Meals on Wheels volunteer nominated for national award

Voting available until Aug.  13

In Macomb County, more than 1,500 frail, homebound seniors receive a warm and nutritious meal each weekday from Meals on Wheels. An army of 1,200 volunteers deliver the meals in every community in the county. Emma Otto is a member of that army.

Meals on Wheels blogEmma is 85 years old and delivers meals twice a month in the neighborhood where she grew up and still resides. She often fills in as a substitute driver at the last minute so her neighbors do not go hungry. She has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Macomb County for the last 7 years, earning a Community Champion Award earlier this year from Macomb County’s Office of Senior Services.

This time though, Emma’s efforts are being recognized on a national level. She has been nominated for the Meals on Wheels Association of America’s (MOWAA) American Volunteer Contest. Macomb County Community Services Agency’s Office of Senior Services nominated Emma for her commitment, compassion and sense of responsibility to help others in need.

You can help vote for Emma! Voting is done exclusively through the MOWAA’s Facebook page, Voting is now open and continues until Aug. 13.

The Meals on Wheels program whose volunteer receives the most votes will receive $1,000 and a fully-produced video to promote the great work they are doing in the community. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three vote-getters, as well as the MOWAA’s staff pick. If Emma wins, it would offer Macomb County’s Meals on Wheels program a great opportunity to promote its cause.

Get your vote in and in the meantime, if you’re interested in helping out like Emma, visit

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office, often writing about interesting activities taking place in Macomb County.

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