brought to you by
Meals on Wheels and
Senior Outreach

Welcome New Volunteers
Words We Live By
We Need You!
Tributes and Memorials
Leave A Legacy
Available Resources
Awards and Recognition
MOWSOS Anniversary Gala
A Habit of Giving
Friendly Visitors
C. C. Café
Picnic Thank Yous
About Town

Meals on Wheels

Raylinn Bianchi
Jennifer Diaz
Lucy Eger
Michele Hayes
Melissa Hilal
Bill Hoban
Jeff Mansfield
Dianne McKenzie
Don Perez
Ron Perez
Lisa Price
Marianne Ryan
James Sugay
Mary Ann Trujillo

C. C. Cafés

Miljana Mijanovic

Friendly Visitors

Pam McGill
Barbara Pratt
Maranda Garnett
Margy Brenner
Beverly Hunt
Michelle Carmichael

Office Volunteers

MaryAnn Trujillo
Dianne McKenzie
Michelle Hayes


"This is to thank you for your very wonderful meals provided in my house every week. It is truly appreciated. NO MORE MALNUTRITION!

I want to specially acknowledge Danielle Reed. What a wonderful, giving, dedicated person serving indigents like me. She was so supportive and understanding and patient.

 Once again, thank you".

Mabel, Antioch Meals on Wheels client

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:

Elaine Clark
Concord CC Cafe
Helen Hahre
Judy Mears
J. C. Snyder
   Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services recently received donations
in memory of these individuals.

Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of:

Rudolph Cisar
Joan Carlson
Rudolph Cisar
Louise Clark
Angela (Angie) Clemons
Bruce Garner
Lester H. Kukuk
Heather Metcalf
Shawn Morrissey
Mary G. Murray
Beverly Napier
Norma "Bubby" Silver
Denise D. Spyrow
Virginia Opena Swezey


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!

'It Made Me Happy': Lafayette Boy, 7, Skips Birthday Gifts to Raise Funds for Meals on Wheels


Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Will Affect City's Seniors


Danville Today News
Birthday Ladies


CPTV Student Video
Kids Rally for Seniors - March for Meals Community Marches


 East County Times
Celebrating Volunteers Helping Needy Seniors  
Good Neighbors Column

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

Please contact Erica Marcus at
or 925-937-8315.
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 6
April 2017

Politically charged incidents are occurring all around us on a daily basis.  Tensions are high as decisions are made at all levels of government. 

No organization is more aware of the possible consequences of upcoming votes on the budget and healthcare than MOWSOS. But remember this, we are all in this together. In order to pull through, we must pull together. 

When reading the many stories of unselfish volunteerism, gratitude, and support in this newsletter, remind yourself of the many blessings that come in all types of packages, and remember that sometimes people do good simply for the sake of doing good.

 Making a Difference
Marcus Makes a Money Box

For the staff of MOWSOS, Tuesday, May 22nd, was a typical day. It was late afternoon and all were scrambling to finish their tasks for the day. When Lafayette mom Amy Yakaitis walked into the office with kids Gretchen and Marcus in tow, all wondered at the surprise visitors.

Marcus, Amy explained with a smile, had seen video footage of the MOWSOS "March for Meals" march held in downtown Walnut Creek, and he was motivated to help seniors - just like the kids he saw in the video.

Marcus counts his donation at the MOWSOS office.

Marcus turned 7 on May 5th, and when friends and family asked in advance what presents were on his wishlist, the answer made his parents very proud. Marcus decided that instead of gifts he wanted to collect money to donate to MOWSOS. 

Marcus with sister Gretchen... and his money box!
On May 22nd, Marcus, his mom Amy and his sist er Gretchen brought huge smiles, a heartwarming surprise, and $250 to the Walnut Creek office of MOWSOS. Sta ff lucky enough to be on site took photos of the family and the box Marcus designed to hold his donation.

The old adage about good things coming in small packages has proven itself in Marcus, and we at MOWSOS couldn't be more grateful! Amy, Gretchen and Marcus - we thank you, and we are inspired by your generosity! read our social media posts about Marcus and his donation and published a story as well. 
Click here to read the article.
MOWSOS 50th Anniversary Gala
Save the Date!
In 2018 Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services will have supported the needs of Contra Costa County seniors for 50 years!

We are planning to recognize this significant anniversary with a celebratory gala, and you can help! Planning has begun and committees are forming. If you have event planning or fundraising experience and would like to support this exciting event, please let us know. If you are not able to get involved but still want to attend, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, 2018. More information and invitations to follow.

For more information about tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or other ways you can be involved, please contact Susannah Meyer at 925-239-2487 or 
A Habit of Giving
Being Involved is a Blessing

For more than 14 years, the Outreach Committee of St. Perpetua Catholic Church in Lafayette has been supporting Meals and Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS). The church is dedicated to building an inclusive community. They actively support many community organizations.

