Elaine and Sheldon have delivered Meals on Wheels by bicycle for just under a year. They have always enjoyed cycling and giving back to the community. “One day while we were on a ride, we saw a MOW volunteer cycle by. We realized that this was the perfect volunteer opportunity for us,” says Elaine. “It’s great motivation for us to get out of the house, and we always enjoy seeing the clients.”
Sheldon points out that “there’s a whole segment of society that’s easy to miss – people who are homebound, and possibly lonely, in basement suites and apartments across the city.” Overtime, they have visited the same regular clients on their weekly route. “I think the clients enjoy our brief visits even more as we’ve gotten to know each other.”
Elaine is quick to point out that “we don’t volunteer for the accolades – we volunteer because it’s good for us, and it’s good for the community!”
We thank Elaine and Sheldon for the dedication and continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also thank them for referring a friend, Susan, who began volunteering this April, also on her bike.
Susan is a retired physiotherapist. She mentioned that “for the last 10 years or so of my career, I provided physiotherapy to clients in their homes. Delivering MOW directly to clients feels very familiar to me.”
She added that her first route was “Lovely! I had an easy route to navigate on my bike and everyone was very happy to see me and receive their meal.” Thanks Susan for becoming part of our volunteer team!