Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals primarily to elderly people in need. In Ontario County, they rely on 200 volunteers to accomplish this mission. Currently they have 135 of those slots open.
“Well, we are in desperate need of volunteers right now. We have 48 open routes,” says Tammy Richmond, volunteer coordinator for Ontario County. She says this time of year is when many of the volunteers leave for warmer temperatures, and the impact is being felt.
“We need folks in Canandaigua especially. In Clifton Springs we also need some drivers,” she adds.
Richmond says many times the drivers are the only personal interaction recipients get in a day. The visiting volunteers also serve as a morale boost and welfare check, and often times, those volunteers say they get more out of it than those they are delivering to.