V and D

Donors Victor and Dixie come to the office to share St. Patty’s Day cheer!

Reason #1: Help senior citizens stay in their homes.

Reason #2: Help senior citizens remain healthy.

Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque enables seniors to remain in their homes where they want to be. By keeping them healthy with well-balanced, healthy meals, we are improving their overall health and well-being AND reducing the cost burden on the communities they live in. About our services:

  • 84% say it helps them eat healthier;
  • 92% say it enables them to remain at home;
  • 87% say it makes them feel more safe and secure.” *

Ever wonder who the seniors are that are being served by our program?

  • 64% are women;
  • 37% live in poverty;
  • 27% belong to a minority group;
  • 37% live in rural communities;
  • 51% live alone; and
  • 60% say that a single meal helps provide ½ or more of their total daily food.*

*from Meals on Wheels of America’s fact pages (http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/theissue/facts-resources)

Reason #3: Keep the Meals on Wheels program running.

Last year, our volunteers donated over 57,000 hours of time to our organization. We could NOT survive without volunteers! Volunteers contribute their valuable time by delivering meals, working in the kitchen, and assisting with additional r activities—all of which are necessary for our programs to run. The volunteers are the bedrock of Meals on Wheels

We have exciting new volunteer positions available for those interested in using various talents and skills:

  1. Assisting in the administrative offices.
  2. Volunteer Speakers Bureau – represent Meals on Wheels when speaking to small community groups (i.e. Churches, Rotary clubs, schools, etc.) and man booths at Health Fairs and other public gatherings.
  3. Love on a Leash pet program.
  4. Other volunteer positions yet to come.

Reason #4: Change people’s lives for the better.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to volunteer. You are helping to change the lives of 500 people a day.

Reason #5: Personal Satisfaction.

Here are just two of the many stories that illustrate how volunteers feel good when volunteering at Meals on Wheels:

  • “I’ll never forget the gratitude on their faces, their stories, their warmth and kindness, and THEM! I’ve since delivered meals for multiple programs. I’ve served meals in congregate centers, and I’ve prepared meals for next-day distribution.   I will never stop! All it took was one volunteer experience for me to get me ‘hooked’ ” *

*from Meals on Wheels of America’s fact pages (http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/theissue/facts-resources)

  • After hand-delivering a birthday card and singing Happy Birthday to a client, one of our Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque drivers stated. The moment was worth a million bucks.”