Volunteer Story

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VOLUNTEER STORY

JUDY, MEALS ON WHEELS FOR WNY VOLUNTEER

During my career as a nurse, I saw the dramatic impact home-delivered meals had on the homebound of our community. Supplying a nutritious meal was one of the biggest problems we faced. Meals on Wheels has been a lifeline for those in need of a healthy, well-balanced diet.

I began volunteering whenever I had time just to see what it was like, and when my kids grew old enough to leave the house, I began volunteering more regularly. I saw the impact these meals and the daily visits had on the lives of those who received them, and I wanted to be a part of helping the elderly and disabled community even after retiring.

Seeing the people on my delivery route on a regular basis has created lifelong friendships. For some of our clients, talking to a volunteer is the only social interaction they would have over the course of a day. I’m happy that I can bring a warm smile and compassion along with a hot meal.

Meals on Wheels gives lots of meals to lots of people, and I know both the food and companionship we give them is deeply appreciated. Now, 24 years later, I am still a volunteer. I even bring my grandson with me to deliver meals whenever he is in town!