Due to my unfortunate luck last winter, I slipped, fell on some ice, and broke my ankle in two places. For three months I found myself isolated and dependent on others, unable to do the things that I had always done, including driving. With no family nearby, a friend helped me the best that she could, but there came a point when she was not able to drive me to all of my appointments. By way of the internet, I was relieved to find out Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) offers a transportation program to take people to medical appointments for an extremely reasonable cost. From the friendly voices that answer the phones, to the agency drivers who are passionate about their jobs and the volunteers who do this out of the goodness of their hearts, I enjoyed everything about this agency! When I needed help the most, CSC was there.
Fast-forward three months, I was well on my way in my recovery, and I decided I had to give back. That is when I met Joyce.
I was matched with Joyce through CSC’s Friendly Visiting program. She is someone who also has no family in town, and had been feeling isolated herself. Our similarities only grew from there. We are both aspiring novelists, we love to read, we enjoy the same kinds of music and what are the chances, we both have a love of karaoke! Every couple of weeks, we get together and belt out our favorite duets at local karaoke clubs. We also keep in touch weekly over the phone! We love to laugh together, and CSC could not have made a better match!
Joyce has shared with me that this relationship has given her a sense of belonging to her community. She says getting out of the house is not the same as getting out of the house with a friend, and CSC has given that to her.
What happened to me could happen to anyone, and it was such an eye opening and life changing experience. It taught me the small things we take for granted could be gone in an instant. For me, losing my independence was only temporary, but for some, it is permanent.
During this season of giving, I urge you to please consider supporting people like Joyce and myself with a donation to CSC. With your contribution, you will be able to give the gift of a ride, friendship, Meals on Wheels or much, much more to your neighbour.
Make your donation over the phone:
You can make a donation over the phone by having an English speaking person call us at (519) 772-8787 and asking for our Business Office.
You can mail a cheque to us at 61 Woolwich St. N., P.O. Box 29, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0
Charitable Registration Number: 12962-1298-RR0001
There are many other ways you can support Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. Consider/Talk to us about:
Community Support Profile: Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo
In the fall of 1973, passionate volunteers from The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo decided to investigate the needs and opportunities in our community to determine what they could do to make a significant impact. Months of research resulted in the development of a local Meals on Wheels program, where many of these Kiwanians volunteered in their spare time.
More than 40 years later, members of that same Kiwanis Club joined Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on September 21, 2017. There, the generous volunteer-led organization announced they are once again supporting the vulnerable people CSC serves through a significant leadership gift. The investment is already being put to good use, supporting CSC’s transportation program through the purchase of a new vehicle, with a second one on it’s way as part of a three year commitment. The gift also supports CSC’s Community Connectors, ensuring clients can access the services they need in a visible place close to home. With an initial gift of $150,000, The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo is investing a total of $250,000 over the three years.
The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo is dedicated to serving the local community through various service and fundraising projects and we thank them for the generosity and support. Their club has been serving our community since 1921. To learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo or to inquire about becoming a member, please visit their website at www.kwkiwanis.org.