Since the start of this whole coronavirus situation, I have been volunteering at Spectrum Generation’s Cohen Center, helping to pack Meals On Wheels. I HAD to do something positive at the start of the pandemic, and this was important to me, close to me, and I was doing it with a friend.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference volunteering for Spectrum Generations is a good choice.

There were a few things that happened at that time. Many of the volunteers who would pack Meals On Wheels were a bit older and were being cautious about going out…they needed more volunteers. The Cohen Center had to shut down the dining room. Shortly after that, additional federal funding came in to take everyone on the waiting list for Meals On Wheels and get them on the deliver list. That doubled the Meals On Wheels delivery list...they needed more volunteers to keep up with the extra meals necessary to fill that weekly list.

I give you the background on all of this to see how excited I am to see one more thing getting back to normal….the dining room at the Cohen Center will be reopening the dining room two days a week. It is not back to 100% normal, but it is a step.

Starting this week, the Cohen Center and the Muskie Center will be open two days a week. 

 Congregate lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays at our Muskie Community Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Cohen Community Center

The lunch will run from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and reservations will be required to prevent exceeding the building limit.  

The staff and volunteers are using the CDC guidelines for restaurants, so there will be plenty of cleaning and daily screenings, physical distancing, and masks. 

So to the Cohen Center and the Muskie Center, I say ‘YAY’ on this baby step back to normal.  

But none of this happens with just their staff; volunteers are always needed. In so many different areas of this process, in the dining rooms or with the whole Meals On Wheels process…volunteers are needed. Maybe you can only do a day or two a month; perhaps you are a backup, maybe you volunteer every day…let them know you want to help.  

The whole experience for me has been fantastic, and the people are great. 

I would encourage you to volunteer with Spectrum Generation. I am delighted I did. I also encourage you to volunteer in any way that speaks to your soul it will make a difference.  

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