January 15, 2013

awareness: volunteer with ESD at God's Love We Deliver

Philosopher David Hume said, “It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place…” True. Ask the people at our Awareness Collection charity partner, God’s Love We Deliver. They’ll show you exactly how it’s done.

Yesterday Erica and I met with Em, who holds a distinct passion for the GLWD mission. Within minutes, we could see their work is nothing short of a labor of love. It’s one reason we’re proud to partner with them. Within the modest building at the corner of Spring and 6th, is the story of its humble beginning and the magnitude of their efforts today.

Founded in 1985, GLWD is a non-sectarian, NYC-based non-profit that alleviates hunger and malnutrition in men, women and children affected by serious illness. It began during the AIDS crisis when Ganga Stone, a hospice worker, began providing home-cooked meals for an AIDS patient too ill to cook for himself. While delivering food one day, a local minister told Ganga, “You’re not just delivering food…you’re delivering God’s love.” And thus, the name was born.

Since then, GLWD has served over 13 million meals within the Tri-state area. Its clients are people affected by diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s, and other life-altering illnesses. Volunteers cook and deliver 4,200 meals daily, which are nutritionally tailored to the recipients’ needs. Staffed with professional dieticians, they also provide unlimited nutrition education and counseling to its clients, families, caregivers, and the community. There is no waiting list for GLWD’s services, and all meals are provided free of charge without regard to income. Because GLWD’s philosophy is when sickness affects one person, it affects the entire family they also provide meals to the children and senior caregivers of their clients.

All services are provided thanks to 76 professional staff members and nearly 8,000 volunteers annually. Serving the community, GLWD attracts a loyal volunteer base. On average their volunteers provide five years of service. It’s not something overlooked by this charity. Their gratitude is evident throughout the building, its walls tiled with the names of devoted volunteers.

As we toured the spotless kitchen, Erica and I were introduced to Chuck, or as he’s called “The Baker”. Chuck joined GLWD in 1991, and has since been bringing sweetness to their client’s lives. You want evidence of love? Chuck bakes birthday cakes for each client, their children and caregivers – all personally hand-inscribed with a personalized message.

Are you interested in making a difference within your community? Get involved and join us for an evening of volunteering!

Join us! ESD's covering an evening baking shift with Chuck "The Baker"
Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 166 Avenue of the Americas @ Spring St

To Sign Up, email me at lora@ericasaradesigns.com by Wednesday, January 23rd. We have room for 8 volunteers.

As a thank you, everyone who RSVPs will be entered into a raffle for an ESD Awareness Charm of your choice!

Unable to join us? Shop the ESD Awareness Collection, where 20% of net proceeds will be donated on a quarterly basis to one of our partner charities, such as GLWD. In addition, if an Awareness charm’s added to any other necklace or bracelet order, 10% of the net proceeds from that necklace or bracelet will also be donated.

Many thanks to the wonderful staff at GLWD for helping us organize this opportunity! Check out additional photos from our visit here


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