Montco SAAC Seeking Donations To Keep Meal Program Well Fed
When the Senior Adult Activities Center of Montgomery County was closed by Gov. Tom Wolf as a result of his declaration that schools, gyms and community centers would be shut for the month of March due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was determined that although our senior centers based in Ambler and Norristown were going to close during the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels programs, which are deemed an essential service, would remain operational.
After a call for volunteers made by local community leaders resulted in 150 new helpers, our volunteer base is now strong. But we’re still in need of funds to ensure services continue, especially after facing the setback of a broken boiler at the Norristown center in February.
Our organization has been adapting to continue to serve Montgomery County’s most vulnerable populations during the outbreak of COVID-19 through the following actions:
- Enrolling isolated seniors on an emergency basis to make sure they have the basics and can stay safe;
- Offering drive-thru frozen meals to seniors who rely on hot meals at the centers to bridge the gap;
- Reaching out individually via phone and email from staff members;
- Continuing to pay staff during this closure even if they are immunocompromised and must stay home. The organization’s budget will continue to absorb the cost of paying staff despite the reduction in services.
We are seeking monetary donations from anyone able to help. Donations can be made at www.montcosaac.com/donate.htm, or sent to Montco SAAC at 536 George St, Norristown PA 19401. To learn more about our centers, intergenerational art center, or the Meals on Wheels program, call 610-275-1960 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.