In 2004, while visiting my wife’s parents in Wisconsin, we discovered that they could no longer appropriately take care of meals for themselves and Wisconsin Meals on Wheels was recommended to us by some neighbors. After seeing the value of the services provided, I was very moved and inspired to become a part of the program in my own community. When I returned to Denver I called TLC MOW and hence forth began my time with MOW. I have been a driver on Route 17 with TLC Meals on Wheels since 2004 and since 2007 a member of the Board. Originally, as a semi-retired adult, I felt I served because it was a form of “pay-back” for the full life I have had. A way of “giving-back” to the community. However, soon after starting on Route 17, I realized how mistaken I had been. I was not the one who was giving back to the community or serving others, they were serving me. The gifts I received as a driver were a hundred fold what I put in. I want to note that my experience is no different than that of the hundreds of other volunteers currently helping us out.
With our aging population, within the next 2-3 years our client base is projected to increase from 300 meals per day to 400 meals per day. In 2008 we moved our outdated kitchen at the Bradley House in downtown Littleton to a modern and efficient kitchen at Ames Elementary School and this has been a huge blessing for us. Our kitchen has a 500 meals per day capacity, so there is room for growth! We are so grateful to the Littleton Public School Board for leasing us this space.
Our volunteer drivers are invaluable to us, they donate their time, talent, and care willingly each and every week of the year. However, volunteering as a driver is only one way of supporting us. We have support in the kitchen, as well as administrative services. If you are interested in any of these areas, we will be happy to find a place for you or at least put you on a waiting list until positions become available. Please contact our office to sign up.
The easiest way to support us is by providing critical financial support. We have many consistent contributors and for these we are so grateful, but as we plan on growing, we will also need growing financial support. A lot of our support arrives at the office in the traditional way– through the mail. With ever increasing technology, many supporters are now using the internet to make their contributions. By going to the TLC Meals on Wheels Donate web page or www.ColoradoGives.org , you can make a one-time pledge or arrange for monthly withdrawals from your checking account. Given the current economic situation and the increase in our aging population, this is more important now than ever before.
If you are able, consider becoming a “Senior Sponsor.” For a pledge of $85 a month, you will be covering the cost of a full month’s worth of meals for one our clients who is in need of full financial support. This is a small price to pay, we believe, for a hot meal and friendly face at the door each weekday.
Not all of our clients need financial help and we have no income requirements for participating in the program. We understand that sometimes the contact with our friendly volunteers is more valuable then the meal itself. If you know of a senior who may be in need of our help in order to maintain their independence, or who would benefit from our services. Please let us know.
President, Board of Directors