TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Sandy Johnson began volunteering with Terre Haute Meals on Wheels alongside her husband around 5 years ago. She said it’s been a rewarding experience.
“It’s a good feeling. It’s just something, a small thing we can do. It only takes us maybe an hour or two and we feel like we’ve done something to help others,” Johnson explained.
Meals on Wheels began in 1971 with a goal of delivering meals to homebound senior citizens. James O’Sullivan, marketing coordinator, said serving the Wabash Valley for 50 years has been a major accomplishment.
“The fact that we have been here for so long really continues to show the need and also the fortunate nature to have volunteers and donors to meet the need,” he said.
Johnson said the time she and her husband spend volunteering is more than just a delivering meal.
“We see them every week and we get to know whether they’re feeling good or having a good day or a tough time and kind of encourage them,” she noted.
Plans are in place to expand meal services to Brazil and surrounding areas in Clay County. The organization also purchased a new building on South 25th Street in Terre Haute and plan to relocate in the future.
O’Sullivan said he hopes they can continue to make an impact over the next 50 years.
“Our goal has always been to provide for as long as people can be independent,” he said. “My hope for the lasting impact is that we can continue to provide that independence for everyone that we serve.”