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It's BC Seniors Week 2020 (June 1-7)! Care BC celebrates the contributions of seniors to our community - not just those seniors who may be accessing services like Meals on Wheels, but also the many seniors who are volunteering to support our charitable programming. Thank you!
Our latest newsletter is now available online, in which we thank the hundreds of new volunteers who have applied and/or started delivering Meals on Wheels since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The newsletter highlights a few of these volunteers who are making a difference in the community! We also thank members of our Macaulay Club - organizations who have made a donation of $500 to support our charitable programs. Meals on Wheels would not be possible without support from people who donate their time and those who provide financial assistance! Check out the May edition, and other previous editions here.
Click here for a letter from Inge Schamborzki, Care BC Executive Director, about our response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The Meals on Wheels (MOW) programs - both Western and Chinese - are operating weekdays, Monday through Friday. Some deliveries were temporarily suspended while new volunteers were being recruited and oriented during the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We strongly recommend that all of our MOW clients order additional frozen meals and have available in their homes canned food or non-perishable items in case of disruptions to our delivery schedules.
We thank everyone - our current volunteers and all the new volunteers who have offered their help - for their support at this time. If you are interested in volunteering for meals on wheels (serving Vancouver and Richmond), our application form is found here*: https://www.carebc.ca/apply-now.html
*Due to the high volume of applications we have received, it may take longer than usual for us to respond. We apologize for any delays and thank you for your interest and patience!
Vancouver Coastal Health info about COVID-19
Government of Canada additional resources (including the poster below)
We are continuing to monitor the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), following guidelines from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Visit their website for daily updates:
Vancouver Coastal Health also provides information about preventing the spread of the virus
- Practice physical distancing if you have to go out
- Take the self-assessment if you think you have COVID-19: covid19.thrive.health
- Self-isolate at home for 10 days if you have COVID-19 symptoms
Visit their website for more detailed information.
Vancouver Coastal Health has been holding regular "townhall" meetings - view the latest recordings from the meetings online:
May 25, 2020
April 16, 2020
April 2, 2020
March 26, 2020
The Ministry of Health has advised that all Adult Day Programs (including ours at the Family Respite Centre) will be temporarily suspended effective March 20, 2020. Our Overnight Respite program is also temporarily suspended. We will provide updates when we receive further information.
Our Executive Director Inge Schamborzki chatted about our Meals on Wheels programs (Western and Chinese) on the Jill Bennett Show (Global News Radio 980 CKNW Vancouver). We're always looking for volunteers to join our team! Listen to Inge and Jill's conversation online: Mar. 1 recording - "The Sunday Edition Chapter 1"; select the 5th blue bookmark (at 42:26) for the specific segment.
We spoke with the Richmond News about our need to recruit new volunteers to join our team delivering Meals on Wheels (Western and Chinese). We’re extremely grateful for the help we receive from our current volunteers, but we’re always looking to invite more people to join our team as the demand for our services grow. Read the article online: https://www.richmond-news.com/community/meals-on-wheels-program-needs-more-hands-in-richmond-1.24085165
During snowy conditions, some deliveries may be cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. We attempt to contact all clients affected by a cancellation directly whenever possible..
We remind our Meals on Wheels clients to have some frozen or non-perishable food available in case of inclement weather.
We also extend our thanks to all volunteers who are able to help out during snowy conditions!
THANK YOU! Our 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner & Auction this fall was a success! We raised $130,000! Thank you to all our supporters, donors and attendees at the event, as well as donors who provided prizes for our live and silent auctions. View photos from the event here.
We have an urgent need for Chinese-speaking Meals on Wheels volunteers to help deliver meals to isolated seniors in your community across Vancouver and Richmond. If you are available weekdays from 10 am – 1 pm, please give us a call. Volunteers do not need a car - you can be paired with a driver - and we can accommodate flexible schedules if you aren't available every day. If you've thought about volunteering before, please give us a call to learn more （604）733-9177 ext. 107.
Fraud Alert: Please be advised, we received a report that a person approached a Meals on Wheels client wanting to collect payment on an outstanding invoice. Care BC DOES NOT collect Meals on Wheels payments at clients' homes. Our volunteers (for their own safety) are NOT ALLOWED to accept payments. Invoices can be paid at our office, by phone or by mail. If anyone approaches you at your home for bill payment, call 9-1-1. Please also inform our offices of any suspicious behaviour.