NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH 2015 RECAP

2015volunteerrecognitioneventNational Volunteer Month

Nearly 1,500 volunteers help to feed our community each year, delivering meals across Western New York. As thanks during National Volunteer Month, each one of our volunteers received a blue Meals on Wheels notebook as appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Volunteer Recognition Event 2015 – Celebrating our milestone volunteers

In conjunction with April’s National Volunteer Month, we welcomed our 20 year, 25 year, 30 year, and 35 year volunteers and their families to a recognition event in the Community Center. The event celebrated each volunteer’s dedication to serving the Western New York community.

Each volunteer honored at this event received a commemorative plate with their name and years of service inscribed on it, a certificate from their Erie County Legislator, and were added to plaques on our volunteer hall of fame. Watch a video recap of the event here:

Orchard Park Volunteer Recognized by the County

Orchard Park volunteer Alan Winistorfer was honored as the Erie County Senior of the Month! Alan was awarded a certificate from Erie County Senior Services and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for calling 911 after a client had fallen into the snow and for calling 911 after finding another client who was not breathing. He saved two lives! Read more about his recognition here. 

Senior of the Month

New Adopt-A-Routes

National Volunteer Month welcomed collaboration with local organizations in the addition of two new Adopt-A-Routes. Venture Forth and JBM Computer Consultants will be delivering meals out of their neighborhood delivery sites. Your organization can Adopt-A-Route as well! Learn more here.

Boy Scouts Build New Signs for Main Office

We welcomed a Boy Scout troop to Meals on Wheels. These talented individuals built new signs for display outside our main office. The new signs direct visitors to the attached Community Center and help them find the correct entrance for the building.

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Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Delivers Meals and Prepares Birthday Gifts

The girls of the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart helped to deliver meals, as well as prepare gifts for meal recipients celebrating their birthday.

Girl Scouts Make Cards for Clients

Girl Scout Troops 884 and 38004, along with their parents, came to Meals on Wheels in early April to make birthday cards for clients, take a tour of the building, and learn more about the organization.

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Bishop Timon St. Jude High School’s Day of Giving

In South Buffalo, volunteers from Timon helped fold envelopes and carry meals to our volunteers’ cars. This was part of Timon’s “Day of Giving.”

Students from Local Schools Make Crafts for Mother’s Day

Local school students made gifts for clients to celebrate Mother’s Day. Beautiful paper roses will be delivered to some meals recipients in advance of the May 10 holiday.

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Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the mission of Meals on Wheels! Learn more about volunteering here.