Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels
WINNSBORO — Even though the holidays are a long way off yet, some people are already shopping for gifts. And really, it’s not too early to be thinking about a very special gift: the gift of your time.
The Fairfield County Council on Aging (FCCOA) hopes that you’ll think of gifting them with some of your precious time and become a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
Just a few hours out of your busy schedule can be a priceless gift for some seniors in Fairfield County.
“We have several meal routes in and around Winnsboro, where we’d love to see some kind-hearted people volunteer to carry the meals,” said FCCOA Meals on Wheels coordinator Brian Garner.
“Our demand has increased recently and that means we need volunteers now more than ever, as we increase our services to Fairfield County’s seniors.”
“Most of our routes are designed to take about 45 minutes to complete,” he added.
Meals on Wheels volunteers arrive at the FCCOA Senior Center about 11 a.m. to pick up their meals, then spend 45 minutes visiting with the seniors on their designated routes and delivering meals to them. Everything is pre-packaged.
“We feed in the neighborhood of 75 seniors each day,” Garner said. “The hot meals are important, but what’s equally important is the other thing the volunteers provide: human contact. When you bring a meal to someone and spend a few minutes with them, you show them that you care. It’s the best feeling to get back in your vehicle after having visited with a client, and know that you’ve made their day, just by being there.”
The time commitment can be as little or as much as you like; you can deliver one day a week or more if you like.
“We have a really dedicated group of volunteers and staff. Because of them, some people get meals that might ordinarily not get anything,” Garner said. “Additional volunteers would enable us to help so many more people.”
Call 803-635-3015 for more information.
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