Amid soaring gas prices, some relief is in sight for volunteers for the Council on Aging for Henderson County.
A $3,500 grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation will be used to purchase gas vouchers to help defray the expense of filling up the tank for scores of Council on Aging volunteers—many of whom drive long routes each week in the course of delivering meals, according to a news release.
“Our dedicated volunteers log more than a thousand miles a week delivering meals to nearly 400 homebound aging adults in Henderson County,” said Melissa Witmeier, executive director. “This timely grant from the WNC Bridge Foundation eases the sacrifices our volunteers make in service to others. We are grateful for the thoughtful and generous support.”
WNC Bridge Foundation is a community-based charitable organization working to provide funds to support and assist in meeting the many health challenges that face the people of Western North Carolina. The Foundation provides direct support through its five community initiatives and empowers carefully selected non-profits to impact individual and community wellness throughout the WNC region, the release says.
“Volunteers play such a crucial role in the success of Meals on Wheels, being able to support gas vouchers feels like a meaningful way to recognize the important work volunteers play in Henderson County,” noted Natalie Clark, Communication and Program Officer for WNC Bridge Foundation.
The Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization established in 1969 to provide and coordinate services to engage, connect, and support adults in the community as they age. It currently serves meals to nearly 400 homebound clients each week in all parts of Henderson County. In addition, it hosts congregate meals at the Sammy Williams Center, provides liquid nutrition to seniors who cannot get sufficient nutrition from solid food (many of whom are getting cancer treatment), and counsels aging adults and their families on helpful resources to navigate the aging process. COAHC’s vision is, “No One Ages Alone.”
For more information on the Council on Aging, including how to volunteer or contribute, visit coahc.org.