Today’s blog post is going to be a little different. I’m not going to be talking to you about our heaters, how we can help you heat up a cold room or give you a handy tip from our Tech Support team. Today, we’re going to talk about making a difference in your local community.
Here at Cadet we put an emphasis on working with our neighbors to make our home town and community a better place. Sometimes it means working hard to make sure our business has a minimal impact on the environment. Other times it means donating time or money to good causes. Earlier today it took the form of learning more about an organization that is making a tremendous impact for a certain part of our population.
This week a handful of us attended a fundraiser luncheon for the Meals on Wheels group that serves Clark County, Washington. In 2015, volunteers served 164,000 meals to 2,700.
Think about that.
Larry Smith, a longtime Meals and Wheels volunteer told the group at the lunch that the organization and its volunteers are a social and food “lifeline” for these homebound seniors in our community. In some cases volunteers are the only people the seniors will interact with on a daily basis.
“We’re changing people’s lives one meal at a time,” he said. Providing the food will let people “age in place with dignity,” and is important for their social well-being, he added.
The program, which serves people who are at least 60 years old and at least partially confined to their homes, hasn’t turned a single person who asked for service away in 46 years, according to Smith.
Meals are prepared by trained chefs and cooks who use seasonal produce. Each meal costs $7.39. In other words, if you and 7 other people donate a dollar a day, you can provide a meal for one senior in the community for the entire year.
And while we all sat there and heard stories of other seniors the program serves — like the two brothers who lived in the home they were born in until their late 80s or 90s or the woman who couldn’t make it to the front door in her wheel chair — I couldn’t help but think about the impact the program has in each one of these people’s life.
Listen, I don’t want to get sappy. But it’s times like these that that old saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” really starts to make sense.
It was an honor to represent Cadet at the luncheon and to hear all the great work going on by Meals on Wheels in our community.