MEALS ON WHEELS’ BONNIE MCMORROW RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

BonnieMcMorrow-2014-SMALLBonnie McMorrow, Director of Social Work for Meals on Wheels for WNY, has received the Dr. Evan Calkins Meritorious Service Award from the Network in Aging.

Network in Aging gives this prestigious service award each year to one individual who advocates on behalf of seniors and makes a positive contribution to the delivery of services for the elderly, while increasing public awareness and expanding understanding of the aging process.

McMorrow has more than 30 years of service to the WNY community, and has been the Director of Social Work for Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW) since 1999.  Prior to that she was an intake Social Worker with MOW (1990 – 1999).  She also worked as a Senior Caseworker with the Erie County Department of Social Services (1963 – 1971).

In her current position, McMorrow plays a crucial role in making sure that the homebound seniors and disabled individuals in WNY are receiving food and friendship on a daily basis. The Social Work department is the main client contact center for the organization and also the triage unit for concerns regarding clients and for outreach to caregivers and community partners.

Social Work, in combination with 1,500 volunteers, ensures that approximately 1,800 homebound individuals get a wellness check each day.  The Social Work department, under McMorrow’s guidance, is directly responsible for savings numerous lives each year.  For example, last winter a client with dementia got stuck in a snow bank getting the mail. Social Work and the volunteer immediately contacted 911 and were then able to quickly get him wrapped in a blanket and get in touch with his caregivers while waiting for emergency services.  His family arrived at the hospital the same time he did; his story has a happy ending.

McMorrow oversees a team of four other Social Workers, providing them with the guidance and experience she has gained over the years.

McMorrow is a board member for Network in Aging, and an active volunteer with the Nardin Academy Alumni Association – where she just assisted with planning an extensive reunion event.

She also has more than 25 years of volunteer experience at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where she served on the Junior Board, served as an ex-officio member of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation, and worked in conjunction with a variety of programs. She held a number of committee chairmanships over the years – including executive board, recording secretary, vice president, president and advisor.

McMorrow lives in Tonawanda, NY with her husband Dan.