MEALS ON WHEELS
We are so grateful to our volunteers for their caring service in support of our seniors .
Serving more than 3,000 meals to Sacramento ’ s seniors every day , Meals on Wheels ( MoW ) by ACC helps keep seniors in their homes and communities by providing nutritious meals , safety net services and friendly social contact . The organization ’ s volunteers are at the very heart of the local nonprofit ’ s mission and services .
“ We have the most incredible volunteers ,” says Kevin McAllister , executive director of MoW by ACC . “ Truly , they are the backbone of our organization and make it possible for us to support the region ’ s seniors , including volunteering for our home meal delivery program , supporting our meal voucher program , working in our cafés , and more .”
Currently , MoW has approximately 200 volunteers . Carolyn Kay , a MoW volunteer for the past eight years , says it is a privilege to volunteer with an organization that embodies hard work and cares deeply for the population it serves . “ I am of the same generation as the seniors we care for and I know how much they value being seen ,” Kay says . “ When I first
started delivering meals , one of the gentlemen I served had been rescued from a very bad situation . He was skin and bones and unable to walk on his own . After months of our deliveries , he was able to recover and met me outside walking without his walker !”
Echoing Kay ’ s sentiments is Sharon Yamamoto , who has volunteered for MoW for six years and says it is positive both for her and the MoW participants . “ I get the pleasure to serve a person who needs extra help in life , to chat with them and to listen when they need an ear ,” Yamamoto says .
To celebrate all the MoW by ACC volunteers , the nonprofit hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation event this month . The event was circus-themed , with food provided by Drewski ’ s Hot Rod Kitchen .
“ This event is our way to say ‘ thank you ’ to our wonderful volunteers ,” McAllister says . “ As we continue to rebuild after the pandemic , we hope to recruit even more volunteers so we can keep doing this great work .”
“ What I love most about volunteering for MoW is performing a service for the community and keeping in contact with our seniors so they stay engaged .”
— Teresa Kahl , Volunteer for MoW by ACC
7375 Park City Drive Sacramento , CA 95831 ( 916 ) 444-9533 www . mowsac . org
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