Volunteer of the Month

Our featured volunteer for the month of October is Rhonda Cartan, who volunteers at our Washougal Center.

Q: What made you interested in volunteering with Meals on Wheels People?
Since I am somewhat retired, I wanted to give back to my community. I need to “wave my flag” on a local level, by doing small deeds. I don’t practice any religion, but I do practice kindness.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I enjoy not only hearing my clients’ stories about their lives, but I enjoy all the people I’ve met who work and volunteer with Meals on Wheels People. They are all the best!

Q: What inspires you?
: Seeing strangers doing small kindnesses for other strangers. We are all just trying to make our way around this big, blue marble with each other – it makes me want to be the best human I can be.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering?
I’m your typical housewife. I love cooking a good meal for my husband, keeping a garden, doing puzzles, seeing the SF 49ers win (sorry Seahawk fans) and enjoying my neighbors. My real joy comes through throwing clay – I could play with that mud for hours. I’m even getting better at hand-building with the limited time in the studio due to the pandemic. Anyone want a pot??

Q: What is your favorite Fall activity?
I don’t really have seasonal activities besides playing in the river in the summer. I used to crawl around and look for edible mushrooms (YUM) during the fall and I haven’t done that in awhile. I do go on occasional hikes, but that would be anytime of year.

Thank you, Rhonda, for caring about older adults in our community and helping us change lives, one meal at a time!

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