Volunteering at Meals on Wheels WNY in honor of National Philanthropy Day

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At Meals on Wheels 5,000 meals are packed into vans and delivered to home bound seniors and people in need everyday, and volunteers play a big role in keeping the operation going.

“Without our volunteers out there everyday, without the donations we get we wouldn’t be able to have the program that we have right now,” said Lisa Woodring, Meals on Wheels for WNY Chief Development Officer.

Starting at 6 am crews start preparing and packaging healthy meals at the Buffalo Meals on Wheels facility for the daily lunchtime delivery.

“Volunteers are at 1 of our 25 home delivered sites that they’ll pick up their coolers and ovens with their hot and cold meals and they’ll deliver them to our clients,” said Woodring.

Meals reach seniors and people in need across Western New York from as far away as Springville to Buffalo.

“It’s really a wellness check and so sometimes that client, the only person that they have come to the door is really our volunteers for Meals on Wheels,” said Kathy Graim, Meals on Wheels for WNY Chief Operating Officer.

“We always have a need for volunteering whether it be delivering meals, we also have some reception area duties that can be done or even envelope stuffing and things like that,” said Woodring.

Volunteers like Mark Lee say it’s a rewarding experience.

“Last week I had the opportunity to deliver to a World War II veteran and that was the highlight of my volunteering experience so far,” said Mark Lee, volunteer.

F(r more information on how you can volunteer, go to https://mealsonwheelswny.org/volunteer/

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