Volunteer Corner: Nancy Williams – Organization: Meals on Wheels, Tahoe Forest Hospital
November 25, 2008
I have been delivering Meals on Wheels for more than 10 years. Also, I have been on the Cleaning Committee for the Catholic Church and on occasion, tutored Spanish speakers in reading and speaking English. Our church also has a “Concern for the Poor” committee, and I am one of several original members.
For how many years have you volunteered?
Meals on Wheels for at least 10 years, and cleaning our church for even longer. Haven’t tutored much for a long time, but it was an interesting and rewarding experience.
Have you volunteered for any other organizations in the past?
Yes, I used to walk dogs for the Humane Society before they moved over by the river. Also, I’m a current member of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary, which allows me to work sometimes in the Gift Tree, and I am in charge of greeting card orders.
I’m sure either of these organizations would be happy to accept new volunteers.
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What does volunteering for Meals on Wheels involve?
I deliver meals to homebound seniors, usually two days a week, but sometimes I am needed for additional days when other drivers are unavailable.
How many people have benefited from this program?
Several dozen meals are delivered every weekday, on three routes. One route is in the Truckee area, one in Tahoe City and one in Kings Beach. Also, there are a half dozen or so deliveries at the senior apartments. It allows for someone to visit each of our senior clients for a few brief minutes, so they at least have someone looking in on them each day.
What motivated you to start doing volunteer work?
I had the time, and recognized a need.
How does your church’s ‘Concern for the Poor’ committee work?
It is a long-term commitment of our parish, to help those in need in our community, and to offer resources and aid to transient people who pass through our town.
Where does the church obtain financial support?
Our financial support comes from our church parishioners, who contribute to the fund.
What was your most memorable achievement as a volunteer?
It is hard to think of any one achievement, but back when I was tutoring a Spanish-speaking young lady, she received a job promotion due to her efforts to improve her English language skills. She worked very hard, so I can’t take much credit for her achievement, but I was there to help her. Also, it is very rewarding to see our seniors who are very appreciative of our efforts on their behalf.
Do you think there are more volunteer positions available or open opportunities to be filled?
There are always opportunities to be filled and hopefully, volunteers available.
If other people would like to volunteer or contribute to the organizations in any other way, who would they contact?
For the Catholic Church “Concern for the Poor” committee contact our Parish Secretary, Ceci Bahr, at 587-3595, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the Sierra Senior Services, the Meal on Wheels and other senior activities, call 587-2408.
The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary number is 582-3571, and to contact the Humane Society call 587-5948.
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