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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity where you make a difference each time you donate your time? Mobile Meals of Toledo has the perfect volunteer “job” based on your availability.

“Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others,” Toledo-born actor Danny Thomas once said.

Mobile Meals is looking for a few good volunteers to help deliver food to seniors, the ill, disabled and homebound needing assistance. Volunteers for regular routes and substitutions are needed for pick-up out of Mercy St. Charles (Navarre & Wheeling).

According to Paige Strancar, volunteer coordinator, the number of volunteers in the area have dropped off in recent months.

“Many of our volunteers are retirees,” Strancar said. “Many of them have been delivering the meals for years and they are not able to do it anymore. We are hoping to get new volunteers to replace them.”

Starncar said volunteers are needed to deliver meals out of Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. Clients are located in Oregon, Northwood, Walbridge, Rossford, Millbury and all points east.

Other pick-up site locations available are Mercy Campus (Jefferson Avenue), Great Lakes Light & Sound (Hill Avenue & Arco Drive), Gordon Food Service (Alexis Rd near Lewis Avenue), St. Luke’s Hospital (Maumee) and Medical Mutual (on Sylvania Avenue near Talmadge).

“We would love to get volunteers who are willing and able to take their lunch hours and make the deliveries as well as retirees who have the time to help someone who is homebound,” Strancar said. “Right now we have 30 clients in the area, but that number will grow in the winter, when many people are not able to get out.”

Volunteers can deliver twice a month or, if they have time, once a week, Strancar said. Volunteers can also help the client in ways beyond the delivery of nutritious meals.

“We ask that volunteers be the eyes and ears for the organization,” she said. “They can report things that may be abnormal to case managers or the family. They may help heat the meal, and socialize with our clients. Many of them are homebound and really do appreciate the company.”

Many of the people who use Mobile Meals can refer themselves to the agency. Clients are also referred by their doctors and by family members.

“Mobile Meals helps people to be able to stay independent and in their own homes longer,” she said. “It also helps the caregiver by alleviating the worry about what to cook for each meal or where that meals is going to come from.”

To volunteer, please call Paige Strancar at (419) 255-7806. You can also fill out a form online at mobilemeals.org. More information can also be had by emailing volunteer@mobilemeals.org.

 

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