors in the future. In all, 1,900 kits will be distributed this year.