PET FOOD FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – APPLY NOW
The Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT) Pet Food Grant Program is accepting applications from Meals on Wheels America Members looking to start or sustain a pet food distribution program. The funds that will be awarded must be used for pet food, cat litter, pet supplies, grooming, veterinary care (except spay/neuter), temporary boarding expenses, pet food storage and/or rental and/or gas grants for volunteers.
IT'S EASY TO APPLY
Download the grant application and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than this Thursday, April 30. You can also fax or mail the form to the address below:
Banfield Charitable Trust
8000 NE Tillamook Street
P.O. Box 13998
Portland, OR 97213
FAX: (503) 922-6801
ABOUT THE BCT PET FOOD GRANT PROGRAM
BCT has awarded over $1 million in grants to fund pet food distribution programs for Meals on Wheels America Members since 2007. Funding is made possible through BCT's annual holiday pet food drive that collects monetary and pet food donations at more than 800 Banfield Pet Hospitals nationwide. The food is distributed in the form of grants to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels America Members every spring and fall.
If you're looking to start a pet food program, BCT will provide you with a program manual free of charge. Email your request to email@example.com
. For more information about all of BCT's efforts to keep pets and people together, visit www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org
. If you have any questions, please call the BCT office at 503-922-5801.
MARCH FOR MEALS VOLUNTEER WINNER ANNOUNCED BY CABOT CREAMERY
, a 2015 March for Meals silver sponsor, offers a number of different opportunities for Meals on Wheels Member programs and their volunteers across the country. One, Reward Volunteers
, is an easy -to-use web-based platform that allows volunteers to log their volunteer hours and become eligible for prizes awarded to them and the organization they serve. Volunteers who used Reward Volunteers during March for Meals were eligible to win a special Meals on Wheels prize – a three-night stay at the Trapp Family Lodge
in Stowe, VT. And we’re thrilled to announce the winner below!
CONGRATULATIONS to Meals on Wheels of Tampa, Florida’s all-star volunteer, George Hardy! We connected with Meals on Wheels of Tampa’s Executive Director Steve King, and he was thrilled to have one of his hard-working volunteers win this award.
“It’s wonderful that Cabot rewards people who dedicate themselves to make our mission a success. There should be more like them!”
- Steve King, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Tampa, FL
And the best part? There are plenty more opportunities offered by Cabot that you can take advantage of:
- Volunteer Rewards – Both volunteers and your program can win rewards all year long! Encourage your volunteers to record their time in the Reward Volunteer App. Learn how to get started, if you haven’t already, here.
- Gratitude Grill Appearances – Programs on the East Coast can sign up to request their very own 2015 visit from the Farmers' Gratitude Grille. (Learn more below!)
- Discount on Cabot Cheese – Cabot offers a special savings coupon created just for you by Cabot. Start saving on cheese here.
- Special Meals on Wheels Recipe – Cabot created a recipe just for your seniors! Download the recipe for chicken, broccoli and rice casserole here.
GRATITUDE ON WHEELS
Meals on Wheels America Member program Senior Services, Inc. of Alexandria, VA tapped into the free rewards offered by Cabot and received a special visit from the Cabot Creamery Farmers' Gratitude Grille, a traveling kitchen that thanks hard-working nonprofit staff and volunteers around the country. The free event, held earlier this month, included cheese-filled sandwiches served to Senior Services’ staff, clients, volunteers and even a few staff members from the Meals on Wheels America team! sign up for a chance to be selected for a visit here. Please note, your program must be located on the East Coast – Cabot Creamery will provide you with eight weeks’ notice if you are selected and will plan your free event and its logistics for you.
Learn more about all of the Cabot Creamery opportunities here. Questions? Contact Rachel Leone, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels America staff spoke with a chef from the Gratitude Grill when they visited with Senior Services of Alexandria, Inc. on Friday, April 17, 2015.
STORY-TELLING MEALS ON WHEELS STYLE
The Meals on Wheels Stories Page
is the perfect forum for you, your colleagues and volunteers to share your short stories of personal connection with Meals on Wheels. All visitors to our new website have the opportunity to browse through and read a collection of diverse and heartwarming excerpts that capture why we do what we do. Visitors will leave inspired by a community of people just like them who are experiencing life-changing moments with your programs and the seniors you serve.
One story in particular was submitted by our Chief Membership Officer Keith Greene in which he describes his first experience as a volunteer as the reason he “got hooked!” This experience left him wanting to come back more and more to help deliver meals for a local program.
"I knew the experience would be impactful, but I didn't realize HOW impactful! My myths about what a typical client were dispelled quickly. These were people like you and me, like my Mom, like friends and other family members, who were unable to either prepare their meals or shop for them. Some were better off than others, but all of them had value as human beings! I'll never forget the gratitude on their faces, their stories, their warmth and kindness and them! I've since delivered meals for multiple programs and I've served meals in congregate centers and I've prepared meals for next-day distribution, and I will never stop! All it took was one volunteer experience for me to get me "hooked!”
Sound familiar? We want to hear from you! Share your story here
. You will be prompted to provide a story title, your name, story content and photo. Feel free to get creative – just be sure to have it tie in with your personal connection to Meals on Wheels. Once you’re done, hit “save” – it may take a few days to process but keep an eye out for your story to appear!
Questions? Contact Member Communications Manager, Lauren Fielder, at email@example.com
or 571-339-1621. Start sharing!
WHAT EVERY FUNDRAISER CAN DO TO STOP FALLING DONOR RETENTION RATES – WEBINAR
Join the Leadership Academy for a FREE webinar on Tuesday, May 12 that will focus on the causes of poor donor retention rates and how to make impactful changes that will turn that around. Presenter Jay B. Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang, will present the findings from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, conducted by two world-renowned fundraising experts and provide you with practical examples of how to apply this knowledge. You will also gain a better understanding of current donor retention trends, how your program can engage loyal donors and communication techniques that will support your fundraising strategy.
IN THIS WEBINAR YOU WILL:
- Become familiar with current research on donor retention and how your program can improve your own donor retention;
- Learn how to calculate your donor retention rate; and
- Gain new donor communication techniques that will improve donor loyalty.
WEBINAR: What Every Fundraiser Can Do To Stop Falling Donor Retention Rates PRESENTER:
Jay B. Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang WHEN:
Tuesday, May 12 TIME:
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT REGISTRATION FEE:
FREE REGISTER NOW
ADVANCED NONPROFIT NEWSLETTERS THAT GET PEOPLE TO DONATE! –WEBINAR
Learn how you can use your organization’s newsletter to inspire support and subscriptions during this upcoming Leadership Academy webinar with Mazarine Treyz, Founder and Principal of Wild Woman Fundraising. On Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Mazarine will walk you through a variety of creative ways to engage readers and grow your audience.
IN THIS WEBINAR YOU WILL:
- Identify the five reasons people share your newsletter;
- Explore how to use sample surveys to help segment your subscribers;
- Learn how to use subject lines to get people to actually open your newsletter;
- Discover how to use effective calls to action for your newsletter;
- Learn how to use headlines to help your donors give; and
- Review four simple emails that lead people to take action.
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River Woods Senior Living, PA
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, TN
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