United Way for Greater Austin employees spend countless hours each and every day promoting our vision and mission – we inspire philanthropy within our community in order to break down barriers to economic opportunity and ensure that Greater Austin continues to thrive.
We collaborate with community partners to ensure that every child is kindergarten-ready, tirelessly work to prepare students for success in high school, empower working-poor families and individuals with the knowledge and tools to become financially stable, and provide simple, one-call access to nonprofit and governmental resources for Central Texas.
In addition to their dedication within the walls of our office, many of our staff members also use personal time each week to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. This passionate team of volunteers loads up food prepared by Meals on Wheels and delivers it to the doors of some of Austin’s most vulnerable citizens every Wednesday. Over the past four years, we have volunteered more than 330 hours and delivered more than 700 meals!
Rain or shine, our group never deviates from the weekly route, knowing that a handful of people depend on our dedication to meet their food needs. Our staff members have developed connections with the beneficiaries of this service, engaging in quick chats each week while delivering meals to these thankful recipients.
“I volunteer for Meals on Wheels and More because I know that when I knock on the door and announce, ‘Meals on Wheels’, I instantly brighten someone’s day,” said Vanessa Hartman, director of systems and integration.
In addition to learning more about the individuals and areas UWATX serves, our staff also gets the chance to learn more about each other. Meals on Wheels allows co-workers to engage in philanthropy and develop friendships.
“I volunteered with Meals On Wheels for the first time almost 20 years ago through United Way’s Day of Caring. I enjoyed the direct connection to clients when delivering meals. Now, I volunteer with other co-workers and it has given me an opportunity to meet other staff who I haven’t gotten to know in the past,” said Nikki Krueger, director of volunteer engagement.
We recently celebrated the members of our staff who volunteer with Meals on Wheels by turning the tables and serving them lunch! It was wonderful to see representatives from each department enjoying each others’ company as much as they enjoy collaborating to serve home-bound individuals delicious meals.