"I think it’s true with any volunteering that you always get back way more than you give. And that’s really true with Meals on Wheels. First you think you’re just going to be frisbeeing in meals and running back out but for the people who want to talk, who want to get to know you and thank you, it can be quite an amazing experience.
I’ve had a few close calls with people being very near to death. But that’s a privilege too for me to be a part of that process of getting to know the families. Of course it’s hard when someone is dying, but it’s still a privilege to help and get to know these people and their families.
One client and friend of mine lived downtown. I always left him for the end of my route. He’d always insist that I come in, sit down, have a cup of coffee, and chat about things. When he was dying his family put a hospital bed in the living room and they were really comfortable with me visiting him on a daily basis.
I had to actually stop volunteering for a while a few years back because I broke my leg. During that time it was so tough because volunteering for Meals on Wheels is like my weekly pick-me-up, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.
All the recipients are invariably grateful — and they tell you that. Everyone is so supportive, which makes it an even better experience. For me, one of the most important things is that Meals on Wheels helps people stay in their homes, and that is so important." -Maria Minicucci, Metro Meals on Wheels volunteer
Thank you to the students at Boise State University for volunteering their time to interview and shadow our staff.