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South County Senior Center Team Captain Sue Corey, seven-year top fundraising team, recounts elements of success

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Jan 2019 Walkathon Article Call for Teams photoWalkathon Team Captain Sue Corey displays an example of one of the many special fundraising initiatives planned by the South County Senior Center team to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels at LifePath.With LifePath’s Meals on Wheels Walkathon three months away on April 27, I sat down with Sue Corey, South County Senior Center program director and Walkathon team captain to learn about the winning combination of efforts they put forward to be the winningest senior center fundraising team for seven years running.

When Sue started at the South County Senior Center in South Deerfield, only a few elders attended the congregate meal. But Sue helped create a welcoming and engaging environment in which elders could help out, socialize, participate in other activities, and enjoy a meal. Now, their senior center has a bustling meal program and has begun hosting LifePath’s monthly Rainbow Elders meal.

Sue also understood better than ever the need for home-delivered meals. For seven years she has led the effort in the senior center team’s support of Meals on Wheels.

The team’s fundraising efforts have included these components:

  • February cake pop sale
  • March/April calendar raffle
  • Bake sales throughout the year
  • “Tabling” at a local market
  • Traditional pledging and gifts during Walkathon season

Sue appreciates her team’s efforts, that community members contribute to these fundraising endeavors, and that she gets support from good neighbors, the Polish Club, and the Hotel Warren in South Deerfield.

When asked why she participates in year-round Meals on Wheels fundraising, Sue replies, “For everything they’ve done over the years, it’s one way to show elders respect.” She continues, “Every senior is deserving. That’s why I do this.”

Join Sue Corey in choosing your own way to support the Meals on Wheels program and participate in the April Walkathon.

Traditional pledge forms for team members or individuals will be available online by the end of January, or you may request them.

Northfield Mount Hermon 2019 Benefit Concert for Meals on Wheels

One “already-planned” way you can support Meals on Wheels locally is to attend the Northfield Mount Hermon benefit concert on Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m. Donations for LifePath’s Meals on Wheels program will be accepted at the door. Tell your friends!

As always, feel free to contact me for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-555 x2225, or 978-544-2259 x2225.