The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of our lives in profound ways, including families and teenagers. Youth and their parents have adapted to a challenging, “new normal” often including difficult changes such as virtual learning and reduced social connectedness.
In a time of so much isolation, many families have decided to try something new and volunteer with one another, serving their community while growing closer. Volunteering has been shown to have many positive benefits including increased happiness, feelings of togetherness, and heightened self-esteem- especially in teenagers.
In October 2019, Libbie attended the volunteer orientation with MOWCM. The Grocery Assistance Program (GAP) immediately piqued her interest. GAP, now in its 21st year of operation, provides support to homebound individuals who cannot shop for themselves.
The holiday season at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) is abuzz with activity and excitement as we work to make the season special in this most challenging of years. From Thanksgiving turkey meals and apple pie to Santa-shaped cookies, the kitchen has been whipping up some special treats to delight clients in their weekly meal boxes. Staff and volunteers show up every day to cook, prepare, and pack meals, spreading the holiday spirit along the way.
Beginning this summer, teenagers throughout Maryland have been giving back to their local homebound neighbors by volunteering at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM). Our engaging and innovative teen programs included summer and fall sessions of the Teen Ambassador Program or “TAP” in which participants attended virtual learning seminars on nonprofit-related topics in addition to packing thousands of meals at our Haven Street office.