MSSU baseball players drive for Meals on Wheels

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Some Missouri Southern baseball players are putting their talents to use – but it’s not on the Diamond.

Some MSSU athletes are kicking off the semester volunteering to spend some time behind the wheel. They’ll be driving for Meals on Wheels, filling a critical need for help.

“Getting ready to deliver some meals,” says Alex Phillips, MSSU volunteer.

And now Alex Phillips and four of his teammates are making that connection through the Joplin Senior Center. Once a week they’ll load up lunch in coolers, then hit the road.

“Just do our part in the community – and show Joplin that we appreciate everything they do for us. And give back when we can,” says Phillips.

It’s part of an effort to see all members of the Missouri Southern baseball team volunteer at least ten hours a semester. And this commitment now to deliver Meals on Wheels is a big boost for the program, providing reliable weekly manpower.

“The best type of volunteering would be able to commit to one day a week – maybe Tuesday/Thursday, Monday/Wednesday/Friday -you know consistently volunteer. Because if you volunteer once, then it still leaves that need open next week,” says Allison Riddle with the Area Agency on Aging.

This Wednesday, there are 11 routes to cover and nearly 180 hot meals to distribute. It’s a need that doesn’t go away on Thursday or Friday or next Monday.

“We’re constantly needing volunteers at all of our senior centers; they’re the life blood of the Meals on Wheels program. If we don’t have volunteers, enough volunteers for the need, then we end up going on waiting lists,” says Riddle.

The Meals on Wheels project is just the latest volunteering opportunity – which in the past has ranged from picking up roadside trash to serving as a little league umpire. We’ve also got more on how to volunteer with Meals on Wheels through a link we’ve provided here.

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