Volunteers power SCES Thanksgiving meal deliveries

More than 90 volunteers converged at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) on Thanksgiving morning to help deliver 375 holiday meals.

SCES delivers a Thanksgiving meal—with turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and pumpkin pie–to local older adults who request one each year.

Thanksgiving is a day off for SCES Meals on Wheels drivers, thanks to the volunteers. The holiday deliveries are the single largest volunteer event at SCES each year, said SCES Volunteer Coordinator Lindsey Smilack.

“This turnout from volunteers is heartwarming and gratifying,” said Smilack. “I hope that the message shines through to our recipients that their neighbors and community appreciate and value them.  I think it also speaks to the increasing public awareness of the challenges of aging and the importance of social interaction.”

“To everyone who helped make this day special – thank you!” she added.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, call 617-628-2601, x3214 or e-mail to vol@eldercare.org.

As has become tradition in recent years, members of the Chi Eta Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority volunteered to deliver holiday meals on Thanksgiving