Subaru Media Event
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[December 04, 2017]
Saturday, December 2, Santa arrived at the Lincoln Banquet Center in
a 2018 Subaru Outback. The vehicle was a gift donated to Community
Action Partnership of Central Illinois for its Meals on Wheels
program. Santa said he uses a Subaru instead of a sleigh for shorter
CAPCIL's Breann Titus introduced several who work with the program
including CAPCIL's Senior Nutrition Director Becky Leamon, Meals on
Wheels Coordinator Tonita Reifsteck, CAPCIL Executive Director
Alison Rumler-Gomez, and United Way Director Patti Becker.
Titus said CAPCIL has been recognized for its programs and out of
the box thinking.
The Meals on Wheels Program serves 180 clients weekly and the Subaru
will enable CAPCIL's Meals on Wheels program to serve 15 more
clients and over 300 more meals each month. CAPCIL is one of 50
programs out of 200 requests to receive a Subaru Outback from Green
Subaru representative John Franz said during Subaru's Share the Love
Event, people who buy Subaru's can donate $250 of the purchase price
to the charity of the choice. Meals on Wheels is one the charities
benefitting from it.
Leamon said it was such an honor to receive the vehicle and its
impact on the community will be astronomical. The Meals on Wheels
Program also provides wellness checks and socialization for those
they deliver meals to. Drivers let CAPCIL know if someone does not
answer the door or does not seem well. Family members have told them
that has saved a loved one's life.
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Leamon introduced Steven, a long-time client of the program who
said he feels better being checked on by the people working with the Meals on
Becker said United Way is privileged to help out the program and the number of
people helped by it is phenomenal. It helps loved ones be assured their family
members are being taken care of.
Reifsteck said she enjoys working with Meals on Wheels. Seven churches assist
with it and five of the volunteers take time off work to deliver meals once a
month. Several area businesses also help. She said you get more out of it than
you think you are giving.
Titus said volunteers make the agency go round and thanked CAPCIL's governing
board for being there for the agency.