This month we’re featuring E.B. Reddoch, a Meals on Wheels volunteer out of our Burnet Senior Center. Currently, we are in serious need of new volunteer delivery drivers, especially in Burnet County. We appreciate how E.B. has assisted us, volunteering once a week to help us deliver meals to our senior neighbors in need. All of our delivery driver volunteers help us reduce hunger and isolation within our own community. Thank you for the generous donation of your time, E.B.!
Q: How long have you been delivering Meals on Wheels?
A: I have been delivering meals for four years.
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels?
A: I was looking for a way to help out my community. A member of our Bible study group mentioned they enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels for several years so I contact the organization.
Q: Why do you think Meals on Wheels is important for seniors living on their own?
A: Obviously a balanced meal is extremely important. However, I think the interaction with our clients is almost as important. They respond positively to a cheerful voice and a smiling face which can help make their day a little brighter. On special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and at Christmas time, I may give out individual wrapped sugar free candy, a greeting card or holiday trinket. It is especially fun to watch the excitement of the ladies when they get some sugar free chocolate candies. It is like they found the “Pot-O-Gold” at the end of the rainbow.
Occasionally it is important to just be a good listener when someone has experienced a loss or setback. A few extra minutes can do so much to lift a person’s spirits. I have been honored with prayer request from some members which of course I make a commitment to follow through.
Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering for Meals on Wheels?
A: My favorite part of volunteering is the fun I have. By having a positive impact on another person’s life in a small way is personally rewarding. We travel for several weeks every year and upon returning many of the clients want to know about our trip, the visit with our daughters and even want to see a couple of photos.
Q: What would you tell someone interested in donating to or volunteering for Meals on Wheels?
A: Everyone should donate a little time to helping their community and Meals on Wheels is an ideal project to help out with. Meals volunteering lifts one’s spirits, is fun, and easy to do. It does not adversely affect me emotionally as other volunteer projects I have done. It is the perfect way to start my week. I encourage everyone to make a small investment in time by helping out for big rewards for both parties.
Interested in volunteering as a Meals on Wheels delivery driver? Sign up to volunteer here. Return the completed application to your local site, which you can find here.