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Tickets on sale now for Meals on Heels: A Roaring Holiday Event!

We’re combining our two signature fundraisers – Meals on Heels and the Holiday Home Tour – into one fabulous event this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 4, and plan to join us for a fun, festive evening of 1920s glamour to support Ypsilanti’s homebound neighbors at Meals on Heels: A Roaring Holiday. This ...

Coming soon! Cooking night with Miss Kim

YMOW is teaming up with the talented folks at Miss Kim in Ann Arbor for a virtual cooking class that is sure to stimulate the mind, imagination and taste buds.  The class is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, with food pickup between 4 and 6 p.m. Your ticket price will include all ingredients ...

Volunteer shares call to nursing with Meals on Wheels

YMOW volunteer Jackie Reid was approaching senior citizen status herself when she finally realized her dream of earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing. For her final thesis paper, Jackie chose to write about the unmet needs of the senior population – something that has long been a focus for her as a health professional. Today, ...

YMOW preparing volunteer of quarter for a lifetime of service

As a sociology student at University of Michigan, Kailey Whitted is preparing for a lifetime of service to others. And as a volunteer for Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels, she’s getting firsthand exposure to the needs of the community and the ways she and others can help. As part of a University of Michigan class called ...

Couple’s dedication to YMOW lives on through endowment fund

Jim and Marla Gousseff’s dedication to YMOW and their homebound neighbors lives on through gifts to six Ypsilanti organizations, including Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels will received a $200,000 endowment from The James W. (Jim) and Marla J. Gousseff Fund, part of a $1.8 million estate gift to the Ypsilanti Area Community ...

Keegen Carty is YMOW’s new office manager

YMOW’s new office manager, Keegen Carty, literally learned of YMOW’s impact on the community from the ground up. While working at Frog Holler Farm, Keegen became aware of Food Gatherers, and in turn, the produce that is donated to Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels each week. “I’m a big believer in everyone having access to nutritious ...

Volunteer of Quarter feels blessed to serve

Since first signing on as a YMOW volunteer in 1995, Bob Nowlan has delivered thousands of meals, met hundreds of people, made dozens of friends and taken countless bags of garbage to the curb.  “I don’t know how much garbage I’ve taken out over the years,” said Bob, but he does know that each of ...

Record number of meals delivered in 2020

The year 2020 certainly came with its challenges, not only for YMOW, but also for those we serve. As older adults and people with health issues took steps to stay at home, demand for Meals on Wheels spiked. Meanwhile, our volunteer pool dwindled. But thanks to YMOW’s dedicated staff and a small but hard-working corps ...

Staff, volunteers spread holiday cheer!

Thanks to generous donations from Domino’s Pizza, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and YMOW supporters, every YMOW client was treated to a bag of gifts this holiday season. Blankets, word puzzle books, pet toys and hand sanitizer were among the bounty of items distributed in celebration of the holidays. ...

For Volunteer of the Quarter, visits are more important than ever

Vera Felk-Spraetz looked forward to her weekly visits with the folks on her mini route just as much as the clients looked forward to her knock on their door each Wednesday. Then, everything changed. The new distancing rules and the need for a mask wasn’t the hard part, Vera said. The hard part was and ...
 

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