When Lorraine returned to New York City in 2013, she knew she wanted to be giving back in the city she now calls home. She began volunteering with Citymeals by delivering to homebound New Yorkers on Saturdays and immediately felt a deep connection in this simple interaction.
“When you see how happy the recipients are to receive their meal – the appreciation on their faces – you realize how important what we do really is. You get to be part of the mission in a tangible way,” she reflects.
For the meal recipients on her route, Lorraine is likely the only person they will see that day. “It’s only when you deliver the meals that you truly understand all that Citymeals is about,” Lorraine adds.
After becoming involved as a volunteer, Lorraine was invited to join Citymeals Young Professionals Committee. These young people work in different fields and come together to raise money and awareness for Citymeals. Lorraine now chairs the committee on volunteerism providing leadership, coordinating logistics and planning special events. “In the most basic sense, volunteers are nourishing their homebound elderly neighbors. But volunteering is so much more.”
Lorraine has seen firsthand how greeting a stranger at their door with a smile and a nourishing meal changes your perspective. It’s why she ensures that every Young Professional spends time volunteering. Connecting with her peers and aged neighbors, alike, has given her a stronger sense of community.
“Citymeals is an extension of my heart,” Lorraine says. “It’s just the way my heart chooses to give back.”