More than 70 years ago, a small group of women had the foresight to recognize the complex needs of the aging in our community, and the visionary non-profit organization, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., (PVI) was born.

In an effort to ensure that those who helped build our community could continue to live in their community with purpose and dignity, the founders established an organization dedicated to improving their quality of life.  Decades before others were focusing on seniors, these pioneers decided to create high quality and nurturing programs for the aging that were sorely needed then, and more so now.

Our membership numbers approximately 300 dedicated volunteers, all of whom are women.  The membership elects the Board of Directors that operates both PVI and PVP (a separate Board for our affordable senior housing operations) whose program expense budgets exceed $5 million annually.

Members serve as Board members, committee members, and supporters of programs, projects and events.  Our members are committed to support the organization and its mission through their time and donations, and as voices in the community.

 

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Our Members:

  • Serve on committees that directly support our four major programs – Little House, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House, and PV Properties – through organized events and activities such as March for Meals, Rosener House Holiday Boutique, Valentine’s Day at Little House and Crane Place Socials
  • Serve on our Board of Directors and fill other elected and appointed positions in our organization
  • Participate and support our fund raising initiatives that “close the gap” between program revenues and expenses
  • Are active and involved members of a community – including friends and acquaintances – in which they serve as a source of information about our senior programs
  • Participate in the programs we offer, particularly at the Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center

Fundraising is Critical

Our organization’s annual operating budget exceeds $5 million.  Each year there is a shortfall not covered by our program revenues.  Peninsula Volunteers members are actively engaged in fund raising initiatives to close that gap.

  • An Annual Giving campaign that generates unrestricted funds for all programs
  • A Heritage Society to encourage and facilitate planned and memorial gifts
  • Three major annual fund raising events as well as several smaller initiatives

Authors Salon

This event has introduced exciting Bay Area authors to our audiences for more than 25 years, raising more than $1 million in support.  Some of our award winning luminaries:  Suze Orman, Khaled Hosseini, Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), Michael Krasny, T.J. Stiles, Simon Winchester, Abraham Verghese, Adam Hochschild, Bruce Henderson, and Joyce Maynard.

Baubles Bangles & Bags

In just eight years, this shopping extravaganza of handbags and jewelry has become a signature event raising more than $1.3 million since inception.  Always popular, always a hit – something new and exciting at every one-day event.

Dine Out

More than 40 local restaurants support this annual one-day fund raiser for Meals on Wheels by donating a portion of their daily revenues.  Our partner restaurants are helping us alleviate senior hunger in our community and we urge you to patronize them.

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Our organization welcomes those women who are interested in becoming part of a historic, hard-working, dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to our mission.  Some of our members have been active in the organization for more than 50 years!

Our prospective members spend a provisional year learning about the organization and participating in specially designed provisional activities, including fund raising.  All Provisional and Active members pay annual dues of $150.

Members have several responsibilities, include

  • Paying dues
  • Attending meetings
  • Actively supporting programs, projects and events with time and donations
  • Participating in the Annual Campaign for funds

Typically our members have sponsors who are current members.  For those who are new to the area we can arrange for you to meet with several of our members to ascertain if we are a good fit and would welcome that opportunity.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Cathy Duhring (650-272-5001), and she will forward your request to the Membership Chair.

For over 70 years, the PVs have helped to create groundbreaking programs and services for seniors in our community. Many of our programs were the first of their kind.

Learn more about our many significant firsts.

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