Fairfax County's Meals on Wheels Program Needs You


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

July 30, 2004

 

Fairfax County's Meals on Wheels Program Needs You

Fairfax County's Meals on Wheels program is facing a critical shortage of volunteers. Currently the agency is in need of volunteers throughout the county, especially in the eastern section.

Meals on Wheels urgently needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals in the Chantilly, Tysons, McLean, Reston, Herndon, Alexandria and Fairfax areas. Both regular and substitute drivers are being sought. Additionally, the Clifton Meals on Wheels Group is seeking a volunteer treasurer. This position requires a commitment of five to six hours per month.

Drivers can volunteer to deliver prepared meals to the homebound elderly weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Meals are picked up from a designated site in the community between 10:30 and 11 a.m. It takes two hours on average to complete a delivery route.

To volunteer, please call the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Intake Hotline at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186, or send an e-mail to beverly.mullis@fairfaxcounty.gov. For reasonable ADA accommodations, contact Pam Graff at 703-324-5410, TTY 703-449-1186. Additional information and volunteer job descriptions can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/service/aaa.

"Meals on Wheels helps the elderly continue to live independently in the community," said Jan Kikuchi, the Meals on Wheels program coordinator at the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. "We make volunteering flexible and easy. By giving just a few hours a month, volunteers make a significant contribution to the health, happiness and quality of life of our elderly, homebound citizens."

During the past 12 months, 1,400 Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered 194,000 meals to approximately 750 older adults in Fairfax County. Demand for the program has grown dramatically as the county's elderly population continues to increase.

Since Oct. 1, 1985, the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging has administered the Meals on Wheels program, and the agency recruits and places volunteers in 18 Meals on Wheels community organizations that run the program's day-to-day operations.

Please call the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186, to learn more about the county's Meals on Wheels program.

 

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