Meals on Wheels SA (MoWSA) is inviting South Australians to share a love of volunteering.
The State’s largest community-based volunteer organisation has a long and positive track record of recruiting and retaining volunteers due to the rewarding nature of the tasks, and a focus on “nourishing” communities. MoWSA consistently has a new generation of volunteers in its sights.
National Volunteer Week (11-17 May) is an ideal time to acknowledge and thank the over 8,000 MoWSA volunteers in SA, and step up their recruitment activity to encourage more people to share in the benefits of volunteering.
MoWSA has a commitment to help customers live independently in their homes and this has been an unerring focus for over 60 years.
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, MoWSA volunteers and staff joined hundreds of other SA volunteers in a public march in Adelaide on Monday 11 May, from King William Street to Victoria Square.
“Since 1954, Meals on Wheels in SA has brought a nourishing meal, friendly social contact and a “safe and well” check to thousands of South Australians,” said Mrs Sharyn Broer, CEO of MoWSA.
“This could never be possible without the inspiring efforts of our volunteers. Their ongoing commitment and support is what continues to keep our important community service in motion. They are at the very heart of what we do.”
MoWSA has over 8000 volunteers working in a variety of roles including cooks, kitchen helpers, drivers, deliverers and administrators. Branches also welcome people with IT and office skills. The organisation is now hoping to increase the number of volunteers across its 88 branch network.
“National Volunteer Week is the perfect occasion to not only pay tribute once again to current volunteers, but to also encourage new volunteers to experience the personal satisfaction and social benefits of volunteering,” Mrs Broer said.
“While we continue to have strong levels of enquiry from prospective volunteers, more helping hands are always welcomed. A couple of hours on a regular basis is all it takes to be a MoWSA volunteer and enormous personal satisfaction can be gained in seeing your efforts make a real difference to people in need.”
MoWSA delivers an average of 4300 meals each day. Since its establishment in South Australia 61 years ago, it has delivered more than 47 million meals to people in need of support for a variety of reasons.