Meals on Wheels of Jamestown Area Inc. will have some upgraded coolers for the organization's home-delivered meals, thanks in part to the generosity of several employees from Allied Alarm Services in Falconer. The workers volunteered their time to replace the hinges on 20 coolers for the nonprofit agency.
"This is a great way for our employees to help out one of our local not-for-profits," said Michael Roberts, Allied Alarm owner. "This project involved a lot of the skills our workers are used to doing on the job anyway, so it just made sense to take it on. We're thrilled to be able to provide this service for an organization that does so much in this community."
Barrie Yochim, Meals on Wheels executive director, said the new hinges will keep the food cooler during trips throughout the Jamestown area.
Volunteers from Allied Alarm Services help replace hinges on coolers for Meals on Wheels. The effort is part of United Way of Southern Chautauqua County’s 12 Months of Caring, an initiative that connects local companies to volunteer projects.
"Some of these coolers are in the vans for a long period of time while the food inside them is being delivered," Yochim said. "With these new hinges, the coolers will seal better, thus keeping the food cooler, and that will be a big help, especially in the hot summer months."
United Way of Southern Chautauqua County helped organize the volunteer project as part of its, 12 Months of Caring initiative. The year-long effort involves finding volunteer projects with which local companies can help.
"Meals on Wheels continues to serve more and more people every year, due to this area's aging population," said Tory Irgang, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County executive director. "It's vital that this organization has properly functioning equipment to meet the growing demand."
For more information about 12 Months of Caring, or to register your business for a volunteer project, please call United Way of Southern Chautauqua County at 483-1561 or email email@example.com.