For the Meals on Wheels program at Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, the approaching winter season means a gap in its route coverage for volunteers delivering meals to homebound seniors.
“A lot of the volunteers who deliver for us are of an older age themselves and leave Iowa this time of year for warmer climates,” Heather Shane, manager for the More Than a Meal component of Meals on Wheels, stated in a release. “Many of the people we serve, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. Their need knows no season, so we still need to be able to respond to that by providing them that warm meal and well check they’ve come to depend on.”
Ms. Shane is calling upon the community to step in while these regular volunteers are away and pick up one of the many routes available throughout the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor on weekdays throughout the midday hours.
“The investment you put in can be as little as 45 minutes per week, but the impact it will have on the older adults who can’t go somewhere warm is enormous,” noted Shane.
Interested persons are encouraged to visit https://horizonsfamily.org/volunteer/ to learn more about the volunteer experience and submit an application.