Make a Difference as a Volunteer for Evening Meals on Wheels
Written by Admin | January 30, 2017 | In The News
Make a difference in the community with just a couple of hours and your car. Be a part of a great group of volunteers who deliver Evening Meals on Wheels!
A simple meal, made fresh and delivered hot, matters to seniors, adults with disabilities and others who are shut-ins. Volunteers soon realize that they’re part of something bigger than a meal delivery service. In some cases, the volunteer may be the only person to contact the recipient all day. A minute or two to chat is all it takes to relieve some loneliness and isolation. Plus, those few minutes of contact mean that someone is checking on the client, an important aspect of a Meals on Wheels program.
The meal delivery process itself is simple. After packaging, the meals are sent to distribution sites where volunteers pick them up and make deliveries late in the afternoon, at the end of a workday. It may take one to two hours, from pick up to final delivery. Volunteers choose which distribution sites work best for them, and how often they want to make deliveries. Volunteers also may group together and “Adopt A Route,” a wonderful option for work teams, clubs, neighborhoods, families and others. Training for the volunteers is provided.
The Evening Meals on Wheels program, which is nationally accredited, is the only evening program in Dane County. It is managed by Independent Living, Inc.
A car and a little time can make a tremendous difference for elders and others who receive meals through Evening Meals on Wheels. Start a rewarding experience by contacting Volunteer Services at Independent Living today at 608-268-9641 direct or firstname.lastname@example.org.