What We Learned From Our Day With East Cooper Meals on Wheels
Recently we had the privilege of helping East Cooper Meals on Wheels to deliver meals. The whole thing was a lot of fun, and to help give back even more, our Matt O’Neill Real Estate team is giving the organization $500. That money will allow them to feed 166 people in need right here in Charleston.
With about 450 volunteers working about 20 routes, East Cooper Meals on Wheels plays a big part in helping the community. There are a variety of different roles that volunteers can take. This includes people who pack the meals, drivers, and others.
Everything comes from private donations, and certain events help the organization to bring in even more resources. For example, their annual Oyster Roast brought in $12,000 this year alone.
They also host a Gala event each year that typically brings in about $140,000. This equates to a lot of food, since meals cost about $3 a piece. Additionally, their services and their events are carried out with no government funding.
The Meals on Wheels newsletter contains a lot of information, including that pertaining to donors. Thanks to help from the community, East Cooper Meals on Wheels serves approximately 300 meals per day.
The route I rode along for served about 18 people. Some people only receive the service on the weekend, while others rely on it daily. Milk and desserts are sometimes also provided.
The people receiving these meals are usually referred by the church, by a friend, or by a community member. When they are referred, Meals on Wheels travels to conduct an interview with them and determine their needs—whether it is one meal a week or two meals a day.
Meals are given out purely based on need. This need isn’t limited to financial status, either. There are some people the service helps who just simply can’t care for themselves in this way, specifically.
The driver I rode with absolutely loves his work, which he does on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays each week.
Ultimately, the experience was a lot of fun. We’ve learned a lot from our community and are blown away by the generosity and volume of work that is being done by East Cooper Meals on Wheels. If you’d like to donate, you can visit www.ecmow.org
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.