On Thursday, April 11, over 190 volunteers for Meals on Wheels NW Indiana were recognized and celebrated for their commitment to Meals on Wheels. The volunteers were treated to a family-style meal at the Avalon Manor and received letters from the President and Presidential Service Awards for their more than 100 hours of service. Four volunteers also received the Silver Presidential Service Award which is in recognition of their more than 250 hours of service in 2018.
Recognitions were also made for the tenure of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. Centier Bank received a certificate for reaching the milestone of 25 years of service to Meals on Wheels. And, Tami Janda, the lead for the corporate volunteer group, and Mary Hoppe, another volunteer were recognized for 25 years of service. The Hammond Marina received a certificate for their 15 years of service, and one of their employees, Keith Carey, was recognized for his 10 years of service delivering meals in the City of Whiting.
Our first ever City Partner of the Year Award was presented to Detective Dave Evans representing the City of Hobart in recognition of the support the entire city offered to Meals on Wheels during times of need. An example of their help, the polar vortex this past winter caused us to need support from the city and Mayor Snedecor and the city was happy to step up and assist us in delivering meals to the clients in Hobart. We are grateful to all of our volunteers who help us every day in making sure our mission is met. Our mission is: “To deliver nutritious meals to those in need with the support of community volunteers.”