Twenty-two years of delivering meals in the Home Delivered Meals program has left our Volunteer of the Month, Pat Covault, hungry for more! Pat started when the program was in its infancy. It meant driving to the hospital on Shea and picking up the 20 – 25 meals and delivering them with only one other volunteer. She remembers an incident when they delivered over 22 meals and were short the very last meal...rather than drive all the way back to the hospital, she and her co-driver went to Safeway and purchased a chicken dinner in order to get lunch to the recipient on time!
Pat has been with the program since 1990 and has also served as the Friday Coordinator for over twelve years. She often covers other volunteer's shift when needed which, according to Sr. Services Supervisor Kelley Fonville, "shows her strong commitment to others in need in Fountain Hills." Pat is the first to say that it is she who is on the receiving end and that she doesn't deserve to be recognized as the volunteer of the month. Her modesty reflects her 'behind the scenes' approach and comfort in volunteering. Pat states, "The recipients are so appreciative and it is such a good feeling to be doing this. It makes you feel good when you can make someone else happy."
Pat calls many of her meal recipients friends and is known for writing cards and notes to them, just like a mother would. Also, she reminded, "You never just leave a meal and take off...you need to make sure that they're ok first- this is often their only visit with another person." Often the meal deliveries include getting to see their art and sharing conversations. Pat expressed, "It is very rewarding and exciting to deliver monthly...and it sure doesn't seem like 22 years!"
Pat and her husband of 51 years, Bill, moved to Fountain Hills in 1987. Bill was a pilot and knew how special the town was and encouraged a visit with Pat. Their two daughters also attended universities in state. It didn't take long for Pat to fall in love with the beauty of the town and the small town feeling. Soon after they found a lot and built their home. They recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary in Tahoe with their entire family, including their one grandson. Golfing, fishing, knitting, reading, travelling and hiking have preoccupied Pat and her family when not delivering meals.
Congratulations, Pat. Thanks for your continued loyalty and dedication with Home Delivered Meals!