Volunteer Corner: Emily Hatch
August 15, 2006
Meals on Wheels volunteer with the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council
I’m a volunteer driver two to three times per week. We have three routes ” in Truckee, Kings Beach and Tahoe City. Each one takes about three hours to drive.
For one day, we probably put in 150 to 170 miles. It’s a big arena. We’re bringing hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors. And I donated my old Subaru wagon to Tahoe Truckee Seniors Council for Meals on Wheels. Before we had three routes with only two cars. But now there’s a car for each route.
In a small community like ours there aren’t many senior services. For instance there’s no nursing facility, except the extended care unit at the Tahoe Forest Hospital. So Meals on Wheels allows seniors to stay in their home and still get a nutritious meal everyday.
I like working with seniors, because, according to AARP, I am a senior! In a small community you can make a big difference. These people aren’t just our clients.
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They’re like our family. They’re our neighbors and I think we need to take care of them. I think all the drivers form a bond with them. In the winter we may be the only person they see. We check on them to make sure they’re OK.
I like to downhill ski in the winter. I like to garden. I’m involved in two garden clubs. I’m president of the Lake of the Sky Garden Club. And I’m part of Tinker Belles Garden Club. I’m a member of Friends of the Truckee Library. And we just got done putting on the used book sale.
The Sun’s Joanna Hartman interviewed Emily Hatch for “Volunteer Corner.” Please send your suggestions for “Volunteer Corner” to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject Volunteer Corner. For more information or volunteer opportunities in the North Shore and Truckee communities, visit http://www.handsontahoe.org. For volunteer opportunities with Meals on Wheels or the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council contact Sarah Deardorff at 587-2408 or check out the Web site http://www.ttseniorscouncil.org for more information.