I am always curious to find out what will be said in acceptance speeches and I certainly wasn’t disappointed while watching the 2018 Oscar Ceremonies. In the short-time they are given, people tried so hard to include and thank as many folks as they could.  

When Frances McDormand won, her thoughtful and carefully chosen words, brought a lump to my throat. “If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me. The filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the songwriters, the designers, come on … look around, look around”. These women who she wanted to show case were only a segment of those she gratefully acknowledged.

Her recognition did not shy away from the breadth of what others do to bring a project full circle. No one stands alone and carries the whole weight of anything - ever. Her selflessness was like a ray of sun on your face. Success is not a solitary thing and how can it be when you don’t work alone? One only needs to watch the credits, which take such a long time to roll through at the end of the film, to know that every person who added to the smoothness of the production, was named.

With this in mind, let’s look at happened yesterday at Meals on Wheels London:

  • It took eleven office staff, four depot staff, one breakfast program staff, one staff van driver and an amazing forty-eight volunteers to make this day successful.
  • 181 meals went out chilled or heated, packaged by depot staff and delivered by 24 volunteers.
  • Twenty-four rides to wellness appointments were provided by twenty volunteers and one staff van driver.
  • Frozen meals were received and unpacked by two staff and two volunteers, representing meals for another 118 clients.
  • Fifty-three breakfast bags were assembled by one breakfast program staff and one volunteer
  • As we celebrate March for Meals, two staff look community member Shawn Lewis on a short meal route to meet some clients and check out our meal program.

BEST VOLUNTEER: We certainly do not work alone or in isolation. We continue to be humbled by all the ways we are supported by the London community. Our own stalwart volunteers provide unwavering support, belief in our mission and do keep people well and independent at home. They are the selfless ones who put such a pleasing face on what we do. It’s amazing to have hundreds of people in the “Best Volunteer” category. Happily, the sun shines brightly on them. Laura