The mission of Vital Life Foundation charitable partner Meals on Wheels People (MOWP) is to enrich the lives of seniors, and to assist them in maintaining independence by providing nutritious food, human connections, and social support. The impact of COVID-19 on this mission hugely impacted the way the organization served seniors in the greater Portland, Ore., community. As soon as the pandemic shutdowns occurred, MOWP quickly took action and closed all in-person dining spaces, transitioned their meal deliveries to a “no contact” effort, and started a new program. Volunteers made both a “Wellness Check” and “Friendly Chat” phone calls to increasing numbers of homebound seniors. They experienced a 450 percent increase in requests for meal deliveries from seniors who were not leaving their homes to remain safe. In March of 2020, the Vital Life Foundation acted quickly, increasing the number of dollars we donated to support the rapid increase in need, and helping supply meals in a new and safe way. MOWP has done incredible work to serve seniors in need, and that work continues today.
The Vital Life Foundation and Beth Biggs, Vice-President of Operations at Consonus Pharmacy, invite you to show your support to the MOWP effort by joining their upcoming walk and fundraiser, Stride for Seniors, as part of the Vital Life Foundation team. In addition to serving on the VLF board, Beth also sits on the board for MOWP and has been a proud supporter of theirs for many years. The Stride for Seniors event is in its fourth year, and has been reinvented this year so that community members can participate safely. Teams and individual walkers can pick up walk kits and a free breakfast at four drive-through kiosks across the Portland/Vancouver area. Each walk kit will outline 10-15 adventure walk routes, or you can choose to join virtually by walking in an area close to your facility or home. The virtual event day is Saturday, April 24, 2021. Anyone who raises $100 dollars for MOWP will be eligible to pick up a walk t-shirt at one of the drive-through kiosks on the day of the event!
We hope you consider joining the Vital Life Foundation virtual team!
Click Here to Join the VLF Team.