Joan Liston, left, Kitty Locke, right.
We recently visited with two members of the church's Outreach Committee to thank them and find out more about the work that they do.
Kitty Locke has worked with the Outreach Committee for 25 years. "We develop and implement programs of service, action and financial aid for those who suffer and are in need," Kitty explained. "We collect food and goods, volunteer to cook and serve dinners to the homeless, keep in touch with community organizations and their work and donate funds to many of those organizations. Each Outreach Committee member is a liaison with two or three community groups. It really is fulfilling work."

Joan Liston, the Outreach Committee's liaison with MOWSOS agreed. "Being involved and being connected to community and the Outreach Committee in particular is a blessing."

Click here to read more of this story.

For more information about investing in MOWSOS, contact Erica Marcus at or 925-937-8315.
Friendly Visitors
Celina and Tannya - It Just Clicked

Three months isn't a long time for a close friendship to develop,  but sometimes people just click. For volunteer Tannya and 'friend' Celina, they clicked when they first met three months ago. 

Left to right, Celina and Tannya
Tannya and Celina met through the MOWSOS Friendly Visitors Program, which matches volunteers with local seniors at risk of isolation.  With very different yet similar backgrounds, the two always have a lot to talk about. 

Tannya is a full-time Biological Science student at Los Medanos College - living at home with three generations of family members. She wants to be a pediatrician and has a multitude of volunteer experiences in a variety of areas. When asked what she likes about volunteering for the Friendly Visitors Program, she says, "Being able to learn about different people and their different lifestyles as they grow [old] is life changing for me because I'm still growing... it widens my expectations of how I should live my life."

Celina, whose large family is evidenced by the many photos decorating her home, shares that she learned about Friendly Visitors from her sister, who had researched services available to seniors in East County. She talks about the numerous changes she has experienced since moving to America at age 23 from Portugal. 

Click here to read more of this story.

For more information about the Friendly Visitors Program, please contact Cynthia Black at or 
C. C. Café
Philippines Independence Day

The Bay Point C.C. Café at the Ambrose Community Center was joyous in celebration a few days ago. People were singing, dancing, sharing food and stories. The diverse crowd of seniors was honoring Araw ng Kalayaan, or Philippines Independence Day. The June 12th holiday commemorates the Philippines' independence from colonial Spain.

Evelyn Baclit started at the C.C. Café as a volunteer and is now the café manager. "The C.C. Café is like a family," says Evelyn. "We do many events with entertainment here... and the holidays are always special. As a Filipino-American myself I am particularly happy today. It is so important to remember and share our Independence Day. We were conquered by so many people in the past and it is important for everyone to share stories celebrating freedom."

During the festivities, a group of café volunteers and guests joined Evelyn to sing Lupang Hinirang, the Filipino national anthem.
Click here to watch their moving performance of the anthem!

C.C. Cafe guests enjoying their celebration!
DJ Charles Morris, aka DJ Watergate Services, keeps the guests entertained at the cafe!
For more information about enjoying lunch at a C.C. Café, please contact Bonnie Paulson at or 925-357-9706.
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Thank You!
Our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, held June 8th at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek was a great success!
MOWSOS staff and Capital One event volunteers
Well over 200 MOWSOS staff, event volunteers, dignitaries and volunteer guests enjoyed a delicious lunch, Hawaiian-themed decorations and entertainment... and not a drop of rain! 
Wells Fargo event volunteers

We would like  to say a big THANK YOU one more time to our many supporters - sponsors, food and raffle prize donors, event volunteers, and those who came to honor our Volunteers of the Year:
CPTV teacher Paul Renaud and students Luca Giannini, Ryan Hood, Tanner Ledin, Hannah Lee, and Dare Miller.
Left to right: Tanner Ledin, Ryan Hood, Mr. Paul Renaud, Hannah Lee, Dare Miller. Photo courtesy of Lisa Franklin Photography

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

 About Town

Left to right, MOWSOS staff Nancy Raniere, Janett Tong, Linda Kircher and Robert Romo (and background staff!) welcoming guests to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.  

Senior District Representative  for State Senator Steven Glazer, George Escutia dances the warrior hula with dancer from Island Breeze Entertainment at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. 
Walnut Creek Mayor Rich Carlston gives a proclamation at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.

Left to right, Care Management team members Nick Weber, Director of Care Planning Rosa Loya, Samantha Lopez, Nazia Chand enjoy the picnic.
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic guests enjoyed a day of food, entertainment and great weather. Thanks to all who came and to all who supported the event!  
Volunteer Specialist Tracey Blackmore attended the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District Rooftop Reception and thanked Board President Emmanuel O. Ogunleye for District Directors' generous support of MOWSOS. Photo courtesy of  Eric Akeson and Akeson Design.
Senior Rally Day was well attended at the state capitol in support of the Older Californians Act and Older Americans Month.