Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa CEO Calvin Moore anticipates the nonprofit will deliver more than 1 million meals to senior citizens in 2021, nearly five times its reach in 2019.
On overhauling MOW’s operations: COVID-19 has presented so many different challenges, and we’ve had to rethink the way we do just about everything.
I talked to a volunteer today who is 83 years old and has been volunteering for 25 years. Well, we can’t send her out to make deliveries because she’s in an at-risk population, as well. But we still need to deliver on our mission, so (our) 10 campus drivers do that.
We brought on additional case managers — we call them “care navigators” — onto our team to make sure we’re helping those seniors also access additional resources to stay healthy and safe and independent in their own homes. We don’t want them to wind up in an advanced care or assisted living facility situation.
Our regular volunteers are still active. They’re making calls every day to make sure that even though we’re living in a time where we have to physically distance ourselves … they are making those calls saying, “Hey, I’m here for you. Here’s my number. I love you. Call me if you need me. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.” Those are life-saving phone calls.
Read more about MOW’s work during the pandemic and how to help meet its unprecedented here.