Above: Director Jeani Purcell presented David Fioravanti, Director of Food & Nutrition, a plaque thanking the Phoenixville Hospital for their service to our community, especially during COVID.
Phoenixville Hospital serves 3 of our chapters: Phoenixville, East Pikeland, and Spring City.
In October 2021, MOWCC hosted a Volunteer Event at the First United Methodist Church in Phoenixville. About 50 people attended including two of our commissioners, Marian Moskowitz and Josh Maxwell.
Linda Keenan (Phoenixville Chapter Chair) presented awards and flowers to four special ladies who have volunteered for over 30 years. Pictured Left: Nancy Miller (33 years); Dot Wood (48 years); Linda; Doris Bolinger (38 years); and Celia Breden (48 years).
Just goes to show that volunteering keeps you young and active!
Chapter chairs and Meals on Wheels staff arranged for a delicious spread of food for the Sunday afternoon gathering.
Above: David Fiorvanti of Phoenixville Hospital standing with Alma Zadrejko who has been a volunteer for 15 years and works at the Phoenixville Hospital. Alma is the Chapter Treasurer and plans to retire from the hospital in the near future.
Dot Wood, Secretary of the MOWCC Board of Directors, greets guests as they arrive at the event.
Volunteers were given a thermal mug celebrating MOWCC 50 years serving homebound seniors in Chester County.
Volunteers in other chapters will also receive a mug as we schedule events in their area. Unfortunately, due to COVID, Volunteer Celebration events have been postponed until further notice.
Volunteers from all 3 chapters watched as certificates were presented to long serving drivers and were able to share similar experiences with other volunteers who pick up meals from the Phoenixville Hospital.
Everyone enjoyed meeting other people that deliver meals to the same clients. "We don't often see one another except in passing when picking up the meals."
"We often have the same funny stories and favorite clients."
Nancy Miller, on the left, drivers for two chapters: Phoenixville and East Pikeland. With COVID, we lost a lot of drivers. Several people have stepped up to driver for more than one chapter. Both Phoenixville and East Pikeland pick up meals from Phoenixville Hospital but it is two different sets of clients and directions.
Martin and Martine Tranie, seated far right, do all the driving directions for all 3 Phoenixville routes. It's a big job because clients go on and off frequently. It is a huge help to the volunteers to have such accurate and detailed instructions.
Commissioner Marian Moskowitz mingles and chats with the volunteers.
The West Grove Diner serves meals for our Avon Grove Chapter which covers Avondale, West Grove, and surrounding areas.
During COVID, the diner is closed on Wednesdays. Double meals are served on Tuesdays so that clients still receive five meals per week.
Unfortunately, a volunteer celebration for this chapter has been postposed due to COVID. Ashley, at the diner, accepted the plaque.
Robert McMahon, Culinary Director of Manatawny Manor, accepts a Thank You plaque from the East Coventry Chapter's Mary Ann Keen (on right) and Cathie Leister.
Meals on Wheels of Chester County is presenting all of our food providers (we have 13) with recognition plaques for outstanding service to our homebound neighbors, especially during the past year's COVID-19 pandemic.
There was no lapse in service all year. We thank all 13 of our food providers for their support and dedication to serving hot meals to homebound residents of Chester County.
More pictures will be added as we distribute the plaques to our food providers. Keep checking back for updates.
Harrison House in Coatesville prepares meals for our Coatesville and Pony Express Chapters (about 70 meals per day). Recently, Harrison House treated our volunteers to a delicious lunch and celebrated a successful year delivering meals to our homebound clients during COVID-19.
Our Chester County Commissioners:
Josh Maxwell, Michelle Kichline, and
Marian Moskowitz attended the volunteer celebration held at Harrison House.
Seated in front on left is volunteer Suzanne Freyer and standing in the back is volunteer and board member, Alan Freyer.
Harrison House staff prepared an excellent lunch for our volunteers on September 8th at the outdoor patio behind the facility.
Wendy and Bruce Reid
Vivian Childs, Coatesville Chapter volunteer and Mary Ann Edwards, Pony Express Chapter volunteer.
Pat Milliken and Becky Givler, volunteers for our Coatesville Chapter.
Vaccines are safe, effective, and a key strategy to protect you and the people around you from serious illness. Also, it is the best way to eliminate this virus from our country.
Once vaccinated, according to the CDC, you no longer have to wear a mask unless riding public transportation or if required by a business.
Volunteers should keep a mask in your car. If you prefer to wear a mask, certainly do so. If a consumer asks you to wear a mask, please wear one. We are in a transitional phase. Please use your judgement and be considerate of others' preferences. Thank you!
Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is the national organization supporting more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.
MOWA engages in research to demonstrate the impact and value of Meals on Wheels at the state and local level that serve millions of seniors each year. They are committed to ensuring that local programs have the tools and resources they need to meet the growing demand for services in their communities. This includes studies on food insecurity, photos, graphics, and the "Let's Do Lunch" initiative. This idea encourages working people to take one lunch a month to deliver meals to those in need.
Meals on Wheels Pennsylvania (MOWPA) is our state organization. MOWPA provides the unified voice of Pennsylvania nonprofit home-delivered meal providers to build, sustain and empower effective programs.
MOWPA advocates and provides training and networking opportunities for its members.