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Commonpoint Queens Volunteers Deliver Rosh Hashanah Care Packages to 124 Queens Seniors

Dawn Rafal | September 15, 2020

In celebration of the upcoming Jewish Holidays, Commonpoint Queens – formerly known as the Samuel Field Y and Central Queens Y – was joined by over 30 volunteers this past Sunday, who assembled and delivered care packages of challah, apples, and honey to 124 seniors in the Queens community. This volunteer event was sponsored by the Fishman family.

The event began with a virtual welcome meeting, followed by a virtual tour of the Queens County Farm Museum’s Honeybees, with care packages then being picked up and delivered from the Sam Field Center in Little Neck in the early afternoon.

Each volunteer made five deliveries, which also included personalized handwritten messages for each of the recipients.

“It was amazing to have an in-person volunteer event, but also to be able to celebrate the upcoming holidays in this new world that we’re living in” said Amy Gaffney, Director of Volunteer Services at Commonpoint Queens. “We danced, shared stories and had nice chats all while being socially distanced!”

“It felt good to do something that had made such a positive impact in the lives of our neighborhood seniors,” said Zev, 17 “Everyone who we made deliveries to was so grateful to not only receive a care package, but to have social interaction even if it was a quick conversation.”

New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic was one of the dozens of volunteers in attendance for the day. Over the last several months, Rozic has also helped Commonpoint Queens by delivering meals to isolated seniors on several occasions.

For more information on future volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected]org.

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More About Commonpoint Queens

Commonpoint Queens is a social services organization that meets the diverse and evolving needs in the borough of Queens —a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to find support, access opportunities, and build connections to the community throughout their lives. To learn more, go to www.commonpointqueens.org.