Volunteer with Meals on Wheels

As we begin this new year, we should ask ourselves: “What can we do to rejuvenate ourselves in 2011 and provide that balance that we are seeking while establishing personal and professional goals? And how does this fit in with our vision of Healthiest people, Healthiest communities, Exceptional Service?”

A cost effective, low calorie, aerobic and fulfilling opportunity awaits you with our volunteer workforce. Many volunteer workforce service initiatives are profiled on Saskatoon Health Region’s website at http://www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/volunteer. However, one initiative stands out at this time of year. An hour of time delivering Meals on Wheels can make a difference in the health of our community.

Anyone with a vehicle and one hour of time between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. can become a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Routes are available in all parts of Saskatoon.

Meals on Wheels is a service provided by volunteers to Saskatoon Health Region clients. The program is designed to prevent further deterioration of health and to provide individuals a way to stay safe and independent in their own homes. This includes individuals who are not independently mobile or not able to seek resources outside the home, and whose health would be compromised if Meals on Wheels were not provided.

How do I get involved?
For Saskatoon Meals on Wheels routes contact Brenda Johnson at 655-4318 and offer your gift of time.

Volunteers range from service groups to church groups and age ranges from youth to seniors. They volunteer because they have a passion for service. What they receive in return for their time can only be measured by the smiles and appreciation of clients and patients.

It’s one new year resolution that can make a difference not only in the health of our community but in the lives of the people we serve!

For more information on this volunteer initiative and others that are available at Saskatoon Health Region please visit http://www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/volunteer.

The 2007 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating provides a window into volunteer activities. Some highlights were:

  • 57 per cent of Prairie residents aged 15 and over (975,000) volunteered in 2007.
  • Two thirds of volunteers reported gaining interpersonal skills through their volunteer experiences.
  • Only nine per cent of volunteers engaged in mandatory volunteer service.