A Day in the Life of a #MealsOnWheels Delivery Driver

photo 2At the end of 2013, I joined the Board of Trustees for Wesley Community Services, one of the largest providers of Meals on Wheels and other senior care services in southwest Ohio.

I’ll be doing at least a three-year term on the board, and I’m really excited about the chance to get an inside look at an important organization in town, as well as to help lead it to an even better and brighter future.

With that in mind, I spent part of my Wednesday this week traveling around town on a “ride-a-long” with one of the drivers for WCS. Dave was so nice to allow me the opportunity to tag along and see just what his day is like.

Suffice to say, he does awesome things every day, things that make a difference.

Dave and the rest of the drivers get to WCS’s headquarters on the westside of Cincinnati at about 8AM. For roughly two hours they fill out paperwork and load up for the day, organizing a myriad of hot and cold meals for clients all over Cincinnati, NKY, and greater Dayton.

Dave’s main routes take him through Covington, Newport, Latonia and Wilder. From about 10AM to 1PM, he drives around, dropping off meals to various clients, and he does this five days a week. It might sound like a mundane job, but it isn’t. Dave doesn’t just leave the meals at the front door. He visits with each client, making sure they have what they need, and that nothing is awry. He’s like an old friend to many of these people, or even a family member.

Sometimes, he’s the only person they might see through the whole day.

photo 1Dave loves his job, and it’s obvious. He worked for years as an auto mechanic, and he thought he loved that job. But then he got the job at WCS, and his life changed. He goes home every day knowing he’s made a difference, and that his presence in someone’s life counts.

It’s more than just a job. WCS is more than just a senior services agency. I saw that on Wednesday. And honestly, it empowered me, too. Here’s to a new round of challenges and a lot of personal growth for me. I couldn’t be happier to serve on the board of this organization. It makes a huge impact, and I only hope that as the years go by, WCS can do more.

It’s something our community really needs.


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