Volunteer Spotlight

Meals on Wheels Durham has a volunteer base of over 250 volunteers each month! We periodically spotlight specific volunteers to share the amazing work they’re doing and show our appreciation for their service -- we couldn’t do what we do without them.

This Month's Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight Header - Doug Sherry

Doug Sherry has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels Durham since May 2023! He is currently an adopted hot meal route driver, taking Route 27703A in eastern Durham every Wednesday, and often picking up additional routes when there’s a need. Doug started volunteering at MOWD because he wanted to give back to his community in a meaningful way; his mother was a Meals on Wheels client, so he wants to be able to reciprocate that same service for others who need a hot meal. 

His favorite part of volunteering is interacting with the clients—being able to greet them on the phone and then handing them their meal, brightening their day in just a few seconds. One of Doug’s favorite experiences while volunteering was when he was making deliveries to a Durham school that had been renovated into housing. He inquired of one client about the history of the school, having been a teacher himself, and she told him that she went to this school as a young girl. In fact, the apartment she rented was once her classroom!

Doug and his wife Claudia have two daughters and five amazing grandchildren. They previously lived in Asheville, and moved to Durham to be closer to one of their daughters. They have a passion for traveling, and have visited over 25 countries around the world! Doug and Claudia also love visiting gardens and arboretums, some of their favorites being Duke Gardens; Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia; and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

From everyone at Meals on Wheels Durham, we want to give Doug a huge ‘thank you!’ for his volunteer service.