Volunteer driver Mark moved from Philadelphia to Albuquerque in 2017 to be near his daughter and grandson. Once settled, he started driving for Meals on Wheels.

Mark says it feels good to know he’s making a difference for the people along his route.

For example, Viola is a gregarious mother of six who is old school and very funny about it. She talks with Mark about his grandson and they compare notes on raising kids.

Dale is a client whose signs of having fallen are clear. These days, Mark knocks and announces himself before entering so Dale doesn’t need to come to the door, reducing his chance of another fall. Dale and Mark talk golf together as Dale was also an avid golfer.

Mark said he would like people to know just how well organized Meals on Wheels is, especially for an organization so large. He believes the value of volunteering is in the human touch. “It’s impossible to explain how rewarding it is,” he said. “You have to experience it for yourself.”

He added, “If someone asks you for something, do your best to give it to them. You don’t know what they’ve been through.”