Mobile Meals of Toledo is currently seeking volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly, the ailing, the disabled and the homebound in the East Toledo area.
Those volunteers would pick up meals at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Depending on the number of deliveries, routes take about an hour to an hour and a half to complete.
“Without the help of volunteers, Mobile Meals would be unable to operate,” said Carolyn Fox, Mobile Meals associate executive director. “The meals that are delivered help our clients maintain their independence.
“And for some, the meals make it possible to remain independent and to stay in their homes,” she added.
The knock on the door or the ring of the doorbell at lunchtime can be the highpoint of the day for homebound clients, and may represent the only human contact they get on any given day.
“We ask that volunteers commit to once or twice a month, but we’re happy to work around individual schedules,” Fox said. Volunteers can also sign up to deliver as a substitute on an on-call basis.
“We welcome retirees, stay-at-home moms, students who need service hours and business people willing to give up their lunch hours a couple of times a month,” Fox said.
“We’ve been lucky that, even with the high gas prices, we haven’t had a real big turnover – our volunteers are very committed,” she said, adding that most routes would probably take about a gallon of gas or so to complete. “Even with the volunteers we have, we always need more.”
In 2007, volunteers delivered more than 533,000 meals to Mobile Meals’ clients.
To volunteer or obtain more information, contact Mobile Meals at 419-255-7806 or visit www.mobilemeals.org.