A lot has changed since Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels made its first delivery. But one constant throughout the organization’s 45-year history is Virginia – a dedicated volunteer who has spent a lifetime seeing that other people have the food they need.
From her own children to hungry strangers, feeding people has always been important to Virginia.
“I like to eat, and I want others to enjoy it, too,” she said.
At 95, Virginia still cleans her own house, cooks her own meals and walks to YMOW every Monday for her weekly meal deliveries, most of which are made to people younger than herself.
Never one to sit idle, Virginia began volunteering at Meals on Wheels in 1974 while on summer break from her job as a cook at a local school. In those days, volunteers microwaved meals in the delivery van and the driver collected money at the door. Times have changed, and Virginia has changed right along with them.
Monday is the busiest day for Client Care Associates and volunteers. That’s when clients receive bread and produce along with their regular meals. Virginia takes pride in making sure that every person on her route receives everything they need and nothing they don’t. If a client doesn’t like milk or has a particular fondness for fruit, she makes sure it’s reflected in that day’s delivery.
Volunteering is a way of life for Virginia, who also worked at a local gathering place that provided food for the hungry. She still works regularly at the Ypsilanti Thrift Shop and calls bingo at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.
“I have a free Tuesday,” Virginia recently quipped. “I need to fill that.”
Virginia said she is fortunate to still live in the home she moved into the day after her wedding 66 years ago. And she’s pleased to help others remain in their homes, too, by bringing them food and a smile every Monday.
“Virginia is a great example of how well people, given the right resources, can age safely and happily at home,” said Alison Foreman, executive director of YMOW. “We are so fortunate to have Virginia on our team. Her energy and commitment drives us all.”
As YMOW celebrates 45 years of serving meals to Ypsilanti’s homebound population, Virginia celebrates 45 years of service to the organization and a lifetime of helping her community.
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