Got a few hours to spare Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday morning, or weekdays around lunch time? The Meal A Day program would like to put you to work either as a community volunteer or through the Experience Works program for qualified individuals.
The program is in desperate need of cooks Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and could use a few extra hands to help with cleanup every week day.
Meal A Day for the most part is staffed by community members who donate their time and efforts to cook and help prepare foods which are then delivered by other volunteers to homes of shut-ins, elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to prepare their own meals and have no one to cook for them. The program provides a balanced lunch to these individuals, as well as serve a few senior citizens who take a few meals at the center.
Those volunteering to help with cleanup after the meal is prepared would be tasked with duties such as washing dishes, sweeping and mopping the kitchen so that it’s ready for the next day’s cooks to get started.
“The Meal A Day workers are tired of cooking and washing the dishes. So, having someone to help us with those tasks that would be great,” said Karon Weatherman, Meal A Day director.
Although Meal A Day doesn’t currently have any Experience Works staff — and hasn’t since January — they are always welcome.
What is Experience Works?
Weatherman said it’s a program that employs senior citizens age 55 and older.
“There is an income limit and you have to qualify. If someone is retired or draws a disability check, they can still qualify and not make too much money to mess up their checks. Experience Works pays minimum wage and you work 20 hours a week. There are several places in town where they place people to work. Meal A Day is one of those places. You would work four hours a day, from 8 a.m. to noon,” she explained.
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