2016 CONFERENCE KEYNOTES ARE SET –
CHECK OUT THE AGENDA-AT-A-GLANCE TODAY!
We’ve been hard at work securing a host of dynamic keynotes for the 2016 Annual Conference to build on the success of last year’s lineup. Here’s what Members had to say:
"The quality of all the keynote addresses was just amazing. Much more inspirational, informative and energizing than I ever dreamed."
- Cathy Sandoval
"This was a phenomenally great conference this year and each keynote speaker was topical, exciting and inspiring!"
- Patti Lyons
In addition to a surprise keynote event to officially kick off Conference on the morning of Wednesday, August 31, we’re happy to announce two additional keynotes have been added to the schedule:
Wednesday, August 31 at 4:45 p.m. / Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Kathy Greenlee, who serves in the dual roles of Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and Assistant Secretary for Aging, will be joining us as her accomplished tenure at ACL comes to an end. Assistant Secretary Greenlee believes that people with functional support needs should have the opportunity to live independently in homes of their choosing, receiving appropriate services and support. That belief, and her commitment to building the capacity of the national aging and disability networks to better meet that need, has made her a steadfast champion of Meals on Wheels. Sec. Greenlee last joined us as a keynote during the 2013 Annual Conference in Boston.
Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 a.m. / Ad Council Campaign Update with presenters from the Ad Council and our pro-bono creative agency, Anomaly
Last year in Orlando, Heidi Arthur, Senior Vice President for Campaigns at the Ad Council, and Tom Gibson, the Planning Director of our acclaimed ad agency, Anomaly, articulated how we’re working together to spark support through a powerful, nationwide Public Service campaign. This year’s Ad Council Keynote will highlight our accomplishments to date, and focus on how each and every Member can benefit from and leverage this multi-faceted campaign in their own communities.
JOIN YOUR PEERS - REGISTER TODAY!
More than 100 of your peers from across the country have already taken advantage of our discounted registration rates for the 2016 Meals on Wheels Annual Conference and Expo in Nashville August 31 – September 2. Early-Bird pricing is available through July 1, 2016 and additional discounts are applied when you attend with one or more of your colleagues.
Such a surge in early 2016 registrations has us even more excited to build on the momentum of Sparking the Movement as we push the limits of our thinking, teach emerging skills, offer fresh perspectives and share plans for seizing the incredible opportunities ahead.
|2016 FULL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ||UNTIL JULY 1, 2016 ||AFTER JULY 1 || |
| Meals on Wheels America Member || $475 ||$525 ||Register |
| Member Group Rate || $425 ||$475 ||Register |
SCHOLARSHIPS COMING SOON
As in previous years, we will be offering a number of Conference scholarships. Look out for more information on how to apply in March!
This year’s Conference will take place at the stunning Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee – the country music capital! Located just minutes away from the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry and a short drive from Nashville’s vibrant downtown, this city has something for everyone.
Our discounted Conference room block is limited and rates will expire on August 1 or sooner if the block has filled. Last year our room block filled up very quickly so it is important to reserve your rooms early if you'd like to stay where the Conference is taking place. (You can always cancel your reservation should your plans change.)
Our discounted room rate is $139 for single/double occupancy traditional rooms and $204 for single/double occupancy premium/atrium rooms (+ state and local taxes). These rates include the resort fee and are available from August 27 through September 6, 2016 so feel free to take advantage of the discount to extend your stay and explore Nashville.
You can book your stay online or by calling 1-888-777-6779. Be sure to mention the group discount code "Meals on Wheels America."
INTRODUCING THE MEALS ON WHEELS LOVES PETS PROGRAM
There’s no doubt that seniors and their pets share a special relationship. Research even proves that pets have a positive impact on overall health, happiness and well-being. It’s also no surprise that a pet may be their only companion other than one of your volunteers who visits them with a friendly smile and nutritious meal.
While we all understand the importance of this bond, the unfortunate reality is that taking care of a pet can be a physical and financial struggle. A senior with limited access to food will feed their pet over themselves more often than not. That’s why Meals on Wheels America is proud to announce our new national pet initiative, Meals on Wheels Loves Pets. Together, we’re working to ensure that both seniors and their pet companions can remain at home, where they want to be.
OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Meals on Wheels America is committed to developing our pet initiative to better support your seniors and their pets for years to come. We plan to increase the educational and funding support available to Members, establish meaningful partnerships in the pet space, and raise awareness among supporters about the deep connection between seniors and pets.
This new initiative would not be possible without the generous support of Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), which, in October 2015, turned over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. And as we move forward, our goal is to not only support pet programs through grant funding, but also through in-kind donations of pet food, pet owner education, pet cruelty prevention, and in-kind pet services.
To learn more about the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets
program, watch a recording of the recent webinar Keeping Seniors and Their Pets Together with the Meals on Wheels America Pet Initiative here
STAY TUNED FOR 2016 GRANT INFORMATION
If you have an existing pet program or are considering starting one, we encourage you to apply for the 2016 Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant. The grant cycle will begin in mid-April, so be on the lookout for additional information in the coming months! Questions?
Contact Doyle Delph, Special Projects Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU’RE NOT YET DISPLAYING YOUR 2016 MEMBER BADGE, DOWNLOAD IT NOW
The 2016 Meals on Wheels America Member Badge is ready to be downloaded and displayed on your website, in social media and in other communications materials. It’s free and easily available to all Members through a quick download. So, if you haven’t gotten yours yet, click here!
NOMINATE YOUR ORGANIZATION’S KIND PEOPLE FOR CASH AWARDS
KIND People is a program created by the KIND Foundation to celebrate community members who have gone out of their way to help others in need. The organization is currently accepting nominations for people just like you, your volunteers and other special individuals within your organization between now and March 31 for the chance to win $500,000.
Go here to nominate a KIND person in your community. You’ll be asked to answer a few basic questions about the nominee, how they’ve practiced kindness, their impact within the community and how they inspire others to live a kinder life. The KIND Foundation will work alongside a judging panel to select six stand-out nominees who will receive cash prizes. Learn more about who you should nominate and what exactly the judging panel will be looking for here.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Did you know that we have an online discussion group where Members just like you are actively collaborating with their peers on crucial topics? Contribute and learn about these topics by joining our LinkedIn Discussion Group here. A few of the most recent conversations in the group include:
- Best practices and products for transporting various meals;
- How and when to recognize donors; and
- Recommendations on emergency preparedness for inclement weather conditions.
REIMAGINING YOUR SENIOR CENTER – WEBINAR, MARCH 10
This free webinar on March 10 at 3:30 p.m. EST will give participants the opportunity to reimagine what their senior centers could be. Presenter Pat Bohse, an accomplished nonprofit management and training consultant, will discuss the importance of strategic planning and introduce two innovative new program ideas: the Pop-up Center and the Seasoned Internship Program. Both concepts will enable your program to leverage valuable resources and ultimately serve your communities better.
IN THIS WEBINAR YOU WILL:
- Understand the importance of executing a strategic plan for your senior center;
- Learn how great client service and data collection is vital to your success; and
- Explore how community collaborations can help you better serve seniors.
WEBINAR: Reimagining Your Senior Center PRESENTER:
Pat Bohse, President of Bohse & Associates, Inc. WHEN:
Thursday, March 10, 2016 TIME:
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST FEE:
FREE REGISTER NOW