National Volunteer Week doesn’t start until April 23, 2017, but we thought we’d get an early start recognizing one of the many volunteers who make Meals on Wheels (MOW) possible.

Meet Larry Soward, a MOW volunteer for three years.

After retiring in 2009, Larry moved from Austin to Houston and learned from a friend, who delivered MOW in Baytown, what a valuable and rewarding program it was for volunteers.

“MOW not only gave me something to do,” Larry said, “it gave me the opportunity to give back.”

Larry is passionate that seniors get their meals on time.

“I also like that I am able to form friendships with the clients. Knowing that they depend on me each day makes me feel like I am making a big difference,” he said. “A client told me last week, the best part of my day is when you come.”

The most rewarding part to volunteering for Larry is getting to know our seniors and building relationships with them.

“I also enjoy working alongside MOW staff. Each day I get to see how committed they are to serving the seniors,” he said.

Helping people, he said, has been a lifelong commitment.

“I have always been drawn to help people. It’s a great responsibility to serve others and I feel like with my small acts of kindness I am making a difference in someone else’s life.”