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Celebrating March for Meals 

During the month of March, CSC is joining hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across North America to celebrate March for Meals, a month-long annual event where we come together to increase awareness and community engagement for the Meals on Wheels program! We will be actively recruiting volunteers to join our team, and encouraging local dignitaries to deliver meals alongside our caring volunteers. 

We will be hosting our annual Mayors for Meals event on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, and Regional Chair Ken Seiling will be delivering meals out of our Breslau office to clients in Kitchener and Waterloo. In place of Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, Councillor and Acting Mayor Frank Monteiro will be delivering out of our Cambridge depot located at YMCA Immigrant and Employment Services to clients in Cambridge. On Thursday, March 16, we are pleased to welcome North Dumfries Mayor Sue Foxton, who will be joining a volunteer to deliver in that area. Other dignitaries will be joining us throughout the month to get a glimpse into what our volunteers do for our clients every day.

To help spread the word about CSC, follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we will be providing updates throughout the month! To apply to become a member of our amazing volunteer team, please click here. If you would like to make a contribution, please click here. Have you or someone you know been impacted by the Meals on Wheels program? We'd love to hear from you! To share your story call Karla at 519-772-8787 or email karlal@cscmow.org.

Patricia's Furry Friend Receives Meals Too!

Patricia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 42 years old, ending a career as an international banker in Toronto. This was devastating news and yet she found the strength to press forward. Last year, 72-year-old Patricia experienced a debilitating health episode that left her paralyzed on the floor for hours in her Cambridge home with her miniature poodle, Cody, by her side. When she finally received help, she was taken to hospital and stayed there for a month. Patricia's brother encouraged her to sign up for Meals on Wheels to ensure she received the nutrition she needed to stay healthy. 

"I love the homemade meals and I love the volunteers. I wish there was a Meals on Wheels store where I could buy the food. They have delicious desserts too!" said Patricia.

She's not the only one who loves getting meals and a volunteer visit. Cody is a recipient of Animeals, thanks to a partnership between Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) and the local humane societies. Animeals generously provides pet food for eligible Meals on Wheels clients and other individuals in the community. 

"Cody is my family and I'm his mom. I was so excited to learn about Animeals and I'm so thankful for this program. I don't know what I'd do without him," she said.

Though health issues continue to be a presence in her life, Patricia now wears a medical alert device and has peace of mind knowing a Meals on Wheels volunteer is going to visit each weekday. Because of Meals on Wheels volunteers and other community supports, Patricia is able to enjoy the comforts of home in a community she loves, with her best friend by her side. 
Meals on Wheels depends on volunteers donating their lunch hour to deliver hot, nutritious meals to clients who need them. To apply, please visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/ or for more information please call our office at 519-772-8787.

Helping Others for Years to Come   

As we approach the peak of tax season, many people review their financial plans and consider how they can support their favourite causes beyond their own lifetime. This past year, CSC received generous gifts in wills allowing donors to continue supporting the programs they love long after they are gone.

Leaving a legacy to CSC could be used to subsidize meals or transportation, ensure others get homemaking services or snow removal, or contribute to CSC’s services in perpetuity. If you are interested in learning more about the many ways you can leave a legacy with CSC, we encourage you to speak to your financial advisor to review your options, call our office at 519-772-8787 or visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/donate/legacy/.

Feature Volunteer Opportunity: Deliver More Than a Meal

Meals on Wheels truly is "more than a meal". While receiving a hot, nutritious meal is invaluable for keeping our clients healthy and independent in their own homes, the program depends on an army of dedicated volunteers who not only deliver meals, but also offer a friendly visit and a safety check for some of our most vulnerable neighbours. This is a great volunteer opportunity for a stay-at-home parent, a seasonal/shift worker, or for those recently unemployed or retired to give back and stay connected with the community. Local businesses can help by Adopting a Route, where staff take turns delivering a route once a week.

Meals on Wheels Drivers/Runners pick up pre-packed meals and deliver them between 11am-1pm. They can sign up once a week or on an occasional basis, Monday to Friday. The time commitment is reasonable with one meal delivery route taking between 45 minutes to just over an hour. If you don’t own a vehicle, you can still help by becoming a Meals on Wheels Runner where you are matched with a driver and carry the meals to each doorstep. Mileage reimbursement is available and a police check and a valid driver's license are required. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our volunteer team, please call 519-772-8787 or visit our website at http://communitysupportconnections.org/volunteer/.

Mark Your Calendars! CSC Events 2017

The 13th Annual Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 at Rebel Creek Golf Club
     - Drive to Deliver on Facebook
     - Follow us on Twitter @DrivetoDeliver
     - Visit our new website at www.drivetodeliver.ca 

Spots are filling up fast. Click here to register online!

Waterloo Region Tacofest
Friday, June 16th, 2017 
*new location to be announced in March
     - Tacofest on Facebook
     - Follow us on Twitter @TacofestWR
     - Visit our website at www.tacofest.ca

The Mayor's Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at Cambridge City Hall 
     - Visit our website at https://soupersampler.wordpress.com/

For more information about our annual fundraising events and our many sponsorship offerings, please call 519-772-8787 and ask for Andrea or email andream@cscmow.org

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61 Woolwich Street N
PO Box 29
Breslau, ON
N0B 1M0

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