OSCODA – You have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others in your community by volunteering as a home-delivered meal (meals on wheels) driver for the Iosco County Commission on Aging (ICCOA) through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Northeast Michigan.

“Food insecurity is a serious problem in northern Michigan, especially with homebound seniors. Local agencies offer programs to help, but their success depends on volunteers willing to assist where they can,” said RSVP Coordinator, Rick Houchin. “Volunteering as a home-delivered meal driver is a wonderful opportunity to truly make a difference.”

The Region 9 Area Agency on Aging and ICCOA have partnered with RSVP to help fill this critical need, as well as to provide enriching and fulfilling volunteer opportunities in Iosco County. 

The Commission on Aging provides hot or frozen meals to homebound seniors who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. While these meals are prepared at local senior centers, ICCOA looks primarily to volunteer drivers for assistance in getting the meals to the individual recipients. Says one meal recipient, “This program and its people have been a lifeline to me. I do not feel so alone, and they bring smiles, friendliness, and comfort. It has given me hope that there are still those who care about us and so many others.”

According to Dale Evilsizer, executive director of ICCOA, volunteers are needed to deliver meals weekdays between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All volunteer drivers receive free training and support, paid mileage, as well as have the flexibility to choose when and how often they drive. Through partnership with RSVP, drivers may be eligible to receive additional mileage reimbursement and excess insurance coverage while volunteering. 

“We are incredibly lucky to have this much-needed service provided in the community, but volunteers are the key to its success,” Houchin said. 

For more information about RSVP and getting involved with Iosco County Commission on Aging’s home-delivered meal program, please call 989-358-4637 or email rsvp@nemcsa.org. 

RSVP is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Aging and Adult Services Agency, and the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, NEMCSA.

NEMCSA is a private, nonprofit Community Action Agency that provides many programs and services throughout its core eleven northeast Michigan counties, a territory of 6,300 square miles. These counties are: Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego and Presque Isle. To find out more information regarding NEMCSA’s programs and services, including RSVP, please visit www.nemcsa.org.

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