Volunteer Spotlight - Paul and Elaine

In 2003 when Paul and Elaine began as volunteer drivers, they decided to do things a little differently - they started as substitute drivers! They continue to be substitutes 14 years later. Paul, a veteran, (more on that in a minute) says “We love meeting the clients and other volunteers - and as substitutes we always meet new people and hear the most interesting stories.”

Paul and Elaine have been married 60 years. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  Elaine grew up in Reno, Nevada, where she and Paul met at Stead Air Force base.

In honor of Veteran’s Day*, we’re highlighting Paul in particular, who is an outstanding example of a lifetime of service. At 17 he enlisted and served in Japan at General MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo toward the end of WWII. After the war, Paul attended college at the University of Iowa, then went to work for the Army as an industrial engineer developing work methods and standards. During a work-related trip to Japan, Paul had the opportunity to visit the building he had worked in during the war. Amazingly, he was shown General MacArthur’s office, which had been kept as it was during the war - not a thing had changed. 

Paul worked and ultimately retired as a civilian from the Air Force. As you know, Veteran’s Day is to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. We are very thankful for Paul’s military service, and for Paul and Elaine’s long-term service to Meals on Wheels. 

(*This volunteer spotlight was originally published in the November 2017 print edition of The Dish.)

Make A Difference Day 2017

It was a gorgeous fall this year. The leaves held on and we were rewarded with a few weeks of brilliant color. Once the leaves fell, the timing was perfect for United Way’s “Make A Difference Day” and Meals on Wheels clients’ homes where leaves were piling up.  

Meals on Wheels’ Volunteer Coordinator Jarita Webster worked with 35 employees from both Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. as part of Make a Difference Day through the United Way of Larimer County. The volunteers raked and bagged leaves for 40 of our clients in Loveland and Berthoud. 

“This is the third year in a row that I’ve organized our effort to rake leaves for clients of MOW of Loveland and Berthoud. My team has consistently found the activity very rewarding,” said Randy Nettleton, R&D Project Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Jarita added, “Thanks to the City of Loveland’s donation of large leaf bags, along with all the HP and HPE volunteers, we were able to help 40 of our clients get their yards in shape for winter.” 

Volunteer Spotlight - Angie Hartman

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Angie Hartman
Volunteer Driver since 2011
Loveland resident since 2011

Angie and her husband Doug moved to Loveland in 2011. Angie immediately began volunteering with Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud, and has been a Friday volunteer driver ever since.

Angie says, “I have a love for volunteering and spending time with “my” clients. I enjoy keeping them company while delivering a nice hot meal, and taking that opportunity to check in on everyone.” On occasion, Angie has been known to go above and beyond the call of her delivery duties, and on her own time take a client to an appointment or pick up groceries for those that are home-bound.

“I am lucky. I get to hear some great stories - these are the stories of peoples’ lives. I deliver to one man who grew up in Europe. I love to hear him tell stories about what it was like and the traditions his family had,” said Angie.

We’re glad Angie has made a tradition of being a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud.

Thanks Angie!