Ribbon Cutting with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce

Courtesy of DON rEILLY

Courtesy of DON rEILLY

On January 30th we celebrated our volunteers and 50 years of service with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce

If you are on Facebook, checkout the post on the Loveland Chamber page. It was a great event that was captured in wonderful images by Don Reilly with DJRImaging. Below are a few select images courtesy of Don Reilly. All the photos from the event can be viewed in this gallery

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud Month

On Tuesday, January 16th  the City Council of Loveland declared January 2018 to be

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud Month!

And January 16th, 2018 as Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud 50th Anniversary Kickoff.

Download and read the entire proclamation in PDF format.

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS,   The City of Loveland recognizes the importance of nourishing and enriching the lives of homebound individuals with nutritious meals and daily contact by caring volunteers; and

WHEREAS,   The senior population in Colorado is increasing by 6% each year, and as our population continues to age, needs increase as well; and

WHEREAS,   Between 2010 and 2015 the senior population in Loveland increased by 41%, and as our population continues to age, needs increase as well; and

WHEREAS,   Nearly 300 meals are delivered to Loveland homebound residents daily, in 2017 an estimated 100,000 meals will be prepared; and

WHEREAS,   Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud volunteers deliver nutritious meals  and provide daily contact for our homebound population, helping those in need to maintain independence, and premature institutionalization; and

WHEREAS,   Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud has been serving our communities for 50 years; and

WHEREAS,   To continue feeding those in need, Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud will commence a year-long celebration to share our story of impact and purpose with our community, and to further expand our reach;

Now, Therefore, we, the City Council of Loveland, do hereby declare January 2018 as

MEALS ON WHEELS OF LOVELAND AND BERTHOUD MONTH

And January 16, 2018, as

MEALS ON WHEELS OF LOVELAND AND BERTHOUD 50TH ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF

In the City of Loveland, Colorado and ask the citizens of this community to help raise awareness about the importance of providing nutritious meals and daily contact for our homebound citizens.

Signed this 16th day of January, 2018

Jacki Marsh, Mayor

2018 Marks Our 50th Anniversary

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In June of 1968, Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud served its first meals. Eleven meals to be exact. It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since those early days. We are so proud of what this organization has accomplished since 1968.

How best to adequately thank and recognize all those who have been a part of this journey over the years? Let’s try to imagine how many nutritious meals have been served throughout our community since opening day. This year alone we’ll be serving just under 100,000 meals! Just think of the impact these meals and daily contact have had in people’s lives.

How many remarkable volunteers - past and present - have volunteered their time, enthusiasm, and love for this organization. Drivers, kitchen helpers, administrative assistants, and the invaluable support and direction of our volunteer board members throughout the years. Every volunteer has, in their own way, made an indelible mark upon this organization.

Think of all the supporters in our community and elsewhere - those who have generously donated without hesitation year after year, and the foundations and organizations who have provided critical funding over the years. These sources of funding provide the very groundwork of our efforts.

Our dedicated staff members who have worked tirelessly over the years: kitchen, administrative, and executive directors. Fifty years with each person leaving their imprint upon this organization - everyone has been a part of this incredible evolution.

We hope you will share our story of impact and purpose with your neighbors, family and friends, and colleagues.

We’d like everyone to join with us as we unveil memorable ways to celebrate our 50th in 2018. We encourage you to remain or become active in our organization in your own way.

Our mission of providing nutrition, promoting independence and enriching lives at Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud could not be more important or relevant, so we ask “won’t you join us as we begin our next 50 years?”
 

The Next Fifty

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Over the last six to eight months we have had  a lot of healthy discussion about our 50th anniversary in 2018. It seems every week I meet someone who tells a story that helps me see the incredible impact our organization has in our community over the years. Now is a perfect time to look back at what has been accomplished, and to plan strategically for years to come.

We will celebrate our 50th anniversary throughout the course of the entire year. I won’t share all the details just yet, but we have set our sights on dramatically increasing awareness of Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud. We are planning monthly events (large and small) that should be fun and appealing to a wide variety of people. The one piece I will share is that we are planning a signature dinner event in mid-June that is shaping up to be one of the coolest dining experiences I have ever heard about. 

Our 50th year will be more than just events and get togethers. Our goal is to inform and engage everyone we touch about how you, our volunteers, donors, and supporters, have helped tens of thousands of our neighbors over the past 50 years live nourished lives with independence and dignity. And we will continue this mission going forward with your help. 

If you are part of a community organization, or belong to a club, church, or business that would benefit by learning exactly how we help so many people stay independent, we would love the opportunity to speak to your group about our program. 

Simply put, please call us: 970-667-0311.  Let’s set up a time to get together. No matter the group size, let’s collaborate together to continue building this organization’s legacy for the next fifty years. 

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