Many people express an interest in volunteering for worthy causes. Sometimes, it is hard to decide where to volunteer at because many quality programs do exist. A great organization to volunteer at is the Collin County Meals on Wheels.
Meals On Wheels truly is a remarkable program. The history of the Meals on Wheels delievered canteens to Bristish servicemen during World War II. The first Meals on Wheels program in America started in the 1950’s in Philadelphia and today vast networks of local home-delievered and congregate meals serve seniors and others across the country.The Meals on Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest United States organization with an express purpose to offer meal services to people in need.
In 1976, The Meals on Wheels program started up a 501 (c) (3) in Collin County by a dedicated group interested in the elderly. The corporation was formed for the purpose of seeking funding to promote better nutrition and additional support services for adults over the age of sixty.
The first senior nutrition program began in 1977 with the opening of three senior centers in Farmersville, McKinney, and Plano. A total of one hundred meals were served daily at the three centers. Other senior centers were added through the years. Home delivered meals were served throughout the county. Currently, approximately 700 meals are delivered daily to homes and congregate sites throughout Collin County according to their website.
Some other services provided by the Collin County Meals on Wheels are:
1. Senior Safety Net Program – provides assistance and resources for walkers, wheelchairs, ramps, utility expenses, etc.
2. Pet Meals – assists seniors in obtaining food for their pet
3. Transportation for the elderly began in July 1977. Three vans were purchased with federal funds. As the program expanded, the number of vehicles also increased. In 1992, the Collin County Area Regional Transportation (CCART) was born. Today, CCART serves the elderly, disabled, school districts, and the public with transportation needs recording 1,000,000 miles per year in Collin County.
There are many different types of volunteer opportunities that do exist at the Collin County Meals on Wheels. Please click on this link for specific steps on how to volunteer.
Meals deliveries to the homes of the elderly would not be possible without involvement of volunteer citizens in our communities. It takes the dedication of hundreds of community volunteers to make daily personal home deliveries possible.
Also, another great way to support the organization is by providing a donation to the organization. The IRS considers donations of cash, securities, and property as charitable deductions for income tax purposes. All gifts are acknowledged in writing. For more information on giving, please click on this link.
The Collin County Meals on Wheels Board of Directors and staff are very caring and enjoy their job. Each volunteer who works for the Meals on Wheels greatly enjoys the experience.
The Collin County Meals on Wheels program truly cares about people. Why not contact the program today at 972-562-6996, Ext. 125. to find out how you can best use some of your talents to help out fellow citizens? Don’t forget to visit the Facebook page too! Collin County Meals on Wheels looks forward to meeting you very soon!