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Tri-County Office on Aging

 

 

CRITICAL VOLUNTEER SHORTAGE FOR MEALS ON WHEELS

 

For the first time in years, there is a severe shortage of volunteers who help deliver Meals On Wheels.  The Tri-County Office on Aging program provides more than 450,000 hot, nutritious meals annually in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties to older adults and people with disabilities. 

 

More than 1,600 people volunteer each year to deliver Meals On Wheels.  At least 170 more volunteers are currently needed to deliver either daily, weekly or once a month.  Training takes less than an hour.

 

The most critical needs are in the following areas:

Greater Lansing (517 -887-1460) needs more than 100 volunteers with the greatest needs in East Lansing, north and south Lansing.

 

Rural Ingham County (517-676-2775) needs volunteers in Holt, Mason, Stockbridge, and Webberville.

 

Clinton County (989-224-3600) needs volunteers in DeWitt, St. Johns, and Eureka.  

 

Eaton County (517-541-2330) needs volunteers in Grand Ledge, Delta Township, Charlotte, Dimondale and Potterville.

 

According to Bob Parsons, a Meals On Wheels volunteer who coordinates a downtown Lansing route with colleagues from the Michigan Department of Transportation, delivering Meals On Wheels is the ideal volunteer experience.  “You can deliver as often as your schedule allows.  Most routes can be done on a lunch hour so almost anyone can deliver Meals On Wheels”, said Parsons.  He added, “Not only do you help people with a nutritious meal, you also brighten their day with a smile and friendly face.”

 

Click here to fill out a Meals On Wheels Volunteer Application

 

 

About Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA)

The Tri-County Office on Aging has been the leader of assistance, advocacy, and planning for older adults and their families since 1974.  Serving Michigan's Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties and the Cities of Lansing and East Lansing, TCOA served more than 15,000 individuals and their families last year. Older adults, family members, hospital staff, home health agencies, and neighbors depend on TCOA for direction, referrals and services for our community's aged and persons with disabilities.

 

 

Who we serve

We serve older adults primarily age 60 and older, and adults with disabilities.  We serve many people at low or no cost or on a sliding fee scale.

Nutrition

Meals On Wheels provides a hot, well-balanced meals delivered daily by friendly volunteers.  Senior Dining Sites are located throughout the tri-county area and serve those who are not homebound.

Advocacy

Learn about the issues that affect older adults and how to effectively use many communication tools to contact your legislators.

Information

Find helpful information on topics related to older adults and persons with disabilities including Social Security, health insurance, in-home services, Medicare/Medicaid, tax assistance and housing information.

Volunteer/Donate

You can help improve the health and happiness of older adults in our community by donating your time, your resources or both.  Learn how to join forces with thousands of others who are making a significant difference in the lives of your neighbors.

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Testimonials

“If you ever reach the point where your own mother needs care, this is the program you would want her in, so that you may visit her in her very own happy home tending to her garden instead of being confined unnecessarily in a costly facility, looking forward to end of life.”
Castranza (Zena) Grant - 14 Apr 2011