ROCKLAND — The Kiwanis Club of Rockland will host a festive event to benefit the Knox County Meals-On-Wheels program, which is managed by MCH (formally known as the Methodist Conference Home), on August 20, at Trackside Station Restaurant in Rockland, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The event, which is expected to draw approximately 200 supporters, will include entertainment, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Attendees will also be able to see the Kiwanis Club’s Annual Grand Raffle prize of a 2012 Toyota Corolla.
Knox County Meals-On-Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals to the doorstep of older adults and disabled individuals enabling them to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteer drivers provide daily contact for many seniors who otherwise would be cut off from the community.
Approximately 100 meals are delivered five days a week throughout Knox County, and the Kiwanis Club has been a long-time supporter, according to club President Janet Page of Owls Head, referring to Meals-On-Wheels as “one of our Kiwanis Club’s heritage projects.”
Page praised the local service club’s Meals-On-Wheels committee chair, Russ Cloutier of Warren, and said her members volunteer to deliver meals every Tuesday, 52 weeks a year. Page added that some Kiwanians sign up to volunteer at least once a month, and new Kiwanis members are encouraged to become involved soon after joining the club.
Page said that Kiwanis chose Meals-On-Wheels as the beneficiary of the fundraiser, because the club wanted to do a transportation-related event that would help promote the club’s Grand Raffle prize, a brand new Toyota, during the final two weeks of the licensed raffle, which ends on August 31.
On that date, one of a maximum of 400 tickets will be drawn for the car. Grand Raffle tickets will be available during the event for a donation to Kiwanis of $100.
MCH operates Meals-On-Wheels, a federal program, through a subcontract with Spectrum Generations, the local Area Agency on Aging, and relies on volunteer groups like Kiwanis, as well as individual volunteers.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. With an emphasis on children, the local branch of Kiwanis is a group of nearly 60 women and men who work or live in the midcoast and who meet weekly to develop ideas to help their Maine and international neighbors.
For more information, visit mchinc.org/meals.html, or www.rocklandkiwanis.com.