An opportunity to “Give Back” to your community…
UH Bedford Medical Center
UH Bedford Medical Center’s volunteers are crucial to the success of our community and our hospital. Our volunteers selflessly donate their time to better the patient and their family’s experience. While volunteering is fun and rewarding it’s also a serious commitment. If you’d like to become part of this unique group of people, simply go online to www.uhhospitals.org/ Bedford open the website, click on “about” then “volunteer services.” Fill out the application then call the Volunteer Department at 440.735.4774 to set up an interview. Or simply call the Volunteer Department and we can send you an application.
Southeast Clergy Meals On Wheels
Who Does Meals On Wheels Serve?
Residents within the boundaries of the cities of Bedford, Bedford Hts., Walton Hills and Oakwood, who are temporarily or chronically disabled, chronically ill, handicapped or homebound may qualify. A representative or social worker will visit each applicant to determine that person’s eligibility. Regular Service Meals On Wheels delivers a hot meal from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, except for the federal holidays. Our regular meals are purchased from the Cleveland FoodBank’s Community Kitchen and include a hot entree, vegetables, bread/margarine, milk, fresh or canned fruit or juice. Cost is $3.00 per meal billed monthly to the recipient or their family. Arrangements can be made for special diets: low cholesterol, low salt, renal diets, etc. These meals are purchased from University Hospital – Bedford Medical Center. Cost is $4 per meal. A sandwich can be added for $.87 each. Senior Service Partnerships: For Bedford residents, age 60 and over who qualify, free meals may be provided by Maple Hts. Senior Center and delivered by SE Clergy Meals’ volunteers. This nutritionally balanced meal, following the guidelines of the Western Reserve Department of Aging, has been approved for all seniors, as well as diabetics. For residents of Bedford Hts., Oakwood and Walton Hills, age 60 and over who qualify, free meals may be provided by Golden Age Centers of Cleveland and delivered by SE Clergy Meals volunteers. These meals are identical in content to the meals above. A social worker must evaluate each recipient for inclusion in these programs.
How do you apply for Meals On Wheels?
If you are interested in becoming a recipient of our Meals, you or an interested friend or relative can call Dinah Mouat at 440.439-0302 to apply. Do Our Recipients Enjoy Their Meals On Wheels? You bet they do! Many recipients live alone and are housebound. The daily visit of our volunteers who bring meals can be the highlight of their day. For many persons on our program, Meals On Wheels has made it possible for them to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own homes when they became unable to adequately provide for themselves.
Who Operates Our Program?
There are dedicated volunteers in every aspect of our program. Meals are delivered to the kitchen of South Haven United Church of Christ. Home deliveries are made by carefully routed one or two-person teams. As long as you require a meal, our staff of over 65 volunteers is dedicated to bringing it to you.
How Is Meals On Wheels Funded?
Southeast Clergy’s Meals On Wheels Program is NOT funded by any government agency. Our Program is dependent upon donations from individuals and groups to help subsidize the cost for each client. Clients are requested to make a monthly donation to help cover our costs if they are able.
About Our Volunteers
Our volunteers work as drivers or hoppers for one hour, one day each week . Some volunteers drive AND hop, others are paired for a team. We also maintain a list of volunteers who can step in when a regularly scheduled volunteer is unavailable. Currently our volunteers are assigned to one of eight daily routes. The driver must supply transportation to pick up the meals at South Haven UCC and deliver to each recipient. The hopper delivers the meals at each stop. There are a few requirements to be a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
- Committment – a vow to be reliable, showing up for your assigned route, unless you’ve requested a su
- Compassion – a genuine caring for our recipients
- Trustworthiness – a respect for our most needy clients. Volunteers will also undergo a background check by Bedford Police, paid for by our program.
How do you become a volunteer?
If you’d like to volunteer, please call Dinah Mouat at 440.439.0302. We’ll set you up for a “training run”, pair you with a partner, if need be, and you’ll be off and running. Need more information? If you’d like a representative from Meals On Wheels to speak to your organization, or for any other questions, please call Alma Rhine at 440.232.4986.
Like to Help but can’t volunteer?
Make a Donation. If you’d like to make a tax deductible contribution, you can send your donation
to Southeast Clergy Meals on Wheels, 415 Northfield Road, Bedford, OH 44146, or call Dinah Mouat at 440.439-0302. She can also assist you in making a memorial gift, or a bequest in your will to ensure the continuation of our service. Southeast Clergy Meals On Wheels is a non-profit, volunteer, ecumenical service, sponsored by the Southeast Clergy Council. This service began on March 29, 1976 and is directed by a Board of Representatives from local churches. Our Supervisor of Food Service is Ken Hudak, 440.232.5754. The Meals On Wheels kitchen is in operation from 9:30 am until noon, Monday through Friday. c/o South Haven UCC 415 Northfield Road Bedford, Ohio 440.232.5754