Tulsa's Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteers for specific parts of the city.
MOW leaders are looking for folks willing to deliver meals and friendly contact to homebound elderly and disabled people in the North and East areas of Tulsa.
Director of volunteer services Cathy Perlingiere said there is a critical shortage of volunteer driver/deliverers, food packers, and site coordinators. Already, a waiting list has been instituted for parts of North Tulsa.
"People desperately need our services. We want to make sure everyone who needs meals has a chance to get them," Perlingiere said. "This is an opportunity to do something very simple and very easy, but to also make a difference in someone's life and well-being."
Some volunteers are doing double days and double routes, Perlingiere said, and the system cannot keep up in this way.
"Unless we can find some help quickly, we will have to place a hold on meal delivery in some areas. It would be a shame to have a homebound person go hungry simply because we were unable to find someone to take them a meal."
The volunteer details:
· Usually requires under two hours of time
· Weekday mornings between 10:00 a.m. and noon
· Assigned a specific route on a specific day
· Commit to once a week or every other week for a minimum of 6 months
· Application process includes a security check
· Placement within 2 weeks of receipt of completed application
"The rewards are great, as each volunteer makes a very big contribution to the lives of the recipients, becoming an important link with the world beyond the front door. Volunteers deliver a hot meal - and get a warm feeling inside for doing such a good thing." Perlingiere added.
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