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April 30, 2013

Meals on Wheels says “thank you” to drivers

Local non-profit also in need of volunteers

Greensburg — Meals on Wheels (MOW) of Greensburg honored its many volunteers Tuesday afternoon with its annual Appreciation Luncheon, held at Aspen Place Health Campus.

MOW Executive Director Diana Robbins told the Daily News that the Appreciation Luncheon is held mostly to honor the agency’s team of volunteer drivers, but that the MOW Board of Directors, along with numerous financial supporters and others also always attend.

According to MOW Board Member Connie Million, all but two of MOW’s staff is volunteer. Those two paid employees, she added, certainly don’t make enough to earn a living from their service.

The afternoon included a meal, a speech by Mayor Gary Herbert and a presentation of gift cards to drivers by MainSource Bank.

Robbins also pointed out that MOW is currently in need of additional volunteer drivers.

“It’s so hard to get people to drive,” she said, “so we do this every year as a modest way of thanking our drivers for their service. They make a huge difference to MOW and to the community.”

Robbins team of regular, day-to-day MOW drivers numbers “between 20 and 23.” The problem, she explained, is a shortage of substitute drivers — volunteers who fill in for regular drivers on days the regulars can’t work.

“We currently have 10 sub drivers,” she said. “But we often don’t have enough because sub drivers often can’t work on days that regular drivers are off.”

The hardest day to fill, she continued, is Friday. “We seem to have more absences on Friday than on most other days, and we currently don’t have enough subs signed up for Friday. Wednesdays and Thursdays are tied for second most absences.”

The executive director would like to add between 3 and 5 extra sub drivers.

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that delivers meals five days weekly — Monday through Friday — to shut-ins and others in need of financial or other assistance throughout Decatur County.

The organization operated on a roughly $39,000 budget in 2012, delivering over 8,000 meals. MOW clients paid $2.20 for the home-delivered service throughout most of 2012, before MOW was forced to increase prices to $2.40 per meal about “six or seven months ago,” according to Robbins. The cost increase, she said, was due to a roughly 25-to-30-cent increase in MOW’s cost.

The meals themselves cost the organization around $5 apiece, Robbins said, with the difference being made up by donations and volunteerism.

To inquire about volunteering for Meals on Wheels or for information on meal delivery, call 663-6099.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011

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