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

Rating: 4 stars  

I’m a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Durham NC. I take an early lunch on Fridays and take dinner (the southerner’s idiom) to elderly or convalescing folks. They get a hot meal and have someone to check on them each day. It’s a wonderful service for over 260 people in the Bull City. I wrote this about Meals on Wheels for my company’s website: I do an MOW route every week in Durham. It takes a little over an hour, maybe ninety minutes. I typically deliver to ten homes. It has helped me learn about every corner of Durham, and it takes me out of my “corporate comfort zone.” I think that’s a good thing. It’s so much more than just delivering a meal. I see the problems “old folks” face who are determined to remain in their homes. I get to practice “patience” waiting at the door for people using walkers or trying to converse with someone who has pretty much lost their hearing. I’ve watched families deal with Alzheimer’s. I get a snapshot of urban poverty. And I’ve been inspired by the faith of several seniors in their struggles with terminal cancer. I may not have painted a pretty picture, but I assure you I get much more than I give from that simple act of delivering a meal. I’ve thought about making it mandatory for my managers. Everyone could spare a lunch hour for this experience. More business folks could squeeze this into their weekly routine!

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Role:  Volunteer & Deliver meals to seniors each week.