Iberdrola USA subsidiary, Central Maine Power (CMP), and Iberdrola USA’s Information Technology (IT) department have been steadfast and enthusiastic supporters of the Meals on Wheels program since January 2001. The team started out delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors five days per week. Over the years, they have had to revert to delivery once per week due to an increased workload. Recently another department from CMP has joined the ranks and deliver once a month.
CMP employees always “step up to the plate,” currently delivering to approximately 28 vulnerable seniors; these deliveries add up to about 84 meals per week, or 4,368 meals per year. The IT Dept also holds annual fundraisers each year and donates some of the proceeds to the MOW program.
The team of volunteers care deeply about the consumers and will let staff know of any concerns they have about a particular consumer. This is a very important aspect of the program, as in many situations, the MOW delivery person may be the only in-person visitor the consumer sees that day.
In 2010, Spectrum Generations nominated CMP for a Governor Volunteer Service Award. We were happy to spread the word about the good things that the company does for our community. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure that these volunteers knew that they were appreciated!
Nutrition Facts and Figures:
Cohen Community Center delivered 270,165 meals to 1,579 homebound consumers during the 2012 to 2013 fiscal year.
The Iberdrola USA team of volunteers includes: Trish Soboleski, Lisa Roberts, Alan Stevens, Teresa Despres, Martha Tait, Jeni and Jim Lewis, Jennifer Morneault, Velma Whittier, Brenda Palmer, Nate Pelletier and Holly Caldwell.
Volunteering is a great way to spend a little time and reap great benefits. Currently, we spend about one and a half to two hours every four to six weeks. The more team members we have, the less often each of us has to deliver a meal – we spread the responsibility. The MOW teams would love to have new members join. If you are an Iberdrola employee, feel free to contact Jennifer Morneault or Velma Whittier if you have any questions and would like to join the crew.
Not an Iberdrola employee? If your company is interested in putting together a volunteer team, call Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Spectrum Generations' Volunteer Coordinator, at 620-1677.