EARLY SURGE IN 2016 CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS SETS
THE TONE FOR AN EXCITING EVENT
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 || JULY 1, 2016 ||AFTER JULY 1 || |
| Meals on Wheels America Member || $475 ||$525 ||Register |
| Member Group Rate* || $425 ||$475 ||Register |
Our Key Focus Areas for this Year’s Conference
Leveraging the National Meals on Wheels Ad Council Campaign – Our national awareness and volunteer recruitment campaign, set to launch this summer, will thrust Meals on Wheels into the spotlight through carefully crafted public service announcements (PSAs) across millions of dollars worth of donated media. Keynotes and courses will focus on the many ways you can leverage this nationwide campaign to create significate local impact.
Forming Vital Collaborations and Partnerships – Regardless of your program’s size, scope or resources, identifying and cultivating cross-sector collaborations and partnerships is crucial to your program’s vitality and future sustainability. The 2016 Conference will cover a full range of topics from healthcare integration to identifying new revenue sources through local collaborations.
Improving Our Competitive Advantage – The senior nutrition market has become extremely competitive, and the time has come for us all to grab the bull by the horns. Intensive courses and the Meals on Wheels Expo will explore how to adapt to and differentiate your offerings in this changing landscape. We will focus on developing a greater understanding of the current and future environment, identifying diverse funding streams, and collecting the data that will enable you to prove your outcomes and impact.
*If you are already enrolled in the Meals on Wheels Leadership Academy and working toward a Leadership Certificate, attending the Annual Conference will help you earn your certificate sooner. In addition, many of the courses provide CEU credits for dieticians and CFRE credits for fundraisers.
DON’T DELAY BOOKING YOUR HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Our discounted Conference room block is limited and rates will expire on August 1 or sooner if the block has filled. Last year in Orlando, 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."
As in previous years, we will be offering a number of Conference Scholarships. Look out for more information on how to apply in the upcoming weeks. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding the Conference at 888-998-6325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOGETHER, WE’RE IMPROVING THE HOMES OF OUR SENIOR VETERANS
This fall, we brought you along for Home Depot's fifth annual Celebration of Service, benefiting Meals on Wheels America and eight other fortunate national partners that serve veterans in various ways. Our participation earned us $80,000 in Home Depot gift cards that we offered up to Members on a first-come, first-served basis to use toward Team Depot projects for veteran clients.
We’re happy to report that the applications came in quickly and we were able to distribute each and every gift card to eight deserving Members who received $10,000 each. These Members will join forces with the Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, in their communities to complete critical home repair services for their senior veteran clients. Funding recipients include:
- Chatham County Council on Aging (Pittsboro, NC)
- Habersham County Senior Center (Demorest, GA)
- Lake County Council on Aging (Mentor, OH)
- Meals on Wheels Inc. of Tarrant County (Fort Worth, TX)
- Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
- Senior Services Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Solutions That Empower People (Rocky Mount, VA)
- Walton Options (Augusta, GA)
Please join us in congratulating these Members! As they create impact in each of their communities, we’ll be sure to share updates on social media, as well.
Meals on Wheels America is also proud to support several Members year-round through our ongoing, strategic partnership with The Home Depot Foundation. Now in its second year, the “Helping Homebound Heroes” program will support four programs across the country to expand their existing home repair services. Those programs are:
- Meals on Wheels and More (Austin, TX)
- Meals on Wheels of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
- Cumberland County Council on Older Adults (Fayetteville, NC)
- Osceola Council on Aging (Kissimmee, FL)
In total, we anticipate this program will provide home repair services for approximately 175 senior veterans in need – just another way Meals on Wheels delivers so much more than a meal.
SEE WHAT YOU CAN BE SAVING THROUGH OUR MEMBER DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Our Member Discount Program creates dramatic savings on the products and services you use most. That’s exactly what some Meals on Wheels America Members learned when they did a Market Basket Analysis – a free tool used to help programs learn how much they can save through our Member Discount Program’s Group Purchasing Program through Premier on the products and services they’re already purchasing.
“We are very excited to make the change to Premier and US Foods. Not only will the savings of $121,000 annually be beneficial, but the technology will save us time, help us be more efficient and give us the capabilities to report on our business. We look forward to our partnership.”
- Debbie Case, Meals-On-Wheels Greater San Diego, San Diego, CA
LEARN HOW MUCH YOU CAN SAVE IN 2016 NOW
Follow these steps to kick-start your year of saving even more:
- Sign up with our Member Discount Program’s Group Purchasing Partner, Premier, if you haven’t yet already here.
- Complete the food service Market Basket Analysis here. You can also request an analysis of office supplies and other products through the form available here.
- Sit back and wait - the analysis will take approximately three weeks. Meals on Wheels America's Business Services Manager Steven Skelton will follow up directly with a detailed report.
While there is no guarantee we can save your program money on every single previously purchased item
, we can tell you that this program provides an incredible potential savings on products you’re already purchasing. Give it a try! Questions? Contact Steven Skelton at email@example.com
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.
KEEPING UP WITH HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS - WEBINAR, FEBRUARY 17
In order to attract and build successful partnerships with healthcare entities, it is vital that your organization has a comprehensive understanding of the industry's needs, motivations and bottom line. Presenter Sharon Williams previously provided insight on the solutions your organization can deliver to meet these needs when partnering with healthcare entities through an introductory webinar held last December called, The Key Drivers for Healthcare Organizations When Partnering with CBO's. Sharon will continue the conversation through this webinar, taking place on Wednesday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
IN THIS WEBINAR YOU WILL:
Learn how you can connect with the right contacts within these healthcare organizations.
- Hear how you can apply these learnings to your marketing strategies and, ultimately, approach healthcare organizations with partnership contracts;
- Gain an understanding of the importance of pricing your services and how to do so effectively;
- Identify key value propositions for different health organizations; and
WEBINAR: Keeping Up with Healthcare Organizations: Understanding the Value Proposition as Integrated Care Progresses PRESENTER:
Founder and CEO of Williams Jaxon, Consulting, LLC, Sharon R. Williams WHEN:
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 TIME:
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST FEE:
FREE REGISTER NOW
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
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