|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Make a Difference... If you have preschoolers (or homeschooled children), delivering meals may be the perfect opportunity for your family to serve others. It takes only about an hour (usually 11 am to noon) and you can volunteer as little as once per month or as often as once a week. Though the job is simple, it's about more than handing over a meal. As Meals on Wheels volunteers, your family provides smiles, a few minutes of conversation, and a safety check on homebound individuals. It's the only help some individuals require to continue to live independently. Visit the Meals On Wheels Association of America to find the program in your area. .
Talk About It ... Volunteering with your children for Meals On Wheels can open up conversations on everything from intergenerational friendships, to healthy foods and how to comfort the lonely. Plus, driving together with your children can be the ideal time for quiet discussions. Here are some ideas to jump-start your dialogue:
Learn About It ... Read Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius with your children, no matter what their ages. It's a beautiful and inspiring story about growing old gracefully and the importance of bringing beauty into the world.
Like the rest of us, Pamela Deering knows how easy it is to get absorbed in daily routines. So when she made the decision to stay at home full-time after the birth of her daughter, Rachel, she wanted to be intentional about carving out some time each week to give back to the community-mindful that her volunteer job needed to include her baby. Delivering meals to the homebound through a program in south Minneapolis called TRUST (Toward Renewed Unity in Service Together) turned out to be the ideal opportunity for a mother-daughter duo.
"It was wonderful experience from the beginning," Deering says. She admits to being a bit wary upon realizing that she would be taking her baby in and out of the car seat 8 or 10 times during their hour-long route. But the inconvenience paled in comparison to the benefits. The seniors were absolutely delighted to see her daughter. Even now, eight years later, they often save trinkets from cereal boxes, cut out pictures from greeting cards or find other treasures to share.
Photo: Pamela Deering and her daughters, Rachel and Maggie
For those in the Twin Cities, save the date, November 16, 2007, 7:00-9:00 pm, for the second annual Doing Good Together fundraiser. Your invitation should be arriving soon. If you're not on our snail mail list and want to attend, or simply want further information, e-mail us at email@example.com.