Lithgow Information and Neighbourhood Centre (LINC) continue to support the community through recent drought, bushfires and now COVID-19.
Due to the pandemic there has been an upsurge in demand for the service and luckily for the volunteers, Member for Calare Andrew Gee recently announced $4320 in funding to help out.
The funding comes under the Australian Government's volunteer grants program and will go towards the reimbursement of volunteers fuel after delivering Meals on Wheels.
"With the increased demand it's obviously costing them a lot more to run the operation here," Mr Gee said.
"This grant will go towards helping to meet some of those costs for them and these [volunteers] are the folks who are supporting this wonderful community.
"The least that we can do is support LINC, in any way we can," he said.
With constant obstacles thrown at the community LINC provides a helping hand with its volunteers, particularly with its Meals on Wheels service.
The Meals on Wheels service involves volunteers who travel from as far as Bathurst and the Blue Mountains to visit and deliver meals to the vulnerable who require them in the Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang areas.
LINC general manager Lydia Commins said being a Meals on Wheels service, it was more than just a meal.
"Our volunteers who deliver, it's not just about delivering meals. It's about communicating with them [the vulnerable]," she said.
"Our volunteers are touching base with them to make sure that they're okay and safe in their homes."
Ms Commins said it was important to establish trusting relationships.
"If they [the vulnerable] are in need of anything else, they have that confidence to connect with our volunteers so that they understand what their needs are and then we can support them further if needed," she said.
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