Barb Nickels, Realty Executives 4Results, and Lanae Powell, Ellene McKean & Associates, both value the impact they are having on their communities with local Meals on Wheels programs and encourage additional participation. Meals on Wheels, a locally run organization which provides a nutritious hot meal once a day, is a popular community program than many agents in McPherson and Hutchinson volunteer for. Members of Reno Council currently volunteer by completing a route once a week as a community outreach project. Additionally, other agents volunteer through local churches, organizations or individually. The routes are divided into sensible units, and it only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to deliver meals, depending on the route.
Barb Nickels, a REALTOR® since 1992, said, “We deliver meals to people who likely wouldn’t bother to eat if we didn’t deliver it. Often, we are the only people they see all day. We deliver Meals on Wheels because as REALTORS®, we know our way around town very well. Our Meals on Wheels clients are like a second family.”
Lanae Powell, a REALTOR® since 2006 who recently joined the McPherson Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, said the McPherson program needs more drivers. “I am a driver, I deliver on Wednesdays. We are on two months and then off for two months. We really, really need some additional drivers. We have enough people waiting for meals to add another route, but not enough drivers to accommodate.”
Would you like to get involved? They need volunteers! Contact Connie Grennan in McPherson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gloria in Hutchinson at 620-665-5711.