Although it has only been a short time that Marjorie has been volunteering with us, we don’t know what we would do without her help in the kitchen! For about 6 months, Marj has been volunteering three days a week in our kitchen for a few hours at a time, doing a variety of projects. Whatever needs to get done on any given day, Marj is there to help, and we are so thankful for that.
Marjorie is originally from St. Johns, Michigan, but has lived in the Grand Rapids area since high school. She worked in accounts payable for years, starting at Graybar Electric and then for a long while at Meijer. Marjorie and her husband married in 1954 and were married for 62 years before her husband passed recently. He worked for the railroad in his career, and loved it, “it was his passion”, she says. Together they had three children, one daughter and two sons, who all live nearby. Marjorie has three granddaughters and great grandchildren that she gets to see regularly, as well. And it was her son that helped her get connected with Meals on Wheels Western Michigan to become a volunteer, as she was looking for ways to fill her time and give back. Marj also loves to garden and has been getting into puzzles lately too.
Before coming to volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Marjorie already had a connection with the program, years and years ago, her parents received meals in St. Johns, and she remembers her mother being so excited to see what was delivered for lunch each day. Marjorie knows our mission and what it means to seniors and she loves to volunteer because she knows she is doing something that is helping someone else, “you’ve got to realize that other people need help, and its not about money anymore, its about the people,” she says. Marjorie likes to volunteer because it also keeps her active and in good health, she says, and she enjoys meeting and talking to people, “the people here are so nice, and I look forward to coming here each day.” And we look forward to seeing her each day, as well.
We are so thankful for Marjorie’s commitment to our program and so grateful to have her as a part of our team. We appreciate her, and others like her who give so generously of their time to reach homebound seniors in our community. Thank you, Marjorie!