“There’s always something you can do in your neighbourhood to make it a better place.”
Sage words from Meals on Wheels volunteer Brett Hall, an Oliver resident who’s been delivering groceries to the non-profit’s members since August. To his welcome surprise, bringing food to people in need across Edmonton and in his neigbourhood has become a kind of personal therapy. “I was looking to raise my confidence and find stability,” says the 35-year-old former nurse turned insurance agent. “Driving for [Meals on Wheels] humbled me and put my own problems into perspective.”
Hall has become somewhat of a guinea pig to test out Meals’ new Store-to-Door program for seniors and disabled people, which became an official program after a trial last fall. Twice monthly, Hall purchases and delivers groceries for an elderly man named Michael, who lives only a few blocks away, but can’t physically run the errands himself. There’s no cost for Hall and his mileage is reimbursed by the non-profit.
The project helps forge a connection to the neighbourhood for those who aren’t able to easily get out into the community. “Now we have a rhythm,” says Hall. “It’s nice to think that he trusts me enough to enter his home.”
If you would like to become a Store-to-Door volunteer, or pitch in on other Meals on Wheels programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org.