No hyperbole. It would be impossible to fulfill our mission without our corps of 4,000 dedicated volunteers. Each one is special to us. Some, though, stand out for their level of commitment.
The term “volunteer,” for example, doesn’t do Janice Hughes justice. A 3-year veteran, Jan wears many volunteer hats. She delivers Meals on Wheels two to four days a week, helps with administrative work, delivers aniMeals once a month, sits on the aniMeals committee, recruits other volunteers and was instrumental in launching aniMeals’ highly successful Wellness Fairs.
She is also spearheading aniMeals’ partnership with Emancipet, which makes high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners.

“Jan has taken ownership of the partnership between aniMeals on Wheels and Emancipet,” says Heather Mann, Volunteer Coordinator for aniMeals. “Through her efforts, over 20 of our clients’ pets have been either spayed or neutered, received a rabies vaccination and been microchipped.”

Jan says her concern for the welfare of seniors and their pets developed as she cared for her parents who have now passed away, as well as an elderly aunt.
“My mom was always giving back and helping others,” says Jan. “I wanted to follow in her footsteps and to continue her work.”

We’re glad you did, Jan. Thanks to you and all our volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please reach out to us at or 713-533-4981.