Honoring 28 Volunteers Reaching 20, 25 and 30 Years of Service!

Meals on Wheels for Western New York is proud to honor our milestone volunteers as part of National Volunteer Month!

Daily meal delivery wouldn’t be possible without the help of 1,700 dedicated volunteers who deliver the meals to the homebound clients.  For some of those volunteers, the experience becomes a permanent part of their lives. This year, Meals on Wheels honored 28 volunteers who have reached 20, 25, or 30 years of service.

These milestone volunteers were honored at an event on April 26. The honorees were celebrated during the program and enjoyed music, food and drinks alongside their family and friends.

The following individuals were honored this year:
• 30 years, Kathie Brinkworth, South Buffalo Site
• 30 years, Joan Darstein, West Seneca Site
• 30 years, Jane Giardina, West Seneca Site
• 30 years, Richard Petersen, Colden Site
• 30 years, Betty Roaldi, Lancaster Site
• 30 years, Phyllis Saviola, South Cheektowaga Site
• 30 years, Frank Spinner, West Side Site
• 30 years, Ann Wargula, South Cheektowaga Site
• 25 years, Nancy Brundage, Clarence Site
• 25 years, Betty Hermann, Boston Site
• 25 years, Marian Kihl, Lancaster Site
• 25 years, Robert Morey, West Seneca Site
• 25 years, Martha Mummery, East Aurora Site
• 25 years, Stanley Pawelek, East Aurora Site
• 20 years, May Bieth, Orchard Park Site
• 20 years, Carol Ann and Joseph Bove, South Cheektowaga Site
• 20 years, Carolyn and George Dorigo, Clarence Site
• 20 years, Kim and Jerry Kucharski, Lancaster Site
• 20 years, Jan Majors, Lancaster Site
• 20 years, Carol Montfort, South Cheektowaga Site
• 20 years, Brenda Rockwood, Orchard Park Site
• 20 years, Kathy Schiffler, Orchard Park Site
• 20 years, Virginia Thessen, East Aurora Site
• 20 years, Jean Trank Patterson, East Aurora Site
• 20 years, Mary Williams, Orchard Park Site

“It’s incredible to think about the number of volunteers that we have who reach these impressive service milestones,” Chris Procknal, President and CEO, MOW-WNY, said. “It’s rare for someone to stay at a paid job for 20, 25 or 30 years – let alone a volunteer opportunity. But many of our volunteers become close friends with the clients and the regular meal delivery visits become as important to our volunteers as they are to our clients. We are so incredibly grateful.”

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