CEAP’s Meals on Wheels rolls along because of volunteers!
CEAP’s Meals-on-Wheels program volunteer drivers could be poster children for the old U.S. Post Office motto (even though they don’t actually have an official motto, that’s just a myth) about their mail carriers dedication to their job: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat or darkness stays these couriers from swift completion of their rounds”.
Each day, Monday through Friday, every week of the year, CEAP delivers a hot meal to 120-130 senior or disabled neighbors in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and a portion of Camden in north Minneapolis. But that meal delivery is much more than a simple meal. Typically that comes to about 2,100-2,200 meals a month or more distributed through CEAP Meals-on-Wheels program.
It is also a friendly “Hello” and a genuine neighborly check-in to see how things are going for people who have less mobility or other obstacles to being out and about in the community. There is a fair amount of research that supports what our volunteers know intuitively – getting visits from people on a regular basis reduces isolation, depression from loneliness, and increases the health and vitality of our elder neighbors, not to mention their nutritional health.
CEAP is very proud of sustaining this much-needed service to our Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and Camden seniors, but even more honored to have such consistent, dedicated, friendly, caring volunteers that make it possible. If anyone is interested in joining this fantastic corps they can call CEAP at (763)566-9600, or even easier, go to www.ceap.org and click on the Volunteer tab.
Patrick Morley, Director of Family Service