An interview (And an ad)
Newaygo County Commission on Aging is currently seeking a MEALS-ON-WHEELS DRIVER.
You’ve likely seen the ads before. Maybe you’ve even considered combining your personal appreciation for the art of driving with a chance to bring in a little extra cash?
Beyond the usual requirements found at the end of this article we thought perhaps hearing from someone who has experienced being ‘at the wheel’ of the effort to bring both vittles and a visit to some of the senior members of our county community.
We caught up with Kim Mcclernan, one of the drivers for M.O.W. and posed a few questions.
What led you to start working at MOW?
I like to drive and hence the reason for applying at meals on wheels.
Tell us a little about your first days delivering. How did it go, what were the challenges, biggest learning curve, etc.
My first days of training were a bit challenging but I very quickly settled into the routine. You learn your route and the people you service at about 1 week after beginning. The biggest challenge was finding some of these clients. Roads in Fremont often change names at the bend in the road or at stop signs.
What do you enjoy most about the job? What are the rewards?
The rewards are many. You quickly become friends with your clients. Some may only see you for any stretch of time and when they smile or hug you because they are glad to see you that is rewarding. You become part of their family at just 3-5 minutes a day.
In your opinion what skills are important in order to do the job well?
Communicating is very important. Patience and listening to the clients is also Beneficial.
What would you say to someone considering applying to be a driver?
Meals on wheels is rewarding, physical, and has great employees to work with.
We are always in need of drivers. Even to just be a substitute is very helpful since these people need their meals no matter what the weather or how you feel. Join our family to help Newaygo age well.
So...sound like something you might have an interest in?
Here’s the skinny.
Must have a valid Michigan license, possess a good driving record, and pass a drug and criminal background check. Must have knowledge of Newaygo County and be able to follow driving directions. For more information and an application visit online at newaygocountymi.gov under Human Resources “Apply for a Job.” Applications are also available at the Commission on Aging, 93 S. Gibbs, White Cloud, MI 49349.