Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union (JDCU) announced volunteer Arlene Hutchinson and Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County the winners of of the first International Day of Charity campaign. A $250 donation in Hutchinson’s name has been made to Meals on Wheels, and Hutchinson also received $250.
International Day of Charity commemorates the anniversary of the passing of Mother Teresa. To celebrate, JDCU wanted to recognize a special volunteer. Local nonprofits nominated one volunteer from their organization to be recognized.
Since her tenure began in 2018, Hutchinson has given almost 400 hours of volunteer service, delivered countless meals, and put a smile on the face of every senior. When she first learned about Meals on Wheels, she recognized the impact that it had on her community, and she wanted to be a part of it.
“I discovered early on that I really like helping seniors, and even in the short period of time we are with them, it means so much,” said Hutchinson. She also acknowledged that family connections and stories are part of the volunteer job. “When you do this work, you get to know the people, their families, and even their pets sometimes, and they look forward to seeing you. It’s a wonderful feeling to see someone smile, and to know that you are helping them.”
Meals on Wheels of Hillsborough County has been servicing the community for over 40 years. They deliver meals to individuals in the community who are not able to purchase or prepare their own. They depend on more than 200 volunteers annually to help serve and transport meals. Volunteers deliver more than meals, they also do wellness checks and provide comfort for their participants.