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Anne Aitchison

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Review for Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc., Durham, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Board member who has also been a volunteer driver for 14 years. I fell in love with the clients the very first day I did a route, delivering hot meals to homebound residents. Meals on Wheels allows older and even younger but disabled people to stay in their homes rather than move to a nursing home. This is win-win: it's less costly for everyone and it's a happier outcome for the client. The visit provides two things to clients: a hot meal and social contact. As a Board member, I see the fiscal caution and the focus on goals that allows an organization to succeed and grow. Meals on Wheels of Durham has excellent staff, healthy reserves and a great long range plan. We are expanding oru physical capacity sow e can double the number of clients served within one year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was driving a route on Sept. 11, 2001, while the clients were watching in horror on Tv, what was happening in NYC and Washington, DC. My route parter and I were able to help the clients by reassuring them that the world was not coming to an end!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Meals on Wheels always needs even more volunteer drivers. I would love to have a surplus of volunteers!

Role:  Board Member & Volunteers like me come to the base location in mid/late morning to pick up our food and the list of clients for that particular day. We go to each home, visit a moment and leave the meal. We report back if anything seems to be wrong.