Tips to Avoid Scams on #GivingTuesday

November 27, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide effort to raise awareness and motivate action for the common good. Whigive tuesle the holidays are often a time to give back, it’s also a time to make sure that your financial and volunteer contributions are wisely donated. Cyber criminals capitalize on the generosity of the public and set up fake charity sites and pocket the donations. Here are some helpful tips to avoid scams and ensure you are giving to a reputable organization on Giving Tuesday.

  • Only give to a charity you know. Be suspicious of email solicitations unless you have previously provided your email address to a charity.
  • Do your research! Be on the lookout for “sound alike” charities and street-corner collectors. There are a variety of online resources that provide free access to comprehensive reports about non-profit organizations. Start with a visit to California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts, Guidestar and Charity Navigator. Plus, go to the organization’s website and really get a good understanding of what the charity does and who benefits from your donation.
  • Do not send money to a P.O. Box. Make sure the organization has an actual street address, where you can go and see the charity in action at anytime. Also, do not send cash and do not wire money.
  • Take precaution when donating online. Be aware of fake charities advertised on social media pages. Beware of phony websites and donate though a website that is secure by looking for “https” not “http.” Also, do not open unsolicited e-mail appeals because they can be an attempt to attain important personal information.
  • Ask for tour of their location. Or even better just show up unannounced. A reputable charity would be delighted to give you a tour on the spot.
  • There should be no hard sell. A charity that can use your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.
  • If you think you’ve been scammed, notify the authorities immediately.

San Diego is consistently rated among the most philanthropic cities and we know residents have a kind heart.  Take these tips with you wherever you decide to give this coming Tuesday.  Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

An Attitude of Gratitude

November 26, 2014 - Serving Seniors

With Thanksgiving festivities underway there is an obvious emphasis on gratitude.  Many of us have the tradition of going around the table and giving thanks before digging into our plates of turkey and creamy potatoes.  In that same spirit, we asked our seniors what they’re grateful for at the moment.  Many of our clients are living at or below the poverty level and rely heavily on our center for meals and services yet most maintain an attitude of gratitude for what little they have. Let it be a lesson to us all that no matter our walk of life, there is always something to be thankful for. We are grateful for the seniors who touch our lives every day.

We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving along with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but don’t forget about Giving Tuesday!  #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, people from around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. We have so much to be grateful for, now it’s time to give back. When Tuesday rolls around, we’d love for you to join the generosity movement and help us feed seniors in need. Have a wonderful holiday!

Giving Tuesday



Serving Seniors Named Top Workplace in San Diego!

November 19, 2014 - Serving Seniors

Last week, U-T San Diego hosted the Top Workplaces Awards ceremony. We are proud to announce that Serving Seniors won first place and was named The Top Workplace in San Diego!

The Serving Seniors Nutrition Staff

Serving Seniors Nutrition Staff


 “Top Workplaces” are based on employee satisfaction surveys. We took first place in the small business category which combines for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The results proved what we already know to be true – our staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated individuals who strongly believe in the work we do. The important take away is that companies win or lose based on how their employees rate the company. 13,803 employees total were surveyed during this process and our 64 employees ranked the highest!

Thank you, U-T San Diego, for recognizing us in this way.  We are proud to have an incredible staff that is dedicated to helping San Diego’s seniors.



Help Us End Hunger This Holiday Season

November 5, 2014 - Serving Seniors

The holidays are swiftly approaching and with this time of year comes an abundance of food, celebrations, and special time with loved ones. Sadly, this is not the case for the majority of the seniors we serve. Many don’t have family or support and some even wonder when and if they will see their next meal.


Nobody should ever go hungry in a world where there is more than enough to go around. It is especially devastating for seniors who are such a vulnerable population. The folks we serve are typically on a limited, fixed income and they struggle to make ends meet. They are often forced to choose between rent and food. These seniors simply don’t have the funds to live a healthy, fulfilling life on their own. That is where we step in and try to bridge the gap.

We provide warm meals to seniors 365 days a year at our downtown Wellness Center and various sites throughout San Diego County. These balanced meals provide warmth and nourishment while our Wellness Center provides a second home and family. Our services are critical for the well-being of the seniors who utilize them.

We have launched our Fill A Plate campaign to ensure no senior goes hungry this holiday season.

Did you know it only costs $2.50 to provide a senior with a warm meal?  That is less than one latte at Starbucks! Our goal is to fill 100,000 plates this holiday season and throughout next year. We know we can do it with YOUR help.

There are a few ways you can help us reach this ambitious goal:

1.) Spread the word! Share our YouTube videos, blog posts, Facebook updates and tweets amongst your circles. The click of a button increases awareness and can translate to filled plates. Let’s see more sharing and less hunger.
2.) Donate now. If you choose to give a gift right now you will receive a coupon to the Broken Yolk Café as a thank you from one of our community partners.
3.) Visit Azucar in Ocean Beach and make a donation. Azucar is a Cuban style patisserie and community partner helping us end hunger.

We are confident that with your help we can feed all of the hungry seniors in San Diego this holiday season. Thank you for your support and for helping a senior in need. We couldn’t do what we do without YOU.


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