We can’t say enough thanks to our incredible Home Delivered Meals volunteers! Their dedication to ensuring the safety of the older adults they serve each day is truly inspiring. While their main task is to deliver nutritious meals, they regularly serve our clients in ways that extend well beyond making a simple delivery. Check out just a few of the ways our volunteers have made a meaningful difference in the lives of the individuals they serve.
A Re-Assuring Presence When It Was Needed Most
On a hot summer day, a Meals recipient locked herself out of her home prior to her delivery. When the volunteer meals driver arrived, she quickly jumped into action and called 911 for assistance. The volunteer stayed with the client until she was safely inside her home, and then resumed delivering the rest of the meals on her route.
Making Lasting Connections
An incredible volunteer who has delivered meals for over thirty years took a break from delivering during the early months of the pandemic. Months later, when he returned to meals delivery, he was placed on a different route than he had served before. The driver and the clients were both surprised and thrilled to find that the volunteer was once again delivering to clients he had served in the past. It was a joyful reunion for both!
Serving as KYC’s “Eyes” to the Needs and Concerns of Clients
With the help of a volunteer, KYC staff learned of a client whose access to her home was blocked as a result of excessive snow falls. Thanks to the caring and observant volunteer, our staff were able to see that snow was cleared and that the client was safely able to come and go from her home.
Ensuring Safety through Consistency
Our volunteers get to know the people they serve, and are able to spot when something is out of the ordinary and may need to be checked out for safety. Concerned when a client did not answer his door in the time it usually took, a volunteer walked to the side of the house to see if he could learn more. After hearing the client’s soft voice, he looked inside a window to see that the client had fallen. The volunteer quickly called 911 and stayed in sight of the client, providing comfort and reassurance until help arrived.
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Become a Volunteer
KYC is grateful for the many volunteers who have served our Meals program throughout the decades. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Meals volunteer, connect with our Volunteer Coordinator today!
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