2017-06-18 / News

Chesaning urgently needs more volunteers delivering Meals on Wheels

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

Amy DeGeus, director of the Chesaning Senior Center, is looking for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels.Photo by Jeanne Marcello Amy DeGeus, director of the Chesaning Senior Center, is looking for volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels.
Photo by Jeanne Marcello
CHESANING – The Saginaw County Commission on Aging provides meals for homebound elderly who are unable to prepare healthy, well-balanced meals for themselves. The meals are distributed through senior centers throughout the county; from there, volunteers deliver meals to homes. Chesaning urgently needs more volunteers to deliver for Meals on Wheels.

Chesaning Senior Center director Amy DeGeus said Kenn Bueche has been going above and beyond to deliver meals, even taking two routes some days. “Kenn has been doing a lot. He needs a break,” she said.

DeGeus is seeking several reliable volunteers who can commit to two hours, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., one weekday a week in the Chesaning area. Typically, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are the days they need the most help; but she will gladly accept help on Mondays and Wednesdays too.

Volunteers must have a valid Michigan driver’s license, reliable transportation and a good driving record. The county reimburses for mileage. Those interested in applying should contact Commission on Aging volunteer coordinator Bev Yanca at (989) 797-7566.

DeGeus explained that as Chesaning’s senior center director, she is responsible for finding drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound senior citizens who qualify. Those interested in learning whether they qualify for Meals on Wheels meal deliveries should contact the Saginaw County Commission on Aging office at (989) 797-6880.

Seniors (60 and over) who have transportation are invited to eat lunch at the Chesaning Senior Center on weekdays. There is a suggested donation of $2.25 per meal; although everyone is welcome, regardless of their ability to pay.

Reservations are required by noon the previous day. All meals, both delivered and at the senior center, are planned by a certified nutritionist.

DeGeus has been serving as the Chesaning Senior Center director since last fall. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Those with questions about the Chesaning Senior Center can call DeGeus at (989) 845-6565.

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