Meals on Wheels Looks to Local Businesses and Churches for Assistance 2/3/14
CBS 7 News
February 3, 2014
ODESSA/MIDLAND, TX—Meals on Wheels is in desperate need of volunteers throughout the Permian Basin.
The locations in Midland and Odessa are experimenting with unique ways to get the extra help that’s needed, such as lobbying more local businesses and churches to send out employees to volunteer.
Meals on Wheels serves hundreds of elderly, disabled, and homebound people every day.
Between losing some of their older volunteers, and the increase of clients, both locations are having a rough time delivering meals.
A local Chevron has been helping the program by allowing their employees to volunteer either on a weekly or monthly basis.
“When I started, the intent was to give back to the community, but when you actually do it, you realize you’re taking in as much as you’re giving out, so it’s a two way blessing,” said Chevron employee, Femi Esan.
Margaret Burton, the Executive Director for Meals on Wheels Odessa, says she’s sent out over 145 letters to different churches and businesses asking for help.
“This helps greatly because it gives the employees time to get out in the community and see the need. Plus, it gives our clients meals that day, and if we can get more of the businesses to do this it would really, really help,” said Burton.
Both programs need extra assistance in the county areas, especially in West Ector County.
Anyone interested in helping Meals on Wheels can call the Odessa location at 432-333-5477 or the Midland location at 432-689-6693.