Alameda County Meals on Wheels

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: PO Box 14002 Oakland CA 94614 USA

Mission: Alameda County Meals on Wheels' MISSION is to assist frail elders in maintaining their independence at home.

Alameda County Meals on Wheels' GOAL is to provide all eligible seniors with high quality, nutritious meals according to their needs, whether hot, frozen, cold, of ethnic origin or reflecting a special diet, prepared in Alameda County in a cost-effective manner, delivered by a caring driver and administered by local community-based organizations.
Target demographics: We deliver nutritious and delicious meals and perform safety checks on our homebound senior neighbors in Alameda County.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We feed 2,100 homebound seniors each delivery day.
Geographic areas served: Alameda County
Programs: Alameda County Meals on Wheels raises money to financially support Meals on Wheels (MOW) providers throughout the county. Incredible people like you participate in our annual Wheels for Meals Bike Ride each October, attend our elegant Taste culinary and auction event and donate throughout the year. $7 buys a meal (fresh ingredients, preparation, packing and delivery). $35 feeds a senior for a week. $140 feeds a senior for a month $1680 feeds a senior for a year. Many of our senior neighbors are vulnerable, recovering from hospital stays/surgeries/illness, frail and living with chronic conditions, have limited mobility or ability to daily tasks for themselves, have little to no local family or friends, and are low-income. Without our support, MOW programs couldn't feed 2,100 of our senior neighbors each delivery day. They'd be forced to cut services at a time when the need keeps growing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with ACMOW for the past 5 years, supporting the fund-raising efforts. One of my favorite activities is the annual "Wheels for Meals Ride", which just successfully completed its 5th year.

The ride was a dream of the Excecutive Director and her husband; the first year, there were just over 380 riders on 3 routes - 15-mile family friendly, 35-mile somewhat challenging, 70-mile very challenging - to over 1100 riders this year. The ride is fully supported - safety, route markings, rest stops, picnic, music, local vendors, volunteers - which requires a LOT of coordination and attention to detail.

The best thing is fundraising and funraising for this event - it is now a "must do" to help support our local seniors. Without the dream of the ED and a dedicated staff of 1, friends and volunteers to make the event happen, the fundraising in a fun way would also not happen. This year, more than $170,000 was raised - a boon for the senior program!

I am honored to work with the organization that continues to look for new and exciting ways to involve varying community members to help support our seniors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Alameda County Meals on Wheels for the past 4 years in a variety of ways and have seen the fruits of my time and energy. This organization is responsible for securing funding for the local organizations that does the preparation and delivery of the meals to the local seniors. While I do not do that work, I do help the organization raise the funds necessary to do the good work it does - feed local seniors. What do I do? Help with the annual Wheels for Meals Ride by hosting a rest stop for the cyclists, assist with the 5 Star Gala dinner, support the office in my free time - it takes time, creative ideas, a circle of other volunteers and fun. All to do something worthwhile and critical to our local community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the number of seniors serviced increased. YAY!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them increase awareness of the need and help with other events as they come to fruition.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACMOW does amazing things with very limited staff time and budget. I am always amazed at what they can pull off. Executive Director Cindy Houts instituted a bike ride, which has grown to over 1,000 riders and volunteers in just three short years. This event has become a fundraising powerhouse, helping to feed hungry seniors in need. You just can't find a non-profit that does as much good in a person's life for just $6 a day.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I vo;lunteered as part of the committee organized the 2011 Wheels For Meals ride. It was one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences I have had. They meetings were well organized and focused on providing an event that was fun for the participants and successful in reaching the goals of the ACMOW. I look forward to working with them again.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a dietitian whose program benefits directly from the efforts of ACMOW, we so appreciate the energy, enthusiasm and vision that this group embodies. They are tremendous cheerleaders for the Meals on Wheels programs in Alameda County, and the amount of money received from them keeps increasing. They are run efficiently and with great leadership, both from the ED and board.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I begin by sharing why my husband and I became an integral part of Alameda Meals on Wheels. It goes back 15 years to Iowa where in his last days, my father was a client. When time came for the volunteer to appear at his door, our conversation waned as he looked at the clock and asked, "she should be here by now, hope all is ok". That in itself tells the connection "clients and volunteers" make through this service.
Alameda County Meals on Wheels supplies a truly necessary service for those who would otherwise go without the bear essentials to survive life, food and water. Not only do they do this, they also supply a lifeline via the nurturing volunteers who so kindly step up to see to it the recipients receive their daily meal. In this wonderful country of ours, it is sad to know some who "fall between the cracks" and ACMOW helps to ensure those who are in need are not lost. Especially what with the challenging economy we have been experiencing, this is a necessary service we can all be thankful for.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It goes back 15 years to Iowa where in his last days, my father was a client. When time came for the volunteer to appear at his door, our conversation waned as he looked at the clock and asked, "she should be here by now, hope all is ok". That in itself tells the connection "clients and volunteers" make through this service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the miracle of finding funding more readily available so that restrictions of who can be served could be eased. How to more readily "get the word out" to the greater good of the community

