Valentine's Day Mall Event

The KidX XOXO Valentine Event at Fashion Square Mall during February was an absolute success! Children made Valentine's day cards for Meals On Wheel's Clients, including sayings such as "you are loved!" and "be mine!". The kids were so overjoyed to spread some love over the holiday; some of them even shared that their grandparents had been helped by Meals On Wheels! A few of the parents even donated birthday gifts for the clients. Here are some photos from the event:

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March Is for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle is joining together with hundreds of independent Meals on Wheels programs around the country for our annual March for Meals campaign. Our common goal is to raise awareness of our mission and build community engagement around our cause at the grassroots level.

Throughout the month of March, we will be reaching out to our local community with fundraising activities, volunteer drives, and celebrating community champions. Be sure to check cvillemeals.org and our Facebook page to stay up to date on our March for Meals activities.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Share our message with family, friends and colleagues about the importance and effectiveness of our Meals on Wheels program as a solution to the challenges of elder hunger and isolation
  • Donate and spread the word about our reliance on private contributions rather than government funding to serve our neighbors in need
  • Encourage people you know to get involved by volunteering to pack and deliver meals

Together we can ensure that the homebound in our community receive the nutrition and companionship they require. Thank you for your support!

 

Job Opening for MOW Client Manager

Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle is seeking a Client Manager to join our team! The Client Manager is tasked with the support of our clients, both new and existing, in support of our mission – to provide hot, nutritious meals to homebound Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents who are unable to cook their own meals and who have no one to help them. Reporting to the Executive Director, the ideal candidate will be experienced in social work, specifically with an elder population and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. This person must be exceedingly well organized, flexible and fully supportive of the mission of Meals on Wheels (MOW).

Specific Responsibilities:

Client Referrals:

  1. Accepts new client referrals and takes basic information
  2. Responsible for inputting documentation into database program
  3. Initiates paperwork for all new clients
  4. Adds new meal recipients to delivery route schedules in coordination with the Volunteer Manager
  5. Completes annual review and documentation of client needs and eligibility
  6. Responsible for organizing and distributing birthday and holiday gifts

Administrative Responsibilities:

  1. Prepares monthly statistics
  2. Prepares monthly bills and client statements
  3. Checks answering machine daily and logs messages
  4. Answers phone and logs messages
  5. Assists with newsletters and mailings

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office knowledge with a focus on Access and Excel.
  • Intermediate knowledge of QuickBooks
  • Proven clear thinker, well organized, level headed, solution oriented.
  • Strong customer service ethic, answers phones and works with meal recipients.
  • Social Work background preferred.
  • Must have personal automobile insurance and a valid driver’s license, with access to a reliable vehicle.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume and cover letter by email to director@cvillemeals.org. This position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

 

Sharing the Love All Year Round

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Love is making sure that our neighbors are fed and cared for all year long. Our 320+ volunteers at Meals on Wheels do this five days a week, bringing nutritious meals and friendly conversation to those who are homebound and living alone. We are so thankful for their time and dedication. If you are interested in learning more about being a Meals on Wheels volunteer, please give us a call at 434-293-4364 or email Kathy at kathy@cvillemeals.org.

Community Volunteer Event to Support Meals on Wheels

 

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day - and support Meals on Wheels in the process? Plan to join C-village, a grassroots organization dedicated to building community by providing family-friendly volunteering opportunities, for their next service project on Sunday, February 12, from 3:15-4:45 p.m. in the McIntire Room at the Central Library (201 E. Market St.) in Charlottesville.

Everyone is welcome to join in this event! Volunteers will be helping to make Valentine’s Day cards, heart-shaped pipe cleaner pencil toppers, and heart picture frame wreaths for Meals on Wheels clients. They will also be putting together birthday care packages for our meal recipients. Check out our Facebook page for more information. We hope to see you there!


 

Send Us Your Love Letters this Valentine's Day!

 

Meals on Wheels America is partnering with DoSomething.org to warm the hearts of homebound seniors this Valentine's Day! Will you take the Love Letters Challenge? You might win a $3,000 scholarship! DoSomething.org is a global organization that seeks to motivate young people to make a positive change both online and off! Simply create handcrafted Love Letters to help Meals on Wheels clients feel the love this Valentine's Day! For more information and to sign up for the Challenge, click here

If you would like to participate locally, please send or drop off your Love Letters by Monday, February 13, to Meals on Wheels of Charlottesville/Albemarle at 704 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  

Little Helpers Take on Big Job!

Wow, talk about teamwork! Brownie Troop #2071 visited us yesterday to clean our meal delivery bags. With nearly 75 bags in all, this was no small undertaking! The girls did an awesome job and even had time to create special birthday cards for our clients. Our thanks to all of the Brownies and to MOW Volunteer Anna Emery and her Troop Co-Leader Natalie Artz for organizing the activity. 

 

The Greatest Gift

 

As the end of 2016 nears, I am incredibly thankful for the many ways you support Meals on Wheels and our homebound neighbors in Charlottesville and Albemarle. 

Your gifts allow us to provide a hot nutritious meal and social contact every weekday to those who are living in isolation.

If you haven’t already, would you consider making a tax-deductible contribution today? Your gift of any amount helps us to continue providing meals and a caring eye to everyone who needs it in 2017!   Click here to donate now.

Make a year-end gift today and know that you are making it possible for us to deliver so much more than a meal.

With deep appreciation,

Leigh Trippe
Executive Director

The Season of Giving...

Help us bring holiday cheer to our meal clients! We are looking for groups and individuals to donate and collect gifts for our elderly and disabled clients who are homebound and living alone.

For many of our meal recipients, the gifts they receive through Meals on Wheels are their only acknowledgement of holidays traditionally spent with family and friends. Even small gifts bring great joy! Gift suggestions include: note cards & stationary with stamps, handkerchiefs, slipper socks, jigsaw puzzles, scarves, hats and other handmade craft items.

All gift donations should be received at our office by Friday, December 16. Contact Diane for more information at 434-293-4364 or diane@cvillemeals.org