Many of our amazing users are volunteers who under normal circumstances use Cheddar Up to collect payments and information for all sorts of things. As of late, we’ve been watching these same volunteers shift into action mode and create collections to make a difference within their communities. Enter Westlake Meals on Wheels (WMOW) in Westlake, Ohio. This innovative group is partnering with local restaurants to support both their meal recipients and local businesses.
Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough supports the program and feels it can have a positive impact. “Si Senor & Subway are just two of the Westlake businesses that have stepped up to help. I encourage other businesses and volunteers to join us in this great program,” said the Mayor. Westlake School Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin also expressed support. “Including our local businesses is a great idea to not only provide for our senior citizens, but also support our local businesses. This is a creative idea to build a win-win relationship,” said Dr. Goggin.
“Including our local businesses is a great idea to not only provide for our senior citizens, but also support our local businesses. This is a creative idea to build a win-win relationship.”
Westlake School Superintendent
- People in the community wanting to help can “donate” meals from local restaurants (each meal is $5) for WMOW to provide to their recipients.
- When the number of meals reaches 75, the restaurant will provide the meal for WMOW to serve.
This helps both local restaurants and the WMOW recipients and brings the community of Westlake together. WMOW Board Chairman Dr. Carl Rak sees it as a way to meet the challenges of the day. “The first is healthy meals for our recipients. The second is to keep staff and volunteers safe. The third is the development of a WMOW/restaurant partnership to keep both groups viable in these challenging times,” said Dr. Rak.