Volunteer Inspires Annual Fundraiser

When a Meals on Wheels volunteer stops by, a familiar face is there to be uplifting, share simple conversation, listen, and – quite simply – be a friend.

Over the past several years Meals on Wheels volunteer Nathan Queer has done just that. Along the way he also gained an understanding of how important a meal and a friendly visit are to a homebound senior who may not see anyone else that day.

Inspired to do even more for his senior friends, last year Nathan asked parents Rick and Debbie Queer of Westfield Charters to donate a fishing charter to the program.  Thus began what is turning into an annual fundraiser for Meals on Wheels – a Father’s Day Fishing Raffle. Proceeds from the raffle help offset the cost of meals for low income seniors who might otherwise go without.

Good catch! Left to right: Lance Parker, PJ Hall, Jandji Barone, raffle winner Kathie Parker, Greg Barone, and Meals on Wheels volunteer Nathan Queer. Missing from the photo is Rob Moon.

Despite a questionable weather forecast, raffle winner Kathie Parker bravely headed out with family and friends for a fun day of angling. The fish were plentiful, and equipped with bait, fishing gear and ice (all provided by Westfield Charters), the group was able to catch eleven before Mother Nature and the choppy waters of Lake Erie cut the full-day charter short.

“We had a really great time,” said Lance Parker. “Captain Rick made the most of a difficult weather day for us.”

Westfield Charters is an insured, full service fishing charter available for full or half day trips on Eastern Lake Erie. Groups of 1-6 anglers enjoy a safe and memorable experience as they fish for (and catch!) trophy Walleye, Lake Trout, Perch and Steelhead.

“We are honored to be able to support Meals on Wheels in this way,” said Debbie Queer, herself a volunteer. “The caring spirit of Meals on Wheels gives a refreshing sense of community, in a world where we are often too busy to stop and check in on a neighbor.”

“Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels deeply appreciates and thanks Westfield Charters for their amazing generosity,” said Debra Pacos, Executive Director.  “We want to especially thank Nathan for his unwavering commitment to assisting area seniors.”

A proud United Way Community Partner, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels also receives support for its programs and operations from the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, RSVP, area foundations, businesses, service organizations, churches and individual donors.

“If you are seeking opportunities to get more involved in your community, we would love to hear from you,” Pacos emphasized.  “Volunteering for Meals on Wheels is a wonderful way to make friends, be inspired, and take care of an older generation that needs your support.”

For information on volunteering or its home-delivered meal program, please contact Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels at 716-366-8822.