Glen Rock, NJ – Non-profit Community Meals on Wheels (CMI) recently hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Week to thank their volunteers for their generous support of the organization. Volunteers were treated to coffee and pastries and a small gift mug in the festively decorated lobby when they arrived to help in the kitchen and /or deliver meals that day.
Penny Schildkraut, CMI Director said, “We have the absolute best volunteers and it’s so important to take a moment to thank them for their dedicated service to Community Meals. Rain or shine, for over 52 years, they show up every week to help our most vulnerable community members. They are the heart of our organization.’
Volunteer Lynne Van Engel has been volunteering with Community Meals for 28 years! That’s over half the time Community Meals has been in existence in this area. Lynne shared, “I’ve met some really sweet people over the years. They appreciate the time you spend with them. Sometimes you are the only person they see during the day. It’s a really good feeling to help others.”
The mother/son dynamic duo of Josh and Teri Woudenberg have been volunteering at CMI twice a week together for over 10 years! Teri shares her thoughts on volunteering, “There’s a lot of best parts of being part of CMI. I like the whole purpose of Community Meals. The people we work with are wonderful. We love meeting all the clients over the years and being that personal touch in their lives.”
Community Meals on Wheels (CMI) is a private, non-profit meals-on-wheels organization that receives no government funding, relying on private grants and individual donations to provide meal delivery service. CMI has been providing seniors and others in our area with nutritious meals for 52 years! Since its inception, the organization has evolved to meet the changing needs of the senior community.
CMI delivers meals to homebound seniors and others Monday through Friday between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Community Meals on Wheels serves clients in Allendale, Glen Rock, Ho Ho Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Waldwick and parts of Saddle River.
The pandemic highlighted the importance of this service, with demand for home-delivered meals increasing dramatically. CMI has risen to the challenge, delivering meals (and so much more!) to our most vulnerable community members.
For information on donating, obtaining meals or volunteering for CMI, please see https://communitymealsonwheels.org
Photos submitted by Eileen Hillock