(CNS Local Life): Meals on Wheels is looking for at least 250 volunteers to hit the streets with buckets to collect coins for their “¢hange for Change” fundraising drive later this month. The donations will help support the charity’s work in providing free, hot and nutritious meals to seniors, the housebound and the disabled across Grand Cayman.
Each volunteer will be assigned a spot at 30 pre-approved high-traffic locations to collect coins over 22 and 23 March.
“Meals on Wheels is requesting that all service groups, corporate teams and individuals sign up for two hours on those dates to volunteer their time to assist in collecting coins and donations from the community,” said Erin Bodden, Meals on Wheels general manager, in a press release.
All volunteers will be provided a pre-assigned collection bucket, a T-shirt, instructions and lapel stickers to hand out to those who donate.
The Meals on Wheels programme, which feeds more than 230 seniors five days per week island wide, receives a quarter of its funding from the Cayman Islands Government, with the balance comprising donations, sponsorship and fundraisers such as the annual coin drive.
At the moment, there is an 80-person waiting list for meals in West Bay alone. The charity said it will not be able to serve those people without more funds. It costs $5 a day to provide a meal, which is delivered by one of 100 volunteers.
For the second year, Davenport Development is sponsoring the coin drive, helping to cover costs including T-shirts and lapel stickers.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the coin drive can sign up online at the Meals on Wheels website. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 769-1974