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Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels

Parkview Whitley Hospital is in need of volunteers to drive for its Meals on Wheels program in Columbia City. Volunteers load the meals, which are stored in coolers, into their vehicles and deliver them to residents in Columbia City and no further than one mile outside of the city limits. Following deliveries, the coolers are returned to the hospital.
There are three routes delivered each day, Monday through Friday, with an average of 25 meals delivered each day. More than 6,000 meals have been prepared and delivered in 2009.
“The volunteers are very dedicated to their work,” said Lea Ann Herron, volunteer coordinator at Parkview Whitley Hospital. “They use their time and fuel to ensure that shut-ins have a hot meal every day. It’s a very rewarding service to others.”
Gail “Speedy” Martin of Columbia City has been volunteering for 17 years, delivering meals for the hospital because, he says, “I enjoy the people and it is a necessary service for the community.” He also drives for the Columbia City United Methodist Church and the Cancer Society.
Volunteers generally drive the same route one day a week, which takes about an hour to complete. As a token of the hospital’s appreciation, Meals on Wheels volunteers receive a free lunch on the day they deliver.
To volunteer for meals on Wheels, call Lea Ann Herron at 248-9803 to have an application packet mailed to your home.

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