Volunteer Spotlight: Leander Meals on Wheels Volunteers (October 2020)

This month, we would like to introduce you to our Volunteer Spotlight on Frank and Laurie Engels. Each month, we like to feature a Meals on Wheels volunteer or volunteer group. Especially during a pandemic, we could not serve our seniors without the loyal assistance of our volunteers across Williamson and Burnet Counties. For this spotlight, meet The Engels. Frank and Laurie Engels discuss what it is like to volunteer for Meals on Wheels at our Leander location and share why it’s important to them to give back.

Q: How long have you been delivering Meals on Wheels?

A: We have been delivering Meals on Wheels for almost four years.

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer for Meals on Wheels?

A: We are retired and wanted to give back to the community.  We also enjoy the flexibility of scheduling.

Q: Why do you think Meals on Wheels is important for seniors living on their own?

A: For many seniors, a Meals on Wheels delivery is 1) a nutritional lunch for one, 2) the only outside human contact they might have that day and, 3) is a daily opportunity to make sure they are not suffering a health crisis.

Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering for Meals on Wheels?

A: We enjoy seeing their smiling faces when we make a delivery and are happy they are receiving a nutritional meal every day.

Q: What would you tell someone interested in donating to or volunteering for Meals on Wheels?

A: Meals on Wheels is a wonderfully run program that benefits those who are elderly and or disabled and it affords that one-on-one contact that means so much to those unable to get out.

We are so grateful to loyal volunteers like Frank and Laurie Engels, who have truly gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community. Thank you for your commitment to our Bagdad Activity Center Meals on Wheels location in Leander!