Tax expert Jerry Gaddis of Auburndale has joined the board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Polk County, a Winter Haven-based non-profit that each weekday prepares and delivers nutritious, freshly-cooked hot meals to 370 households of homebound people in Winter Haven and other east Polk County communities, as well as parts of Lakeland.
Gaddis is founder and CEO of Tropical Tax Solutions, a firm providing a wide range of tax consultation, preparation and representation services for individuals, businesses and other entities. The firm is based at 340 West Central Avenue, Suite 310 in Winter Haven and maintains a satellite office in Key Largo.
“We are delighted that Jerry Gaddis has volunteered to serve on our board of directors. His extensive knowledge of tax laws and vast experience in the tax preparation and financial fields will be very beneficial to Meals on Wheels,” said MOW Chairman Caroline Santiago.
After graduating from Auburndale High School, Gaddis earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. He is a Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider and holds a federal license to practice before the IRS in all 50 states.
He attends Heartland Church in downtown Winter Haven and over the years has provided volunteer services for non-profit organizations in Polk County and the Florida Keys, including Habitat for Humanity and the Lions Club.
Based at 620 Sixth Street in Winter Haven, MOW of Polk County is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that prepares and delivers 80,000 meals per year to homebound people residing in Winter Haven, Auburndale, Lake Alfred, Dundee, Haines City, Lake Hamilton, Davenport and parts of Lakeland.
On a typical weekday, MOW volunteers visit 370 homes to provide clients who are mostly over the age of 65 with nutritious, freshly-cooked, hot meals. In addition to delivering meals, MOW volunteers are very often the only people the organization’s clients have a chance to interact with on a daily basis.
Meals on Wheels welcomes volunteers to serve as drivers, kitchen workers, thrift store clerks, fundraisers and board members. Anyone wishing to become a MOW volunteer or client can contact Susan Eldridge, MOW’s executive director, at 299-1616. Information is also available on the MOW Web site at www.mealsonwheelspolk.com.
Because it receives no government funding, Meals on Wheels of Polk County depends on fundraising initiatives, thrift store sales and donations from individuals, corporate sponsors, churches and non-profit charitable organizations to carry on its mission of feeding and interacting with homebound citizens of all ages and backgrounds.