Jennifer Carland, RD, CDN


April is the time to celebrate those who dedicate their time to be leaders in our community as we recognize National Volunteer Appreciation Month. Without volunteers, communities across that nation would not be able to strengthen and progress.


Volunteering can offer several health and personal benefits including:

•Help you stay physically healthy

•Combat depression

•Provide a sense of purpose

•Help you make new friends

•Familiarize yourself with the community

•Increase your social/relationship skills

•Increase self-confidence

•Help you keep busy

•Provide career experience

•Teach you valuable job skills

Just ask any of our volunteers about their experience with Meals on Wheels! Lydia, who helps deliver meals at our Delores C. Nelson site, explains that she finds that she has a lot in common with a lot of the senior citizens and looks forward to greeting them each day. Another volunteer, Brenda from Lovejoy, states “it’s enjoyable, especially with the connection I have with some of our clients. I look forward to seeing them every day. Besides, an hour or so a day helping someone else makes me feel good!”

Want to get involved? At Meals on Wheels, there are volunteer opportunities available to fit into your busy schedule. It only takes an hour out of your day to provide food and friendship to our homebound neighbors. Just think – dedicating some of your time to Meals on Wheels not only enriches the lives of the homebound elderly or disabled who are in need, but can also benefit you. Call 822-2002 or click here for more information.