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2/27/2013 10:47:00 AM
Meals on Wheels Desperately Needs Volunteers

Do you have one hour a week to deliver a Meals on Wheels route?  We currently have a serious shortage of volunteers in the Greenwood area. If you've considered volunteering before, but haven't responded, your help is needed right now.

According to Piedmont Agency on Aging, several routes in our community are currently open.  That volunteer shortage, says Meals on Wheels Director, Diane Clifton, "means we don't have the manpower we need to get the meals out to our homebound seniors."

Volunteering is easy. Meals are picked up at the agency's kitchen at 111 Reynolds Park Drive, Greenwood (just off North Emerald Road). Each route contains up to 8-10 stops. Detailed directions are available for each route, and delivery takes no more than 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

The agency stresses the importance of the volunteer visit and meal delivery. For many that we serve, the Meals on Wheels volunteer may be the only person that senior sees all day. Volunteers gain the immediate satisfaction of helping someone else.

While many of our volunteers are retirees, we also find that some are stay at home moms, home school families, area business leaders who deliver meals on their lunch hour, women's groups that sponsor a weekly route, church members or students from Lander or Piedmont Technical College.

Since 1971, over 3 million meals have been prepared and distributed in our area by Piedmont Agency on Aging. Volunteers are a critical part of the Meals on Wheels operation, providing meal delivery for over 95% of those meals.

For questions about volunteering, please call our kitchen at (864)223-2233 today. Don't wait! Your help is needed right now!

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