Unbeknownst to many and unrecognized by most, there are thousands of elderly and disabled people across Austin who, while healthy enough to live independently, need some help getting nutritious food and with other small household chores. Enter Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM), which, over the last 42 years, has grown from a small organization serving 29 people to a network of over 7,000 volunteers helping some 5,000 folks in all parts of Austin.
MOWAM is probably known best for preparing and delivering healthy meals to those in need (they delivered 855,865 meals in 2012 alone!), but the organization also provides services including grocery delivery and various small home repairs.
In short, MOWAM volunteers do all they can to “keep their clients healthy and living independently with dignity.”
April 7th – 11th is MOWAM’s volunteer appreciation week, so we wanted to take a quick break from capturing stories and shout a huge “Thank You!” to all of the wonderful volunteers in our community helping those in need. Additionally, even as MOWAM has grown leaps and bounds since 1972, the number of people in need of assistance has greatly increased as well. If you or someone you know would like to get involved with MOWAM and help Austin’s elderly and disabled population, click here. You won’t regret it.
Also, if you volunteer with any organizations we would love to hear about what makes this work so special. Please share your volunteer stories in the Comments section below.
Photo above: Live Oak Legacies founder Kathryn Gonzales volunteering with the Austin Downtown Founder Lion Club at MOWAM.