Making ACCA Proud in the Community

Annette Barfield recieves award from Tammy Gilland, Vice President of the Athens Regional Foundation. Photo courtesy Athens-Banner Herald.

Annette Barfield receives award from Tammy Gilland, Vice President of the Athens Regional Foundation. Photo courtesy Athens-Banner Herald.

Athens Regional Foundation recently announced the winners of the 26th J.W. Fanning Humanitarian Award and the Shelby Lacy Award.  The J.W. Fanning Award recognizes individuals who have “high personal values in their own life, while making significant contributions to Athens Regional through their time, interest and commitment to the medical center and the community it serves.”  The Shelby Lacy Award recognizes an Athens Regional Health System employee who has made selfless and significant contributions of time and talent to the community in which he or she lives and works.

The Athens Regional Foundation and the 1919 recently presented the awards at the annual Pillar Society recpetion.  Annette Barfield, ACCA Board of Directors member and former Ms. Senior Athens, was recently chosen for the 2015 J.W. Fanning Humanitarian of the year award. She has volunteered with ACCA but also many other organizations in Athens including the Athens Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Katie Calkin receives award from Shelby Lacy. Photo courtesy Athens-Banner Herald.

Katie Calkin won the Shelby Lacy award.  Shelby Lacy is a long-time volunteer with ACCA and continues to monitor ACCA participants blood pressure by routine checks.  Shelby also served for many year’s on the ACCA Board of Directors.

“ACCA is honored to have Shelby and Annette volunteer and serve in the leadership of ACCA.  They are two very dynamic and valuable members to ACCA but also the community as a whole.  I am so honored to work with them on such a regular basis and to learn from them,” state Jennie Deese the CEO of Athens Community Council on Aging.

Congratulations Annette and Katie on your awards and Shelby for having such a prestigious award named after you and awarded each year.

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Delivering More Than Just a Meal – Isabelle

Isabelle lighting up the room.

Isabel has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels since 2008.  Isabel volunteers every Friday afternoon.  She  and her companion, Jackie, light up the entire Meals on Wheels lobby as soon as they en up the room as soon as she enters.  Isabel really enjoys visiting with the Meals on Wheels participants and leaves an imprint on everyone who she comes in contact with.

Isabel and Jackie, on behalf of Meals on Wheels staff and client, thank you!!!You are delivering more than just a meal.

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We Got Alaska and California! Sign Up Today!!

ACCA is excited to introduce it’s first ever VIRTUAL race this year for the March for Meals 5K and 12K.  This project will help demonstrate the impact that Meals on Wheels has on our local area, state, and nation.  It is hard to believe that the United States has 9 million older adults facing the threat of being hungry.  The March for Meals 5K and 12K represents the meals ACCA puts out 5 days a week, 12 months a year but we are taking it to another level this year by trying to get someone in every state to run our Virtual race to bring awareness that Meals on Wheels serves people in every state of the US.

How can you help?

Sign Up: Virtual race packets (including bib, t-shirt, and/or medal) will begin to be mailed out on 3/2/2015. Virtual racers signing up after 3/17/2015 will receive packets (t-shirt, bib and/or finisher medal) within 1 week of registration. T-shirts not guaranteed after 3/17/2015 registration.  Virtual racers can run anytime, anywhere. That’s the perk to the virtual race. Sign up and run at your convenience. For the actual race on March 28, 2015, the start and finish will be at the Athens Community Council on Aging, 135 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601. Don’t forget to “Show Us Your Finish Line.”

Share:  If you see a white state, then we need someone to run in it. If you have friends or family in Alaska or Hawaii, we are especially talking to you.  Just kidding but for real, we want to have this map filled up by March 28 to bring awareness to Meals on Wheels.

Show Us Your Finish Line: Please share your virtual race pictures with us with the hashtag #m4m2015 #MFMmoment #myfinishline

For more information, to sign up, or just to browse our event, CLICK HERE!

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Delivering More Than Just a Meal – Kelly Allen

Kelly getting ready to go out on her route this week.

It has already been a little over a year since Kelly Allen began volunteering with Meals on Wheels.  She drives Route 14 every Monday and Wednesday.  In that short time, Kelly has become a part of her client’s lives.  One client recently stated, “Kelly is sweet and thoughtful.”  Kelly doesn’t just deliver the meals, she spends extra time talking with her clients and being their friend.  Kelly is not just a friend to the people who she delivers meals to, Kelly stated soon after she began the route, “I now feel like I have a purpose in life.”  Kelly, on behalf of Meals on Wheels staff and clients, Thank you!!! You are delivering more than just a meal.

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