Meals On Wheels West

Rating: 4.79 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 1823 A Michigan Ave. Santa Monica CA 90404 USA

Mission: We are a community based, non-profit public-benefit organization, committed to enhancing wellness by providing quality nutritious meals, nutrition education, coordinating community resources and referrals for our homebound clients enabling them to maintain their independence and quality of life.Meals on Wheels helps our homebound neighbors by delivering two meals daily right to their doorstep.  Meals that they are unable to shop for or prepare.  Meals that many can’t otherwise afford.  The daily visits of our volunteers reassure our homebound clients that we care, and the volunteers help us ensure the well-being of our clients, as well.
Target demographics: seniors and those with mobility limitations
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 clients.
Geographic areas served: Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Venice
Programs: home delivery of nutritious meals along with fresh produce, local newspaper and a caring smile to reduce hunger and isolation among homebound neighbors.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 95-4613280
(310) 394-5133
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Rating: 4 stars  

I LOVED volunteering for Meals on Wheels West. The staff are incredible: efficient and effective, so volunteers are utilized well and given appreciation from the staff as well as the clients. I've done volunteering with a number of organizations and MOW by far is the best at volunteer management. The service they provide is so necessary to the clients and it is rewarding to be involved.

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: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Seniors are so thankful for your loving care and warm meals! R Barnett

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for 5 years and have led a corporate team of volunteers. I really enjoy delivering meals and getting to know the clients. This is a truly live-saving service and the organization is great. The staff is enthusiastic and great to work with.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer for 13 years and know first hand what a huge difference this organization makes! They even feed the pets of their homebound clients!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been my pride and pleasure to serve as a volunteer both delivering meals and as a member of the Board of Directors for the past 8 or so years. This organization is vital to the seniors and shut ins everywhere. Delivering the meals is important, of course, but the face to face contact we provide could be their only one of the day. I can't imagine a world without this "human service"!

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been both a volunteer and a donor to Meals-on-wheels for 15 years. The people I come in contact with weekly are so appreciative of the meals they receive as well as the interaction with caring volunteers. Meals-on-wheels has a supportive staff that makes sure the client's needs are met professionally and with great concern for their well-being. This is an established organization that is run well and really works to the advantage of everybody involved.

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

The majority of the clients that receive meals-on-wheels are nearing the end of their lives. We make sure they are well fed and given a daily friend with whom to visit. They are able to be in their own homes and maintain their dignity by feeling worthy of this valuable service.

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

More private donors so the food quality is increased.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered to deliver meals for MOW am very impressed by the determination of their staff in making sure that those in need receive a good meal. I was personally surprised that the need was so real even in an affluent area where I live. You take your 3 meals a day for granted and often forget that many elderly people do not have family to make sure that they get theirs! I met many very appreciative people to whom that knock on the door was extremely important, not only the meal but the friendly face at the door.

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

The faces on those receiving tells it all, it is a very much needed organization that is dedicated to helping.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Santa Monica College Rotaract Club students have great experiences helping Santa Monica MOW deliver meals. As a faculty advisor, I commend the effectiveness of this nonprofit in helping the disabled residents in our area.

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

having Rosemary Regalbuto as a guest speaker for students, where she shares the MOW story, and I donate to this cause.

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

suggest more wide-spread coverage on all that they do in our communities.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Meals on Wheels West is a wonderful organization that is greatly needed in the community. I volunteered for them by working in their office in addition to delivering meals to the clients. I have experienced firsthand how much the clients appreciate the service and the thoughtfulness behind it. The human contact is something that these people look forward to everyday and I enjoyed getting to know the people on my meal route. Along with the CEO/Director RoseMary Regalbuto, I was able to implement a plan to deliver emergency meal kits as well as a one-on-one emergency action plan, both for use in the event of an emergency. While delivering these kits, I could tell that emergency preparedness was not something the clients normally thought about. Multiple people cried out of gratitude as they felt like someone cared about their well-being.

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

The smiles that the elderly/disabled give when they greet me at the door.

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

Have larger signs for the cars of Meals on Wheels volunteers as they drive around town delivering meals so people can better see what they are trying to do/make it easier for them to temporarily park.

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

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

It taught me me to be much more patient with people of all ages.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It helps you to actually see the difference that you are making, so you feel great about your actions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first experienced Meals on Wheels West when I volunteered at their annual Havana Night fundraiser. Everyone was very friendly, and the event was great! Since, I have continued to work with Meals on Wheels West and still love the organization. The people who work there are fun-loving and caring. Everyone really cares about the clients served and it shows by the excellent work everyone does and their willingness to go overboard for the cause.

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

I have seen the look on clients faces when they see the Meals on Wheels West volunteer at their door with smiles and meals. Clients really appreciate the friendship and food!

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

Put Meals on Wheels West placards on the sides of the volunteers vehicles while they are out delivering meals.

 
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