Affinity Plus helps feed Grand Rapids through Meals on Wheels
Friday, June 24, 2016
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (June 24, 2016) - Grand Rapids, Minn., Affinity Plus employees are marking their fourth year of volunteering with Meals on Wheels to help deliver meals to program participants.
Ann Mack, branch manager for Affinity Plus’ Highway 2 branch, said her staff provides 10 to 15 meals each week. She estimates they’ve delivered over 2,000 since 2012.
“Participating in this program is a great way to stay active in our community and provide additional service outside of what we do in our branches,” Mack said. “And volunteering is so fun. It’s been great to get to know the people we deliver meals to, and we all look forward to our visits.”
Mack said a Grand Rapids Meals on Wheels program manager – also an Affinity Plus member – connected with her in 2012 to see if employees might be interested in volunteering.
Outside of meal delivery, Affinity Plus employees also have brought goodies from the branch, and even have made visits to participants on special occasions.
“One Valentine’s Day we purchased small boxes of chocolate and delivered them to our people,” Mack said. “They were so surprised because it wasn’t even on the day we deliver their meals. They were so thankful. You could really feel the connection between these people and our employees.”
“I commend Affinity Plus for allowing their staff to participate in the Meals on Wheels program,” said Jim Rupert, Meals on Wheels manager. “We appreciate their continued partnership and reliability to serve those in our community who are in need.”
MEALS ON WHEELS
According to the national website, Meals on Wheels is “the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country … [volunteers provide] nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.” For more information about volunteering, contact Jim Ruppert at (218) 999-1045.
ABOUT AFFINITY PLUS
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative that puts people first above profits. Members of Affinity Plus receive maximum value through competitive rates, minimal fees, and unique, member-centric products and programs Affinity Plus has 28 branches located throughout the state. With over $1.8 billion in assets and with $3.5 billion in assets under management, Affinity Plus is based in St. Paul and is owned by more than 180,000 members. Additional information is available at www.affinityplus.org or by calling (800) 322-7228.
Photo: Grand Rapids Affinity Plus Member Advisor Tyler Nesset (left), with Marie, a Meals on Wheels participant.