7 Ways You Can Help Your Homebound and Senior Neighbors This Season

The weather’s getting warmer and the days are getting longer. That means it’s almost time for beach trips, camping at the lake, and weekend getaways! As you begin making plans for the upcoming months, have you thought about ways you can give back to your community? How about helping your homebound neighbors by supporting Edmonton Meals on Wheels! The summertime is meant to be enjoyed, which is why we have created a list of fun and easy ways you can get involved!


1. Volunteer as a Daytime Delivery Driver

Help those in need while you explore the city! Becoming a Daytime Delivery Driver volunteer is the perfect way to fill those long summer days. Spend part of your day delivering meals to the doors of appreciative clients, while still having time to enjoy the sunshine! This role takes about three hours of your time between 10:00AM- 1:00PM. To sign up or for more information, click here.


2. Donate homegrown produce to our Grow-A-Row initiative

Growing an extra row in your garden is a fun and easy way to give back this summer to those who need it most. Homegrown produce donations will be incorporated into the spring and summer menu, which means our clients are able to enjoy a variety of fresh and flavorful meals. Simply drop off your extra homegrown produce, Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM at the Edmonton Meals on Wheels office (11111 103 Ave). For more information, contact us at 780- 429-2020 or emow@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org. 


3. Become a monthly donor

Is your summer schedule already packed full? If time is an issue, consider supporting Edmonton Meals on Wheels’ services with a monthly donation. Your generosity will go directly towards helping the thousands of Edmontonians that rely on our services for their independence and well-being. Giving monthly truly is the most efficient and cost-effective way to support our organization. To become a monthly donor, or for more information, click here.


4. Go to a YEG Cycle Giv’r class

Want to stay active this summer while supporting your homebound neighbors? YEG Cycle has you covered! Check out their Giv’r classes on Friday from 6:40PM-7:30PM. From now until the end of June, all proceeds from the $10 class will go directly towards supporting our clients. You are sure to feel amazing after one of these classes!


5. Volunteer with colleagues

Escape the office this summer by organizing a group volunteer day with your colleagues! You and your crew can practice your team building skills by spending a few hours in our kitchen or delivering meals to clients. Group volunteering is a great way to bond with your colleagues while giving back to the community! For more information, email us at emow@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org. 


6. Create “Have a Nice Day” or “Happy Spring” cards

Seventy-seven percent of our clients live alone and many of them deal with the impacts of social isolation. Let them know that you’re thinking of them by creating a homemade greeting card! This small gesture can create a big impact. It is also a great way to show your kids or grandkids a fun way they can give back to their community. Right now, we are short on “Have a nice day” or Happy Spring” cards and are turning to you for help. Cards can be dropped off at our office during regular hours (Mon – Fri; 8AM – 4PM) or slipped through our mail slot on the north east side of our building (11111 103 Ave). For more information, email us at emow@mealsonwheelsedmonton.org. 


7. Talk about us on social media

The power of social media is an undeniable force in todays world! Sharing our message within your own social networks is a simple, yet effective, way to support Edmonton Meals on Wheels and your homebound neighbors. Start by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and then simply -share, like, or comment on our posts. Even better, we encourage you to share your personal Edmonton Meals on Wheels experience with your friends on your social media accounts. Just remember to tag us!