Meals On Wheels Volunteers Keep The Wheels Turning
At New Windsor Community Center
Nearly 115 volunteers for Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh were recognized at a luncheon last Wednesday in the Town of New Windsor Community Room. Since 2011, volunteers who are dedicated to serving hot meals to people in the Newburgh and New Windsor communities have been thanked at this annual event. Robin Bello, Executive Director of Meal on Wheels and Meals on Wheels Board Member Philip Lawry of M & T Bank, co-chaired the luncheon in which food donated by several area restaurants and supermarkets, was served and dozens of prizes were raffled off to the guests of honor. Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh was founded in 1972 by Frederica Warner who passed away in April at age 102. Carole McDermott, President of Meals on Wheels, acknowledged Warner by saying, “Our volunteers are truly carrying on Frederica’s legacy and vision for Meals on Wheels.” She added, “They are dedicated, they go out in all weather and they truly turn our wheels – we couldn’t do it without them.” Meals on Wheels operates on generous donations and does not receive government funding.
Executive Director Robin Bello says her staff of dedicated volunteers deliver hundreds of meals per week and that on any given day, she needs at least 16 volunteers to carry out the food preparation and delivery. Says Bello, “Most of our volunteers are senior citizens themselves and they show up every single day to deliver meals. It’s very rewarding.” McDermott points out that the volunteers drive their own vehicles and pay for their own gas.
If you are interested in becoming involved with Meals on Wheels, new volunteers are always welcome. Or if you know of someone in need of Meals on Wheels service, contact Robin Bello at 845-562-3490.