Meals on Wheels People Recruiting for Snow/Emergency Drivers

Meals on Wheels People is recruiting volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles to deliver meals to homebound elderly during snowy weather this coming winter.

“We depend on more than 450 volunteers daily to help us serve and deliver more than 5,000 meals every weekday,” said Meals on Wheels CEO Suzanne Washington. “On those days when it’s snowy and icy, many of our regular volunteer drivers are unable to deliver. That’s why we rely on a cadre of dedicated volunteers with vehicles than can handle snow who are willing to deliver only during those days with inclement weather.”

Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and own their own car. All Meals on Wheels People volunteers will undergo a background check. Snow and emergency drivers will be called upon only on those days when the weather is inclement or when regular drivers are unable to drive due to vacation. Dozens of meal pick-up locations are available throughout the greater Portland-Vancouver area.

For more information, or to register as a Snow/Emergency Driver, visit www.morp.org/volunteer.

About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We serve and deliver 5,000 nutritious meals every weekday to older adults throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. But we provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.

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