Local community leaders in the Town of Caledon and Orangeville will deliver meals to show their support for Caledon Meals on Wheels (CMOW) during National March for Meals Community Champions Week, March 17 to 21, 2014. The week is part of the March for Meals month-long campaign, a North American initiative put on by local Meals on Wheels agencies to help raise awareness of senior malnutrition and the need for local action. It also celebrates the invaluable services provided by local agencies and serves to recruit new volunteers from the community and increase fundraising from local businesses and supporters.
“Community Champion’s Week is a great opportunity for the leaders in our community to experience firsthand the importance and impact of our programs and services. The experience is invaluable and we hope it will help us raise awareness and reach out to more individuals, both those in need of our programs and services and those who would like to volunteer or sponsor us,” said CMOW, Executive Director, Christine Sevigny.
The meal program has been operating for 30 years in Caledon and Orangeville but that’s not the only program offered by CMOW. They also offer a variety of other programs and services, such as Social, Health and Wellness programs, Friendly Visitors, TeleChat and Security Checks, suited to keep seniors healthy, mobile and independent for as long as possible.
“Our society has changed, it’s harder to care for our elderly parents and family members on our own. Our programs and services help make caring for our extended family a little easier and they help bring dignity and independence back into people’s lives. As our population ages, the programs and services our agency provides will be vital to keeping our community strong and active—something that community leaders can help us increase awareness of.” said Mrs. Sevigny
Community Champions that will be taking part in the weekly campaign include federal MP, David Tilson; provincial MP, Sylvia Jones; Town of Caledon’s Mayor, Marolyn Morrison and Councillors, Allan Thompson and Patti Foley; and Town of Orangeville’s Councillor, Gail Campbell. Long-time corporate volunteers and supporters the Royal Bank, Mars Canada, and Cavalier Transportation Services Inc., along with new supporters, Fines Ford Lincoln Sales and Woolwich Dairy will also be delivering meals to CMOW clients.
Champions will be picking up their meals at 11:15 a.m. at the Vera M. Davis Community Centre, in Bolton, and in Orangeville at the Lord Dufferin Centre and will be heading out with a CMOW volunteer to deliver meals to approximately 125 clients that week.
Currently CMOW services over 350 people in the Caledon and Orangeville area. CMOW volunteers spend over 6000 hours per year driving and delivering meals, visiting and supporting seniors in their homes, checking in on seniors to making sure they are safe and helping CMOW run programs that promote physical and mental health.
For further information, please contact:
Community Relations Manager
Caledon Meals on Wheels
905.584.7136 or 905.857.7651