The week of March 21 – 25 marked Meals on Wheels of America’s “March for Meals Community Champions Week,” a national campaign to raise awareness about senior needs, especially around hunger and isolation.
As a member agency, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) participated locally and invited community leaders to take part in meal delivery ride-a-longs to homebound, frail seniors around the county.
“We’ve identified 23 Community Champions, community leaders…delivering meals,” said Elaine Clark, Chief Executive Officer of MOWSOS.
They included District V Supervisor Federal Glover; Antioch Mayor Pro-Tem, Lori Ogorchock; Clayton Mayor Howard Geller; Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder; Pleasant Hill Mayor Sue Noack; Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick; Orinda Mayor Victoria Smith; Walnut Creek Mayor Pro-Tem Rich Carlston; Pleasant Hill Councilmember, Tim Flaherty; Concord Councilmember Dan Helix; Walnut Creek Councilmember Bob Simmons; Bay Point All in One President, Delano Johnson; Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Lt. Paul O’Mary, and Deputies Katie Rhoe and Matt Buckley; Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County Executive Director, Will McGarvey; Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council Member Debra Mason; American Medical Response (AMR), Public Information Officer, Alicia Moore and EMT’s Sarah Dotson and Jason Kalan; Dayna Wilson, Keller Williams Realtor.
“The services provided by Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is critical,” said Glover. “I was very happy to help spread the word along-side these incredible volunteers.”
If you or your civic or community group, are available to help, please contact Carol Louisell, Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-954-8736. An on-line application, an orientation, and background check are required.