MOW_wrazen_lahrThe Meals on Wheels Association of America has awarded second place in their “American Volunteer Contest” to a volunteer from Western New York. Jim Wrazen, a Lovejoy resident who has volunteered with Meals on Wheels for Western New York (MOW) for eight years, received the award in recognition of his service to the organization with the help of an online voting campaign.

Wrazen has volunteered with the organization for eight years, delivering meals five days a week to residents in the Lovejoy area. A short video outlining his commitment to the organization was submitted to the national competition, with winners recently announced at a conference in Boston.

“We are very proud of the service that Jim has provided to our organization over the past decade,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, MOW, said. “We were thrilled to be able to tell his story on a national stage. We hope to spotlight many more of our great volunteers in the years to come. We also want to thank the hundreds of local residents who voted for Jim. The incredible support of the local community is once again key to our success.”

For many clients, the Meals on Wheels volunteers and staff may be the only visitors they receive regularly, so the companionship is just as important as the meals. The organization has nearly 1,500 volunteers delivering meals to homebound seniors and disabled residents across Erie County.