Meals on Wheels Rowan Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Month

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – In April, Meals on Wheels Rowan celebrated its dedicated volunteers who support the organization by delivering meals, groceries, and more. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver over 250 meals each weekday. In 2021, more than 1,000 volunteers delivered 97,379 meals to homebound seniors in Rowan County

Meals on Wheels Rowan kicked off Volunteer Appreciation Month with the ‘Walk on the Green’ event on March 25 at Bell Tower Green in Salisbury town centre. Each volunteer who participated received a free hot dog meal provided by The Hotdog Shack.

Program Director Sandy Combs said, “Volunteers do more than just deliver meals. For many of our attendees, a quick chat during meal delivery is the only social interaction they get that day. Meal delivery is the key to opening the door to building a relationship with our attendees. Volunteers inform staff if the participant appears ill and alert us to any changes in condition or environment. This information allows us to connect the participant to other services they may need.

Each volunteer received a special Meals on Wheels tote bag as a small token of appreciation. “This month, we made sure to have plenty of treats and treats available in the office for volunteers,” Combs said. Board Chairman Tom Robinson said, “It’s a challenge to cover the 511 square miles of Rowan County every day of the week. We recognize the mileage, money and time it takes our volunteers to ensure that all attendees receive their meals.

Robinson added, “Many of our volunteers go the “extra mile” to interact with attendees. Some volunteers establish special relationships with the seniors they meet. We are grateful for every volunteer and their service to our seniors and our community. Rowan Meals on Wheels participant Margaret recently wrote, “The volunteers who deliver our meals every day are the highlight of my day…I also had the chance to meet a wonderful volunteer who lives in my neighbourhood. She calls me to check on me and I am very grateful to her.

In addition to meal delivery volunteers, Meals on Wheels Rowan relies on a small group of grocery store volunteers, many of whom also deliver meals. In April 2020, Meals on Wheels launched the Grocery Program to provide grocery support to housebound seniors who can still prepare their meals but lack the financial resources, transportation or mobility to do so. their races. Diane Goodnight, the Grocery Program Coordinator, said, “We have a group of about 15 regular volunteers who buy and deliver groceries to participants every two weeks. Grocery store

Shopping is a great volunteer option for people who can’t deliver meals in the morning or need a more flexible volunteer schedule.

For animal lovers, Meals on Wheels is also looking for AniMEALs volunteers who can help transport participants’ animals to the vet. Rose Jones, Program Assistant in charge of Veterinary Connections, said: “We recognize that not everyone has the time to deliver meals or groceries. Another way to support Meals on Wheels is help transport pets to local veterinary clinics.

Sandy Combs added that volunteers could help with special projects. Several groups prepare breakfast bags, birthday bags or offer special treats to our participants.

Volunteers are still needed to deliver meals every day of the week. Meal deliveries usually take around 1-1.5 hours. For those in the Salisbury area, meal pickup begins at 10:30 a.m. from the Meals on Wheels Rowan office at 1307 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer. East Rowan routes deliver from Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Granite Quarry. South Rowan routes depart from Mt. Zion United Church of Christ in China Grove, and Gold Hill routes depart from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. In the western part of Rowan County, routes depart from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Mt. Ulla and Cleveland routes depart from RHA in Cleveland. If you are interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels Rowan, contact Sandy Combs at [email protected] or visit www.mowrowan.org.

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