Volunteers needed to help seniors
Northwest Senior and Disability Services announced that its Meals on Wheels program has an urgent need for volunteers, including programs in Woodburn and Mount Angel.
"Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, homebound seniors are in even more need of essential services to keep them safe in their homes. One of these services is home-delivered meals," NWSDS Bilingual Council and Volunteer Coordinator Zaira Flores Marin said in a press release.
Meal site locations have been closed at all NWSDS locations, but the meal deliveries are ongoing and carry a weightier importance with the sites closing.
Flores Marin stressed that providing meals critical and essential to keeping hundreds of seniors healthy during this time.
"In the last few weeks, NWSDS has seen an increasing demand for home-delivered meals, particularly because the population most at-risk to the coronavirus are those 60 and older," she said. "Most of our regular volunteers fall within this age category as well. Our volunteers and those we serve are being asked to stay home as an extra precaution which has made it increasingly challenging to meet the growing demand for meals."
NWSDS needs healthy volunteers to package meals for home-bound seniors during shifts on Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon.
Volunteers need to complete an application and a brief orientation. Disposable gloves, sanitation stations, and training on food handling safety will be provided.
Locations needing volunteers are:
--Mt. Angel Community Center: 195 E Charles St, Mt Angel, OR 97362;
--Silverton Senior Center: 115 Westfield St, Silverton, OR 97381;
--Stayton Community Center: 400 W Virginia St, Stayton, OR 97383;
--Woodburn First Presbyterian Church: 950 N Boones Ferry Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071.
Seniors living within Salem-Keizer are served by Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS). To volunteer in the Salem-Keizer area please contact MPFS at 503-581-3855.
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