The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The mission of Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. is to help our clients sustain independence and enhance their quality of life by delivering nutritious food right to their home.
Through the help of volunteers, Mobile Meals of Toledo delivers meals to individuals with a medical need. This need may be long term or short term. And while the bulk of Mobile Meals' clients are seniors, age is not a deciding factor in whether someone is eligible for the home delivered meal service that Mobile Meals of Toledo provides. Individuals who volunteer with Mobile Meals may deliver meals to an elderly woman who is no longer able to stand for long periods of time or a young man who has been in an accident and needs to go through physical therapy before he has full function of his hands again. An additional part of the delivery program is that volunteers are able to build relationships and check in on the clients each time they deliver. This direct service allows indivdiuals to have instant feedback and see what a difference they make in the lives of the individuals they are serving.
I have been a Mobile Meals volunteer for almost five years now and it seems like yesterday that I delivered my first meal. It is truly a rewarding experience. To smile, to talk, to help them with a task...whatever they may need that day I am stopping by. We do make a difference to them.
Mobile Meals is a terrifically easy volunteer opportunity... One in which the rewards far outweigh the effort. I look at my volunteer time as my little "mid-day getaway" from my desk. I get a break from the grind (and some oxygen to the brain) while the folks on my route get nutritious food and a friendly "hello" which hopefully brightens their day as much as it does mine! Talk to your boss and then to your co-workers... maybe a couple people can share a route if you are unsure about the commitment - Try it once and you'll be hooked!
Mobile Meals is a wonderful way to give back to our community. I always get way more than I give; the people I deliver to are lovely, and we have developed some great friendships over the years. Do it; you will be glad you did!
Mobile Meals is an awesome charity that helps so many people stay in their homes that would otherwise be in nursing or assisted living homes. The people are wonderful and so appreciative of the volunteers that come to their homes. You don't just deliver food, you make someones day by just bringing along your smiles!