Henrico Citizen Staff Reports 03/29/11
Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound residents along routes in Highland Springs. Deliveries are scheduled weekdays between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. The minimum volunteer commitment is a couple hours at least one weekday per month, though additional shifts are available.
Meals on Wheels collaborates with local agencies, donors and volunteers to meet the needs of many of these homebound seniors and disabled adults in Henrico County and throughout the region. Some are frail with limited incomes. Others are ill or perhaps recovering from surgery, most live alone and many suffer from chronic hunger.
“The cost of food and disabilities keep me from acquiring food that is good for me,” said a local Meals on Wheels client. “This has given me at least one healthy meal a day.”
Another homebound senior wrote, “I don't have to try & prepare food holding on to my walker.”
In Henrico alone, 250 nutritious meals are delivered every weekday from FeedMore’s Community Kitchen to MOW clients. The meals are designed to be wholesome and customized to each client’s specific dietary requirements.
In addition to the meals, volunteers provide caring safety checks and bring smiles to brighten the days of their clients.
“It’s a real pleasure to do something for people in need,” said David Irving, who along with his wife, Ruth, began delivering meals to MOW clients in Highland Springs two months after he retired in 1995. They still volunteer every Wednesday more than 15 years later.
“The time may come when we have to be participants instead of volunteers,” Irving said. “But for now, it’s nice to have something to prove that you can be used in a good way.”
For details about volunteering, visit http://www.mowdelivers.com or call 934-1951.
The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”
The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.
The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.
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