A volunteer paint crew from Park Place Painting, along with four volunteers from Meals on Wheels, spent four hours at the senior center Oct. 22 refurbishing the Ben Lomond gathering place.
“We received local donations from the community of Scotts Valley and Ben Lomond,” said Daniel Fried, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels. “It was really cool to see how willing everyone was to give back to their community and get involved with something nice.”
The senior center is one of the five places where Meals on Wheels serves lunch in Santa Cruz County every weekday. The organization also delivers meals to people’s homes during the week.
On average, the group feeds 600 people each day — 200 at the five dining centers and 400 through home delivery. Much of the work is done by volunteers.
To help with the work at Highlands Park Senior Center, folks from New Leaf Market, Coffee 9, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Scarborough Lumber, Kelly-Moore Paints and Park Place Painting all donated materials and services.
Fried said Meals on Wheels has worked through the loss of funding over the past several years to continue to provide low-cost meals to seniors and those who are disabled.
Fried said he could use more volunteers to help with delivering meals, serving in dining halls, graphic design work and event coordination.
For information: Daniel Fried, 464-3180, ext. 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.