SAN FRANCISCO—On Thanksgiving Day, 16 members of PG&E’s InspirAsian Employee Resource Group and their families gave up their morning to volunteer at Self-Help for the Elderly’s 29th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon event at Lady Shaw Senior Center in Chinatown.
Along with 100 volunteers from the San Francisco Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department, Wells Fargo, Deloitte Touche and UPS, PG&E volunteers helped pack 820 cold food pouches and then assembled and sealed hot food trays for delivery to seniors who were not able to attend the luncheon in person.
After preparing the meals, volunteers also stayed and helped out in the dining area where hot Thanksgiving lunches were served to more than 1,500 seniors. Altogether, Self-Help provided more than 3,000 traditional turkey lunches throughout San Francisco that day.
This is the ninth year that PG&E volunteered at Self-Help’s Thanksgiving Luncheon. PG&E volunteers were publicly recognized at the beginning of the luncheon by Anni Chung, the executive director of Self-Help, and a representative from the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s office, for the company’s community volunteerism.
Originally created as a “War on Poverty” program, Self-Help for the Elderly is the largest non-profit agency serving seniors in San Francisco’s Chinatown community. Established in 1966, the agency provides social services and hot meals to low-income and isolated elderly. Today, Self-Help for the Elderly serves more than 25,000 seniors each year in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties through an integrated system of quality programs and services.