American Volunteer Voting Opens July 25!

The 2013 American Volunteer Contest opens July 25! Pick your favorite volunteer(s) by watching all of the videos and voting for the individual(s) who you want to win most.

The current nominees are:

  • Brian Ellis, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, VA
  • Dale St. Pierre, Meals On Wheels of Summerville, Inc., SC
  • Dr. Donna Jacobi, Council on Aging of West Florida, Inc., FL
  • Helen  Heron, East Cooper Meals On Wheels, SC
  • Jim Wrazen, Meals On Wheels for Western New York, NY
  • John Tydings, Meals On Wheels Rochester, NY
  • Lynda Sharbrough, Family Service Rochester – Rochester Meals On Wheels, MN
  • Mainstreet Credit Union, Johnson County Nutrition Program, KS
  • Marge Bali, Medina County Nutrition Center, TX
  • Murel Johnson, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels, OR
  • Phil Cihiwsky, Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc., CA
  • Shirley Howe, Community Renewal Team, Inc., CT
  • The Summer Angels, Senior Services, Inc., GA

Voting will remain open until August 23. The three volunteers who receive the most votes will be acknowledged at the 2013 Meals On Wheels Annual Conference and Common Goods Expo in Boston, MA, on August 30. The volunteer who receives the most votes will be presented with the American Volunteer Award and his or her nominating program will receive a check for $1,000. The second and third place volunteers’ nominating programs will be presented with a check for $750 and $500 respectively.

Something to be Thankful For

Meals On Wheels of San Francisco recently received a thank you note from one of its clients, Henrieta. The program, which opened its own kitchen in 1995, provides over 2,000 seniors with home delivered meals. Another reason to be thankful for Meals On Wheels of San Francisco is its Spring Cleaning All Year Round program.

While delivering meals, many of the volunteers realized that some their clients’ homes were dusty and cluttered. The Spring Cleaning program was shortly thereafter created. Now, volunteers spend a few hours tidying and dusting the homes of their clients who need a little extra help sprucing up their homes.

Learn more about the program and how you can get involved here.

Don’t Empty My Plate

Sequestration-the across-the-board federal cuts-is affecting government funded programs all throughout the country. In an effort to raise awareness of the negative effects these slashes in funding will have, the Ashe County Senior Center in North Carolina is relying on the people it serves to help tell its story.

Over 30 seniors participated in the “Don’t Empty My Plate” campaign, writing messages to their elected officials on paper plates to protest the sequester’s cuts to Meals on Wheels.

U.S. Congresswoman, Virginia Foxx, U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, and state representatives will be receiving the plates with messages like “This is the only healthy meal I eat each day,” and “Don’t take our meals away.” Visit here to learn more about the sequester’s effects on Meals on Wheels.