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Save the Date: 2019 Meals on Wheels Texas Conference Early Bird Registration Opens October 15

We hope you will join us at the 2019 Meals on Wheels Texas Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Austin from April 15-18. The preliminary agenda includes session tracks for More than a Meal service offerings, Volunteer Management, Leadership, and Development. We'll also be visiting with elected officials at the Capitol during the 2019 Legislative Session.
Starting October 15, you'll be able to reserve your hotel room and complete Early Bird Registration. A limited number of scholarships will be available for member organizations so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for more information on that opportunity.
 
We'll share more details as they are finalized. Can't wait to see you next April!

Member Benefits Advisory Committee


We are exploring additional benefits for our members, but we need your input! 

Would you like to be a part of the  Meals on Wheels Texas Advisory Committee that will explore these potential benefit opportunities such as discounted liability, property, and health insurance? If so, contact kiya@woollardnichols.com.  

Join a Meals on Wheels Texas Committee


Are you looking for way to be more engaged in our organization? We have three standing committees and each offers a unique opportunity for you to contribute. All of the meetings are virtual and you are welcome to join from the comfort of your office (or home!).

If you'd like to know more about our committees, or if you'd like to join, please email kiya@woollardnichols.com and she'll be happy to help.
  • The Membership Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. and is chaired by Grace Jackson.
  • The Sustainability Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. and is chaired by Susie Akers.
  • The Education Committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 2-3 p.m. and is chaired by Jim Snyder.

Don't miss these upcoming

Meals on Wheels Texas events!

Volunteer Management Webinar with Heather Patrick 

Managing volunteers presents both challenges and opportunities. This webinar will focus on the components of a strong volunteer management program. 

Heather Patrick will discuss the different components and how to utilize best practices for managing your program.

Topics include:

  • Program Structure
  • Goals/objectives
  • Identifying needs and volunteer opportunities
  • Recruitment-having the right tools, policies and procedures in place to recruit the best volunteers for your organization
  • Risk Management- importance of on-boarding, training, and policies
  • Retention- Recognition, evaluation, training and impact

This webinar will take place on September 20th at 2pm. 

Please send your questions in advance to info@mealsonwheelstexas.org.

Meals on Wheels Texas Regional Meetings

Please join us for the inaugural Meals on Wheels Texas Regional Meetings to be held via conference call on September 26th at 2pm!

Get to know other members in your region, discuss shared issues, and get a news update from a Meals on Wheels Texas Board Member. 

To register, click on your region (North, South, East, West, and Central) on this page and follow the instructions for registering. 

Texercise Webinar

Please join us for a webinar on the Texercise program on October 19th from 2:00-3:00pm hosted by Chelsea Couch, statewide coordinator for the Texercise initiative. 

Texercise is a statewide initiative operated by Texas Health and Human Services that aims to educate and engage older Texans and communities in healthy lifestyle behaviors.

This webinar will provide an overview of Texercise and the two programs the initiative offers to organizations and communities. The webinar will also cover how organizations and communities can implement a Texercise program in their area.

Register Now
 

Texans Feeding Texans Grant Applications 


It's that time of year: TDA started accepting applications on September 1, 2018 for the Texans Feeding Texans grant.  

The Texans Feeding Texans Home-Delivered Meal Grant Program was established to help supplement and extend current home-delivered meal programs for seniors and/or disabled Texans.  Governmental and non-profit agencies are eligible to apply for this grant program.
 
Click here for more information.

Register Now for the 2018-2019 Share The Love Event 

 
 
EARN UNRESTRICTED REVENUE FOR YOUR PROGRAM

For the 11th year in a row, Subaru of America has yet again invited Meals on Wheels to participate in its annual Share the Love Event! 
 
Held at the end of each year, Subaru donates $250 to a host of charitable partners – including Meals on Wheels – for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased, per customer selection. And, we want to share the revenue with Members that effectively promote Share the Love.

By participating, you can potentially earn thousands in unrestricted funds for your program!

While many details about this year's campaign are still in the works, we want to make sure you have the resources needed to start planning.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
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Sign up for the Share the Love Event Kick-Off Webinar. Join the Meals on Wheels America team on Wednesday, October 10th at 3:30 p.m. EST to learn what's new this year and how you can get involved.
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Register your participation in Share the Love! It's never too early to start planning and let us know you'll be participating. Remember: you don't need to have a relationship with a local Subaru retailer to take part and earn revenue for your program!
Register Now

 

NEW FACT SHEETS NOW AVAILABLE!


We're excited to share a new suite of 2018 National Fact Sheets that highlight the challenges facing vulnerable seniors across the country and demonstrate how Meals on Wheels is a critical part of the solution. For the first year ever, we've created three distinct documents that are designed to help you tell each important aspect of our compelling story. Use them individually or as a full set to help educate elected officials, grantors, potential donors and supporters.
 
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The Escalating Problem of Senior Hunger and Isolation - An overview of issues facing seniors in America, the consequences on their health and well-being, and the growing impact on the country at large.
Fact Sheet and Sources and Methods
 
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Delivering So Much More Than Just a Meal - A look at Meals on Wheels' unique service offerings and how they comprehensively and cost-effectively address issues facing vulnerable seniors. 
Fact Sheet and Sources and Methods
 
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How Meals on Wheels is Funded - A run-down of how the Meals on Wheels network is funded, demonstrating how this successful public-private partnership needs to be bolstered to keep up with rising demand for services.
 Fact Sheet and Sources and Methods

HHS Innovators in Aging Highlights
New Ways of Caring

If you know an innovative person, program, organization, community or technology that’s improving the lives of older adults, consider nominating them for the Innovators in Aging by Texas Health and Human Services at hhs.texas.gov/innovators-aging.

Innovators in Aging provides state-level recognition for innovations that affect older adults. By highlighting these innovators throughout the state, HHS hopes to inspire more communities to seek out better ways to serve older adults.
“The goal of the HHS Innovators in Aging is to highlight individuals, programs, organizations, and communities serving older adults in unique and effective ways across the state,” said Will Armstrong, HHS marketing director.
The award categories highlight the three components of the Age Well Live Well campaign at HHS: be healthy, be connected, and be informed. The campaign helps prepare older Texans, their family members, caregivers and Texas communities for all aspects of aging.
  • The “Be Healthy” category recognizes outstanding innovations that create opportunities for improved physical and mental health for older adults.
  • The “Be Connected” award highlights innovators who have created original ways for older adults to stay engaged.  
  • The “Be Informed” award highlights innovators who have created opportunities for older adults to learn about the supports and services available in the field of aging.  
“Due to the sheer size of the state, many communities and organizations may not be aware of innovative programs used by others to help older Texans,” Armstrong said. “The aim of this new awards program is two-fold: to share innovations, and to inspire Texans and their communities to better meet the needs of older adults.  

“Innovative technologies, programs, and organizations will be highlighted on the HHS website,” Armstrong said. “Those chosen will be given the opportunity to work with HHS to create tools and resources highlighting their innovations that detail how other organizations and communities can replicate program success.”
To be considered for the Innovators in Aging nominees must show a positive effect on older adults or the older adult industry in Texas. Some examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) new technologies that improve older adults’ quality of life, research on new methods to treat chronic conditions, community efforts to change the stigma of aging, and people who find creative ways to meet the needs of older adults. 

Nominations open May 7th and will be accepted through November.
 
To apply or learn more about the Innovators in Aging, visit hhs.texas.gov/innovators-aging, or email AgeWellLiveWell@hhsc.state.tx.us.
 
 
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