Waldo County Program Thrives on Volunteer Connections 

Allen Yeaton has been volunteering for a decade.

“I do the Brooks route.”

Twice a week, he picks up food to be delivered to seniors and disabled members of the Waldo County community.

Spectrum Generations is the area’s agency on aging.

They’ve been committed to providing nutritional food to those in need through their Meals on Wheels program for years now.

“We have a group of about a dozen drivers at a time and we only have about five staff members here. ┬áThere’s no question that without our volunteers within Meals on Wheels, we wouldn’t be able to do the Meals on Wheels program,” said Allison Wood, Nutrition and Volunteer Coordinator.

They say driving door to door to get five meals a week to homebound residents isn’t just about the nourishment.

They say it’s about connections, too.

“Rewarding, that you know you’re out there helping people that needs help. That’s why we go there. They have health issues, they qualify for these services,” said Yeaton.

They say in many cases, the volunteers are the only personal contact the recipients have throughout the week.

“I asked somebody how does this impact your life. He said, ‘It helps keep me alive,” said Yeaton.

“It helps me on the grocery bill and they always have good food. I’m real happy with the program,” said Fenalyn Jameson, a recipient.

“It is outstanding. The meals, as I say, they’re so nutritious and tasty. Very, very tasty,” said Gladys Kennedy, a recipient.

Yeaton says he’s built many friendships and he’ll keep making the rounds for as long as he can.

“It makes you feel good at the end of the day that you made a difference in somebody’s life.”