Volunteers needed for Mt. Pleasant home delivery meal service
The Mt. Pleasant Senior Center is looking for volunteers to help it keep its home delivery meal service.
According to Jennifer Gilpin, center supervisor, the Mt. Pleasant center took over the home-delivered meal program when Meal on Wheels stopped in Mt. Pleasant. That program ended last summer.
Through the program, volunteers delivered meals to senior citizens and those who were not able to get out because of accidents or illnesses.
“We have been delivering for years to the outside areas like Tarrs and Hunker and Ruffsdale and Scottdale, and now we are delivering to the seniors in Mt. Pleasant,” said Gilpin.
Volunteers are needed to help put meals together and pack them for delivery.
“It would take maybe an hour a day,” Gilpin said. “We need the volunteers to pack the meals, and it's easy.”
The program is operated through the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging and is open only to senior citizens who qualify.
All arrangements for home delivery are made through the agency.
“You can't call the center here to get a meal,” Gilpin said. “You have to go through the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging to see about getting added. Everything goes through them.”
Meals of Wheels disbanded in Mt. Pleasant last summer. The group at the senior center were happy to pick up the seniors from the area.
“We have about 68 now that we deliver to, and that includes the Mt. Pleasant area,” Gilpin said.
Volunteers are needed to help on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
“They get a frozen meal on Tuesday for Wednesday, and we give them frozen meals on Friday for the weekend,” Gilpin said.
For seniors in more remote areas, two weeks' worth of frozen meals are delivered twice every month.
“We have a paid driver who does all the deliveries, but we could really use some help in the mornings with the meals themselves,” Gilpin said.
Volunteers can come on each of the four days needed or only one or two days if that is all they are able.
“We can use volunteers for the program, especially now,” Mt. Pleasant Senior Center Supervisor Pam Soforic said. “We added several seniors since the other program no longer is offered.”
“We just need some people to come and help, even if it's only one day a week,” Gilpin said.
Volunteers would start about 8 a.m. to assemble meals.
“We'll schedule you anyway you want, and it's not anything hard. We'll give you an apron and some gloves, and you'll be ready to go.”
For information or to volunteer, call the center at 724-547-4593.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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