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Meals on Wheels and
Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
We Need You!
Tributes and Memorials
Leave A Legacy
Upcoming Events
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
MOWSOS Anniversary Gala
A Habit of Giving
Fall Prevention
C. C. Café
Healthy Bites
About Town

Meals on Wheels

Allison Nimmo
Janet Weber
Julie Carges
Lisa Price
Connie Book
Nancy Kumasaka
Janet Balousek
Catherine Golden
Ellen Jannetta
Kimberly Walker-Thurmond
Tami Mandeville
Brian Locke
Shari Taufer
Lynn Bartle
Nancie Long
Christine Rose
May Shih
Andrea Davidson
Vickie Gregg
Helga Lininger
Suzanne Lyons
Shelly Lee
Alain Karet

C. C. Cafés

Cathy Copeland
Alicia Regueiro
Nydia Regueiro
Sally Van Slyke
Spencer Dress
Zohreh Dastgheyb

Friendly Visitors

Angelica Lopez
Kary Lopez
Leonard Wharton
Lisa Tarman
Cady Child


"Dear Birthday Ladies:

Thank you for your hard work and making sure that all members of our community receive an extra special birthday. This recognition speaks to both your commitment to civic leadership and your dedication to serving the community. You should be commended on your service.

Warm regards,

Catharine B. Baker
16th District

East County -
We Need You!

East County cities of Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg are in dire need of regular and substitute Meals on Wheels volunteer delivery drivers!

If you have two hours/one day per week, you can make a difference in the life of an East County senior. 

Meals are picked up in Antioch weekdays around 10am, and routes typically take about 2 hours to complete. You can pick the day that works best for you! 

To learn more about volunteering for MOWSOS, please contact Volunteer Specialist Tracey Blackmore at 925-954-8736 or at
Click here  to go to the MOWSOS website.

Click here to complete an online volunteer application.
 Thank you so much for your support!


Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations in honor of:

Concord C.C. Café
Paul Gee
Oscar Lottman
Charles Tumelty
Barbara Rosenberg's 85th Birthday
Audrey Zain's 85th Birthday
   Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:

James P. Butler, Jr.
Rudolph Cisar
Geraldine Fink
Shawn Morrissey
Beverly Napier
Norma "Bubby" Silver
Virginia Opena Swezey
Lester H. Kukuk


When completing your shopping on Amazon, use Amazon Smile and pick Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to our organization.

Make your purchases count, visit!


Around Danville: Kiwanis Club Presents Annual Grants 

On Front Lines of Heat Wave, Home-aid Workers Become Lifeline

Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Will Affect City's Seniors


As a 501(c)3, we are eligible to receive bequests.

Please contact Erica Marcus at
or 925-937-8315.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 27
Clarion Hotel
1050 Burnett Avenue,

Thursday, July 27
Todos Santos Plaza,

Lafayette Senior Symposium

Saturday, August 5
Lafayette Elementary School
950 Moraga Road,

Tuesday, August 15

Oakley City Hall
Merlot Conference Room
3231 Main Street,

Fall Prevention Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser and Health Fair

Sunday, October 1
8:30 am - 11:00 am
233 Gregory Lane,
Pleasant Hill

Available Resources

Contra Costa County Information & Assistance

Contra Costa Crisis Center
Advisory Council on Aging
 Get Your Vaccinations

 Contra Costa Health Services Department
Contra Costa Crisis Center

Awards and Recognition

If you have suggestions for our newsletter or would like to contribute a quote, photo, or story, please contact:

Susannah Meyer

Community Engagement Officer

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services

925-937-8311 x104

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

1300 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Issue 5, Volume 7
July 2017
The heat is on! Summer is a time to stay hydrated, take vacations, and for some - get things done. This has been the case for many of our volunteers and supporters. One example is our newest County Supervisor, Diane Burgis and her staff person Dawn Morrow. 

MOWSOS has been trying to find space to bring much needed services to the residents in Far East Contra Costa. This week, with the Supervisor's help we were able to secure space in Oakley where we can meet with clients and bring additional supports to low-income seniors. Creative thinking and many people coming together, including the City of Oakley and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce, are getting things done.

Together we can make a difference!

MOWSOS 50th Anniversary Gala
A Habit of Giving
No Stumbling Stones to Giving Back

Published novelist, Julie Freestone didn't know what to expect after she retired. "I loved my working life. My work as a newspaper reporter and doing communications for the county health department was challenging and gratifying. To my surprise, retirement has been an amazing adventure. I have more time to write but now I also have more time to

Julie Freestone with husband Rudi Raab and the novel they co-wrote.
support programs in the community that I care about with donations as well as volunteer work."

One of the organizations Julie supports is Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services. She explained why. "There is so much work to do! I care about immigrant rights, civil rights, health care for seniors, narrowing wage disparity, but I always circle back to food and shelter programs. If people don't have food to eat or a roof over their head, we will not get anywhere as a society."

Since retiring, Julie and her husband Rudi Raab, a retired Berkeley police officer, have also had time to finish the novel they had been crafting which traced the relationship between the daughter of Jewish immigrants and the son of a high-ranking Nazi. The result is a page-turning mystery-romance, inspired by their personal story. Check it out at

For more information about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus at or 925-937-8315.
Fall Prevention
Pancakes for Fall Prevention

Buy your tickets now for our annual Fall Prevention Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser and Health Fair on Sunday, October 1st. Proceeds from this event enable us to increase home modifications, proven to reduce falls for our senior clients.

