Many years ago, I read The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. I loved the book, and I totally identified with his description of his father. Mr. Brokaw wrote that his dad’s measure of a good day was based on the amount of work he completed during the day. I also tend to rate the success of my day based on that standard of what I’ve accomplished.
At Meals on Wheels, there are lots of metrics we can use to rate our success, some of them more tangible than others. Measurable outcomes for 2022 include that during the first 8 months of the year, our staff and volunteers have:
• Served nearly 140,000 meals to local seniors
• Volunteered over 20,000 hours
• Driven as many miles as in all of 2021 (Over 58,000 miles!)
In addition to these measurable items, there are always lots of things happening behind the scenes, including:
• Training lots of new staff members,
• A pilot project to offer customized frozen meal packs,
• Grant writing and reporting,
• Client assessments and enrollments,
• Work on development of renal meal packs to better serve client receiving dialysis,
• Coalition work to improve transportation options for local seniors.
There is never a shortage of work at our agency, and we strive to accomplish things that help our seniors remain living independently and in their own homes as long as possible. Thanks to the hard work of our amazing team of paid and volunteer staff, I can honestly say that every day is a good day, with much accomplished for our community!
Happy Thanksgiving! Each year, Thanksgiving is a good reminder to me to express gratitude for the many folks who make Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels a