TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With COVID-19 and colder weather, volunteers are working to be proactive and serve people from different walks of life.
Meals on Wheels serves Vigo County by providing meals to residents who are home bound, recovering from health issues or just in need.
Claudia Dickison first received the idea to help with the organization from her daughter in-law and ever since, she’s been a volunteer driver.
“I thought oh, that is something I would like to do because I help people,” Dickison said. “I found out how she did it and what I needed to do and so I started driving and I’ve been driving the last year and a half.”
Dickison also helps out in the community by taking people to doctor visits and grocery stores. She says volunteering is just part of who she is.
The pandemic has affected the organization as many of their volunteers are older and concerned about the virus. The need for drivers and kitchen staff is at an all time high.
“We do most of what we do with the help of our volunteers,” Kelly Bennett,” volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels said. “We could not do our job without our volunteers and we have volunteer drivers and we have volunteers who operate in the kitchen. The kitchen is only staffed with two employees so most of what goes on back there is done with volunteers.”
Volunteers are critical especially as the need in the community increases during the colder months. To help prepare for potential bad weather during the winter season, the organization provides blessings bags stocked with non-perishable food items.
“When the weather gets worse especially here in Indiana, we have all the ice and snow, a lot of times that prevents people from being able to get out,” Bennett said. “Get to the store and these blessing bags are actually non perishable food items that we deliver to all of our recipients so that if we have weather that prevents us from being able to deliver a meal, they’ll have food.
If you would like to become a volunteer whether it’s helping to deliver food or working in the kitchen, you can visit the Meals on Wheels website or call 812-232-3878.