Donation Will Support Meals on Wheels Programming for Older Adults in Central Oregon

Bend, Ore., May 1, 2019   – The Council on Aging of Central Oregon today announced that the High Desert Corvettes club has made a donation for Meals on Wheels programming that supports older adults at risk of nutritional deficiency and social isolation in the tri-county area.  On April 8, 2019, club members Dean and Sandi Cowell presented a $500 check at the Council on Aging’s offices at 373 NE Greenwood Avenue, Bend.

“The High Desert Corvettes’ donation means so much to us and to all the older adults we serve,” said Susan Rotella, executive director of the Council on Aging. “Mobility challenges and disabilities have left a large number of our older neighbors and friends homebound, isolated and without access to good nutrition.  Those are high risk factors for older people and contribute greatly to poor health outcomes including depression and dementia.”  

Meals on Wheels provides free home-delivered meals to adults over the age of 60 who are at nutritional risk due to interim or long-term mobility challenges, impaired cognition or another assessed reason. In addition to delivering the meals, the Council on Aging’s volunteer drivers perform wellness checks and provide almost daily social connection for the homebound. 

“We like to do good things for good people in Central Oregon,” said High Desert Corvettes spokesperson Sandi Cowell.  “We value and admire the way the Council on Aging staff and its Meals on Wheels volunteers enable older adults to remain living safely at home with access to good nutrition and friendly visits from the volunteers. It’s a real pleasure to support the Council and our community.”

To find out more about Nutrition programming for older adults, call the Council on Aging of Central Oregon at (541) 678-5483 or visit


About the Council on Aging of Central Oregon

Since 1975, the Council on Aging has served as the designated Area Agency on Aging for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, offering adults aged 60 and older and their loved ones a range of support services. A non-profit organization, the Council on Aging advocates for, empowers and guides older adults and their loved ones to live with independence and well-being in age-friendly communities—places where infrastructure, policies and practices are developed to make the community livable, accessible and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially older adults.

Phone: (541) 678-5483

Media Contact
Anni Hmelar
Director, Media Relations 
Council on Aging of Central Oregon 
(541) 678-5483

About High Desert Corvettes Club

Founded in 1991, the High Desert Corvettes Club brings together Corvette owners to share friendship and their love of Corvettes. 

Media Contact
Sandi Cowell
High Desert Corvettes Club