Featured Volunteer

Featured Volunteer

David Dunham

Dave Dunham

Meet David Dunham, one of our first volunteer drivers! David has been delivering meals for SOS since the inception of the Volunteer Driver Program in 2009.David spent over 35 years building a good life in Belmont, CA. with his wife. They raised two daughters and he made a career as a Civil Engineer, working as an independent consultant, watching his clientele grow without ever having to advertise. Tragedy struck when his wife was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and David’s world changed when she succumbed to the disease in 2007. After an appropriate time of mourning, David decided to change his life by retiring and selling the home that now seemed too large for one person. He bought a town home in Castro Valley and joined a hiking club to socialize and stay in shape. He became a volunteer Ombudsman for a year. In that position he advocated for the rights of the elderly. He was also a volunteer assistant at Eden hospital. Still, he was looking for a cause that he could feel passionate about. A friend suggested Meals on Wheels, and Dave liked the sound of that. Dave sought out his local Meals on Wheels, and that is how SOS got so lucky! David has been with us for now for 7 years. When asked what has made him stay so long, he replied that, “it’s a satisfying endeavor” and he enjoys how appreciative the clients are. “They always say thank you and reward your efforts with a smile”. Oramae is a favorite meal recipient. He is amazed at her strength to get around her house at 100 years of age! Thank you, David!