Giving back to the generation that provided so much for him was one of many reasons why Owen chose to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Regretting the limited time he spent with his grandparents before they passed, Owen now dedicates his time to serve others in the community. Knowing that he may be visiting someone else’s grandparent, he tries to leave a smile on their face.
\Serving to the seniors in the community gives Owen a chance to connect and ensure the safety of the clients in their own home. His favourite part of the day is having conversations with the seniors, though he keeps his conversations short because there are other seniors waiting to receive their meals. Having more volunteers to help deliver meals alleviates the time constraint and the need to quickly move onto the next delivery. This will give volunteers more time to converse and to check on the safety of the clients.
Volunteering during Christmas and summer break, Owen has developed skills that he can be applied to his daily life, school and work. He has gained intergenerational communication skills and time management skills he uses each shift. Owen hopes to continue volunteering with Meals on Wheels and encourages others to as well.