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

It goes back 15 years to Iowa where in his last days, my father was a client. When time came for the volunteer to appear at his door, our conversation waned as he looked at the clock and asked, "she should be here by now, hope all is ok". That in itself tells the connection "clients and volunteers" make through this service.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

already do several times throughout each year.

What would you tell others about this organization?

how wonderful the people are who are involved. how important the service they supply is to our communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit makes THE difference for local underfunded meals on wheels programs by fundraising for meals on wheels programs. The agency is small but effective. Meals on wheels is a critical community service for seniors!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Alameda County Meals on Wheels (ACMOW) provides essential financial support to the various local meals on wheels providers in Alameda County by fundraising and outreach for meals on wheels. With a small but committed paid staff, this non-profit distributed over $500,000 to allow seniors in Alameda County to receive meals on wheels. Most of these seniors are low income and most would be forced into institutional care without the support of meals on wheels.

This agency is truly a life-saver for high-risk frail and homebound seniors in Alameda County.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I work closely with meals on wheel distribution in Alameda County. There is a long waiting list for meals. Without ACMOW, high risk seniors would not be able to receive meals on wheels.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get us more media coverage so we can do more good work!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

They birthed us, fed us, shepherded us, advised us, protected us, loved us, despite our shortcominge, insecurities, and indiscretions. The LEAST we can do is make sure our elders are warm, fed, and comfortable in their last years. That's what Alameda County Meals on Wheels (ACMOW) is all about. My time as a volunteer never feels like a burden. It feels like I am giving back. Whether it is an annual event, like the Wheels for Meals (Fun) Ride (WFMR) in Livermore or the Five-Star Night Gala Dinner, Dine-Outs, or any of the other fund-raising programs run by ACMOW, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time. Executive Director Cindy Houts is a dynamo -- conceiving of and pulling off multi-faceted, fun, complex projects and rising to new heights every time. ACMOW provides opportunities for ALL of us, who should be very grateful indeed, a chance to show our Seniors that they are valued.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the joy on the faces of seniors who are reached-for and touched every day by Meals on Wheels volunteers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would work to restore lost federal and state support and funding for this organization and others like it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

N/A

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Made me a better person and provided new networking opportunities.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Awesome.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACMOW and its member agencies change lives one meal, one delivery, one day at a time. Whether its a warm meal, a smile, or even a daily check-in, the work of ACMOW helps 2,000+ people every day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Whether its asking the community for support, or delivering a warm meal, there is no better feeling than helping a home-bound senior.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ACMOW like every other organization needs more - more funding, more volunteers, more community-wide visibility.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

community outreach

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

feeding seniors

What is its top priority in the long run?

remaining sustainable to feed seniors

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACMOW is an essential organization - feeding 2000+ seniors everyday.

The organization has tremendous public support and runs very "lean."

For donors looking to get bang for their buck, ACMOW delivers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

There is no better feeling than hearing directly from seniors, or their children who rely on ACMOW's partner agencies, that the meals are a highlight of their day. Our drivers are a crucial lifeline for seniors and their families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd ensure that more people know of the work they do.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friends

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Funding and public education

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Alameda County Meals on Wheels since I moved to California 4.5 years ago. I have had the opportunity to not only learn about the local programs and work on events with them, but deliver meals as well. This organization is run by incredible, hard-working people that genuinely care about the well-being of these senior citizens. Without these meals, some of these individuals would never eat as they are unable to get food on their own. I have also worked on the two large events run by the organization, and the effort put in to raising funds for the meal recipients is unbelieveable. The board of directors contribute so much as well with recruitment, donations, and helping to run the organization as efficient as possible. The executive director also pours her heart and soul in to the organization to help these homebound senior citizens as best they can. They have raised record funds in the most recent years to help fund the location meals on wheels organizations. Alameda County Meals on Wheels is a blessing to the senior community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Alameda County Meals on Wheels is a lean, well-run organization that uses it's fundraising capacity to help local agencies provide over 2,000 meals each week. In this time of severe cut backs, prepared, nutritious meals, delivered to the home, make a big difference in seniors' health and independence.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have worked with this organization for over 10 years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is a very well run organization.

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