UNION — Five days a week the volunteers of Meals on Wheels go to Union Medical Center to pick up the meals they take to senior citizens in Union and Buffalo, but on Tuesday they picked up something that will help them continue providing those meals.
A $500 donation from the Union Community Foundation.
Located at 207 S. Herndon St., Union, the Union Community Foundation is, according to its mission statement, “a local, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the development of a community tradition of philanthropy by assisting individuals, families, corporations, businesses, and charitable organizations to establish funds in support of the organizations and entities that will provide for the material, moral, intellectual, and physical improvement, assistance, relief, and well-being of the citizens of Union County, South Carolina.”
On Tuesday, the UCF provided that assistance in the form of a check for $500 presented by UCF board members and Treasurer Buddy Smith to Meals on Wheels Chairman Lynn Mornane.
The presentation took place at the side entrance to Union Medical Center where Meals on Wheels volunteers pick up the meals they deliver to the group’s elderly clients in Union and Buffalo. The meals, which the group pays for, are prepared by Nancy Smith of the Medical Center’s Food Services Department who has them ready and waiting for the volunteers when they arrive to pick them up.
Mornane welcomed the donation, and said that all of it would be used to help pay for the meals the group delivers.
“This will go immediately towards meals,” Mornane said. “Every donation we get goes toward meals because we are all volunteers.”
Mornane said that approximately 50 volunteers deliver meals Monday-Friday to approximately 70 senior citizens in Union and Buffalo.
Persons who want to make a donation to Meals on Wheels and/or volunteer can call 864-427-7974.
In presenting the check to Mornane, UCF Treasurer Buddy Smith cited the service the organization provides local senior citizens and the contribution it makes to the community.
“Meals on Wheels is one of the premiere service organizations to our senior citizens who need nourishment on a daily basis,” Smith said. “It’s a great volunteer organization that consistently serves our community.”
According to its mission statement, anyone may use the foundation “to give something back to the community.” Assets donated to the foundation “create one of several types of funds to support your charitable goals. We offer you a full menu of planned giving options to tailor your gift.”
It further states that:
“You can create a fund in honor of someone you love or to celebrate a special event. You can direct your gift broadly or narrowly to issues you care about or to wherever the needs are greatest. However you give, your gift can change lives — today and in the future.
“We use professionals to invest and manage our assets. Our board is made up of local citizens who know the community and our staff can help you create the gift that makes the difference you want.
“We offer you power and flexibility in giving without the paperwork, time and expenses associated with running your private foundation. We can help you set up a fund that will maximize both your tax advantages and your impact in the community — now and forever.”
Persons interested in establishing a fund through the Union Community Foundation should call 864-391-1098.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.