Belinda Morton & Valerie Bundick
Retired teachers love volunteer driving with Caring for Friends
“It’s a rewarding experience, it’s not hard, and gives people a chance to see what helping is about.”
“With so much going on in the world, we just need to be nice to each other.
We’re all humans.”
Retired teachers Belinda Morton and Valerie Bundick were introduced to Caring for Friends through the Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, Inc (Tau Chapter of Philadelphia) in 2020 at a monthly meeting. Service is the purpose of the sorority, as well as providing scholarships to students. So the group adopted CFF as a volunteer project, and the pair (and others) have been delivering meals to homebound friends ever since.
“I like volunteering. With so much going on in the world, we just need to be nice to each other. We’re all humans.”
While some members of the sorority took on clients for a few months, Belinda and Valerie began to deliver all year round to four clients. Each has their own circumstance –one is a senior, two have disabilities – but they all have one thing in common: they need help.
“We delivered through the pandemic with our masks on and hand sanitizer because we know people need food.”
In addition to food, they have developed relationships with the clients, chit-chatting at the door, talking on the phone from time to time, sending holiday greetings, and even helped one secure pet food when she struggled to feed her dog.
While only one client lives near them, they don’t mind the driving since it’s for a good cause.
“It’s a rewarding experience, it’s not hard, and gives people a chance to see what helping is about. I like it – I’ll stick with it for awhile.”
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