Spring 2013 Newsletter
Spring 2013 Newsletter
What’s in a Number? While I’m not quite there myself, Meals on Wheels is turning 45 this year and we think our volunteers are FABULOUS! We depend on our volunteers to prepare and deliver 1,500 meals to over 1,300 clients throughout Greenville County. That’s no easy task—considering we need nearly 150 volunteers each day to make it happen. On April 23rd we will host our annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Hyatt in downtown Greenville. This is our small way of saying ‘Thank You’ for all the significant contributions volunteers make to Meals on Wheels. We invite all of our corporate route partners, event, seasoned route drivers and meal-packaging volunteers to join us! We wouldn’t be 45 and FABULOUS without you! 2012 Numbers 975 new clients served 417,741 meals prepared 29,900 pounds of pet food collected & delivered 119 corporate route partners 200 new volunteers Volunteers: Our Driving Force “For me, volunteering to deliver meals is the ultimate ‘feel good’ situation. The smile on [the client’s face] when I knock on their door with a hot meal is such a blessing. This is a great way to follow God’s command and love our neighbor.” David Batson volunteer since 2009 patrick chitwood volunteer since 2010 “I have met double amputees who answer their doors with all the dignity of any other person… At first I thought that we would deliver meals to those who couldn’t get out. In a very short time I realized that the volunteers are a safety check for these people.” “Meals on Wheels to me is a service that I consider a blessing in my life. I look forward to every Monday and Tuesday—for the fellowship I have with everyone at Meals on Wheels and my folks who get the meals.” maureen mcgregor volunteer since 2008 martine zimmer, volunteer since 2001 “[The clients] offer their friendship unconditionally. They never judge you, they take you as is and are so appreciative. I feel enriched by them and very grateful for all the things I have. I sincerely hope that Meals on Wheels will be there if and when I need it.” Gearing up for Wheels for Meals April 27 is shaping up to be another memorable morning in Greenville as Meals on Wheels enjoys the 7th annual Wheels for Meals at Furman University. Riders can choose between the 25-mile, 43-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile routes. With support from sponsors led by Fluor, the event has become a favorite of cyclists of all levels. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to take part in the fundraising efforts of the event at www.MealsonWheelsGreenville.org. For more information contact Heidi Wright at 233.6565 or [email protected] Looking Back: Sweetheart Charity Ball On Saturday, February 2 the Sweetheart Charity Ball, presented by BB&T, proved to be a wonderful evening and the back drop of the newly renovated Hyatt Regency was the perfect venue. Introduced for the first time in the event’s history was an interactive cellular bidding system sponsored by HTI. Lori Center, Director of Community Ministries for St. Francis, was recognized as the Sweetheart of the Year. Part of the Healing Process “I never thought this would happen,” fifty-eight year old Christine O. says. “Never.” One day she was walking to her car and realized how short of breath she was. She was alarmed when her skin began ballooning. After taking herself to a clinic, the nurse sent her to the Emergency Room, where she was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Later that month, she was back to the doctor for a stress test. He did not have good news. Christine would need triple-bypass surgery. The words hit her hard. It was not what she was expecting. The doctors asked if she had anyone they could call…she said no. After Christine’s surgery, the doctors said her heart was strong but they had to take away her driving privileges for some time. They surprised her with a referral to Meals on Wheels of Greenville. “When you are healing your heart, cooking for yourself is the last thing on your mind,” she says. When she receives her delivery, it is a nutritious meal prepared and delivered by loving hands. For someone like Christine, the delivery is more than just a meal. The visit from a volunteer lifts her spirits on her low days. And at least until she is back on her feet, Meals on Wheels will be there as part of the healing process. Energy-Saving Tips from Duke Energy Duke Energy wants to help you make the best use of every dollar you spend on energy-related costs: • Adjust your thermostat – we recommend 78 in summer, 68 in winter. For every degree change, you can save about 2 percent on your heating or cooling costs. • Use ceiling fans or portable fans wisely – cut them off when you’re not in the room. • Use programmable thermostats – costs have dropped in price the past few years. • Check and replace your filters monthly. • Use shades and blinds to your advantage – keep the sun out in summer and let it in during winter. For more energy efficiency tips from Duke Energy, visit www.duke-energy.com/youtility. Petfood Project Mission Statement To provide all the pet food needs for the clients of Meals on Wheels in 2013! We need your help to collect 2,200 lbs of food each month. www.dogdogfoodfood.com Thank you to Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, Mister Sparky, Entire Image, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, Wize Guyz, and Bug Avengers.