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Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors, Let’s Do Lunch: Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

More than 10 million seniors in the United States (that’s 1 in 6) currently face the threat of hunger and 15 million seniors are living alone in isolation. And, each and every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver one million meals to those who need them the most.

Many people know Meals on Wheels as a food delivery service for the homebound. However, what they don’t know is how impactful the moments of contact between the volunteer and the recipient can be. For many seniors, the volunteer who drops off their meal is the only person they will see that day. The delivery isn’t just about nourishment; it’s about a valuable moment of human connection. And in turn, it’s those moments of human connection that make volunteering so rewarding.

We know firsthand that Meals on Wheels clients are some of the country’s most inspirational and interesting people, full of wisdom and stories. Our volunteers have noted time and again that these experiences are what keeps them coming back to Meals on Wheels, and deepens their connection beyond food delivery.

With the senior population projected to double by 2050, Meals on Wheels needs to recruit a whole new wave of volunteers to serve the growing need. Meals on Wheels, which consists of more than 5,000 local programs in virtually every community in America, relies on an army of two million volunteers who deliver meals to seniors in need every day between 11am-1pm. These volunteers are crucial to the well-being of seniors across the country. With the majority of the current volunteer base over the age of 55, there is a real need to encourage and recruit people of all ages to get involved, donate their lunch break and volunteer.

What can you do? You can experience these special moments of human connection right here in Cincinnati by volunteering with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors. If you can’t stray too far from the office, donate your lunch break and participate in meal delivery close to your work. We have opportunities for volunteers to help by driving a meal to a deserving member of the community. Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors delivers meals on 20 routes a day so drivers are always welcome to join our mission of providing meals to the elderly in our area.

Sign up to volunteer with Maple Knoll Outreach Services for Seniors and start making a difference right here in our local community today. Feel free to visit our website or Facebook page as well as contact Joshua Howard with Maple Knoll Communities at 513-984-1234 with any questions or concerns.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.

A Maple Knoll Outreach Services volunteer delivers a meal to a client.

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Sycamore Senior Center to have open house

The Sycamore Senior Center, located in Blue Ash, is proud to be a focal point in the community for older adults. With over 2,600 active members the Center is a thriving place with countless education, social and recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, many older adults in the community have no idea that joining the Sycamore Senior Center is an option for them.

On March 18th, Sycamore is opening its doors to those in the public to show what they have can offer older adults aged 55 and older. From 9am-1pm those in attendance will be able to familiarize themselves with the Center, meet staff and instructors, take a tour and meet new friends. Light refreshments will be provided from 9am-10am and the café will open for lunch at 11am.

The Sycamore Senior Center’s mission is to stand as a foundation for older adults to live their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in their own homes. Center programs include education, health screenings, exercise and wellness programs, travel, social activities, computer training, a café and a nutritionally balanced, low-cost lunch program for seniors. Sycamore offers an award winning volunteer program and outreach services support homebound senior citizens. These services include providing transportation to the senior center, to medical appointments and to therapy visits. Sycamore also provides a volunteer driven meals on wheels program that delivers over 300 meals each day to the homebound elderly in 17 communities.

No RSVP is necessary to attend the event but for more information please contact the Center at 513-984-1234 or http://www.SycamoreSeniorCenter.org.Building Outside Shot



Growing Meals on Wheels program at Sycamore Senior Center seeks volunteers

As the elderly population continues to grow so does the need for Meals on Wheels services in the Cincinnati suburbs. “We currently deliver meals on over 20 routes each day and we depend on driver volunteers to make that happen.” said Bonnie Dwyer, the Sycamore Senior Center Volunteer Coordinator, “We’re seeing a growing need in the Roselawn, Sharonville, Glendale, Forest Park, Greenhills, Hartwell, Brentwood areas.”

Over the years, Sycamore’s Meals on Wheels program has expanded its services to include special menu choices that meet dietary restrictions and more flexibility in the delivery of meals. Clients can now select which meals get delivered and they can also have a choice for which days they receive their meals.

“Delivering meals to the elderly and disabled is an extremely rewarding experience that doesn’t require a lot of time,” said Ms. Dwyer. Most volunteers offer one or two hours per week Monday through Friday to deliver meals to approximately 12 to 15 homes on a route.

Ms. Holloway also wants to be sure that seniors and the disabled from Loveland all the way down to Deer Park are aware that this service is available to them. If you would like more information about the Meals on Wheels program or to volunteer, call Bonnie Dywer or the Outreach Coordinator Rod Torbert at 513-984-1234.

The mission of the Sycamore Senior Center is to assist older adults to live their lives with independence and dignity for as long as possible in the environment of their own homes. Our mission is achieved through wellness activities, transportation, home-care, nutrition, volunteer and social services.

Membership for Sycamore Senior Center is $30.00 annually. Membership is not required to participate in most of the Center’s activities or to receive any service, but your donation helps to underwrite the mission of the Center. Our newsletter provides up-to-date information on the Center’s programs. This publication can be picked up at the Center or mailed to your home. Other opportunities available through the Center are: Nutrition, Transportation, Social Service, Education, Recreation and Fitness, Maple Knoll Home Health Services and Volunteer Opportunities

For more information on Sycamore Senior Center please contact the Center at 513-984-1234 or visit our website at http://www.sycamoreseniorcenter.org.
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