- Written by Lisa Middents, Development Manager
- Published: 10 January 2018
After 25 years in a row doing anything, it’s never a bad idea to take a step back and ask some questions, such as: “Should we keep doing this?” and, if so, “Should we make any changes?”
Last year marked the 25th annual Meals on Wheels Walkathon: the biggest way our community comes together in one place to make sure elders are not alone, forgotten, or hungry. Walkers gathered at Greenfield Community College on the last Saturday in April and helped raise over $105,000 for Meals on Wheels. Although the Walkathon was a success, challenging times ahead for public funding means we had to take time this past summer to take a good look at how we raise money for Meals on Wheels and make sure we were being as effective as possible.
We took a poll, and here are some of the comments we got:
My family (especially my kids) loves attending the Walk-a-thon. Would be sad if the Walk went away!
It is a great community get-together and something we look forward to every year.
Here is the comment, from Maureen Gamlin, a nurse in the Adult Family Care Program at LifePath, that gave us the “Aha!” moment: Do we have a thank you for the drivers? An indoor gathering for fundraisers, introduce them, give recognition.
We needed to find ways to streamline the event. What if we…
- hold the Walkathon at LifePath’s new location at the Greenfield Corporate Center
- keep the focus on the amazing work of the volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers
- enjoy a light breakfast together before walking around the grounds of LifePath’s Greenfield home base at 101 Munson Street