Stanley recalls that he first heard about the Care BC’s Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunity when he read about the desperate need for volunteer drivers in the newspapers. Although he had spent time volunteering while in school, he realized he hadn't volunteered since graduating. "I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to start volunteering again". Though his volunteering, Stanley feels that he is giving back to and connecting with his community.
Not only has Stanley given his own time delivering meals to homebound seniors across Vancouver and Richmond - he has also helped recruit more volunteers to support the program. In his role as an accountant, many of his clients are new retirees - with more free time on their hands, Stanley believes volunteering is a great way for them to stay connected to their community. Whenever possible, Stanley encourages these clients to consider joining the Care BC volunteer team - many of them have become regular volunteers.
We thank Stanley for his dedication to the Chinese Meals on Wheels program and for helping expand our team of volunteers. Last year we served more than 126,700 meals to seniors at risk of isolation across Vancouver & Richmond through our Western and Chinese Meals on Wheels programs. More than half (53%) of our MOW clients are aged 80 or older. 61% of our MOW clients report living alone. None of this would be possible without the support of our volunteers.
If you have a flexible work schedule and can spare a few hours on a weekday, we hope you'll consider volunteering with Meals on Wheels like Stanley!