If you are interested in being a part of this impactful fundraiser, see the attached sponsorship package to find the level that is right for your company. This form can also be used to purchase tickets or donate a raffle prize. Assistance with ticket sales and advertising is greatly appreciated. *Sponsorship fees and donations are tax deductible.

We broke an attendance record last year, let's see if we can do it again!

Click here for event sponsorship, donation, and ticket form.

For more information about the Fall Prevention Program, please contact Alayne Balke at 925-891-4761 or
C. C. Café
Happy Anniversary Katie!

This month marks a very special anniversary for Katie Chumbley. Katie is the C.C. Cafe Site Manager for our Concord cafe, and she is celebrating 30 years in this position!

Katie recalls starting her work at the Concord Senior Center many years ago, but still expresses surprise at this significant landmark. Nutrition Services Division Manager Sharon Fitzgerald and C.C. Cafe Program Manager Bonnie Paulson congratulated her with flowers and a card on her special day. Katie was quite surprised, saying,  "I knew it was a while, but I had no idea it was 30 years!" 

When asked what part she has enjoyed most about her job, she replies, "It's the people! There are good things and bad things but my favorite is the people. You meet a lot of people and most are pretty nice." She continues, "If I can, I plan to stick around a while." Katie, we certainly hope you do!

Left to right, Bonnie Paulson, Katie Chumbley, Sharon Fitzgerald

For more information about enjoying lunch at a C.C. Café, please contact Bonnie Paulson at or 925-357-9706.
MOWSOS Taking Part in National Campaign

One in four local Meals on Wheels programs across the country has a waiting list of hungry seniors who need to be fed, but lack the funding to do anything about it. As Congress continues its discussions around the federal budget, all of us - Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services staff and volunteers, our elected officials and our community as a whole - must collectively ask Congress to #SaveLunch by protecting and increasing federal Meals on Wheels funding.

To get involved in this #SaveLunch campaign, visit, where you'll find a few easy actions you can take:

1. Retweet: Tweet at key decision-makers in Congress and ask them to protect Meals on Wheels and #SaveLunch.
Don't let our seniors face empty plates, #SaveLunch!

2. Skip Lunch: Share a photo of an empty lunch plate on social media and tag it with "#SaveLunch" to show solidarity with millions of hungry seniors.*   

3. Tell Congress: Email individual Members of Congress with a pre-populated message defending the value of Meals on Wheels. You can also use Meals on Wheels America's Find Your Elected Officials tool to identify your Members of Congress' contact information.

*Watch Meals on Wheels America's videos on Twitter and Facebook to see how you can post your plate photo.

We hope you can join us to ensure that no senior faces an empty plate. Together, we can #SaveLunch.

You can like Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
MOWSOS staff bringing attention to the #SaveLunch campaign.

If you have any questions about the #SaveLunch campaign, please contact Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Officer, at (925) 239-2487 or .
Updating Records
Please Help Us to Better Serve You

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services is moving to a new database to better serve our constituents and to improve our communications.

If you currently receive your monthly newsletter with a generic "Greetings" salutation, please take a minute and respond to this email with your first and last name so that we can update our mailing list and keep you informed of issues and advocacy opportunities that relate to Contra Costa County seniors!

If you have any questions, please contact  Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Officer, at (925) 239-2487 or .

We appreciate your continued support!
Healthy Bites
Protect Yourself in the Heat

In a recent article, AARP shared tips from the CDC about how to stay cool and healthy in extreme heat. The article gave specific recommendations for people over the age of 65.
*Don't rely solely on a fan to keep you cool during a heat wave, and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. 
*Drink more water than usual, and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
*Check on friends and neighbors during heat waves, and have someone do the same for you.
*Don't use the stove or oven to cook - it will make you and your house hotter.
*Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
*Take cool showers or baths.
*Check the local news for health and safety updates.
*Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you are caring for has symptoms of heat-related illness.

Click here to read more of the AARP article.
Click here for a list of cooling centers in Contra Costa County.
 About Town

MOWSOS staff posing with Give Something Back Workplace Solutions' Mark Patenaude and the generous donation voted on by the company's customers. Thanks GSB and all those who voted - you made our day!

C.C. Cafe Walnut Creek guests, MOWSOS staff, and representatives from Rimini Street posing with a "big check". Prior to making their donation, Rimini staff acted as volunteers for the day - serving meals and helping with clean up and visiting with guests at the cafe! 
Left to right, Rimini Street staff Cam Sobalvarro, Janet Lee, Randi Rizzari, Ryan Triplette, and Julie Asregadoo. Julie, also a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, nominated MOWSOS for this award. Thanks, Julie!
Meals on Wheels volunteer Sharon Uffindell delivering meals and smiles during summer break with grandson Finn. Thanks for sharing family time with our clients!
Left to right, Eagle Scout Christian DaMoude, BSA Troop 91, and Rodeo C.C. Site Manager, Steve Longenbohn stand in front of the project that earned Christian his rank. Thanks Christian!
Steve Longenbohn inspects Rodeo cafe's old storage closet before Christian's project begins.
The finished product. Clean, sturdy shelving and a lot more room. What a great job Christian did!
Left to right, Volunteer Specialist Tracey Blackmore, Concord Councilmember Tim McGallian, and Donor Relations Manager Erica Marcus attend the annual Dana Estates Night Out event in Concord.
Meals on Wheels Program Manager Nancy Raniere is joined by guest golfers at the Danville Chamber Aloha Golf Tournament at Blackhawk Country Club. Thanks to TNT Carpet Cleaning for donating our booth!