A Campaign for Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
A single goal has guided Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Inc. (MOWMT) since the first known Tulsa delivery by a small group of parishioners at First Presbyterian Church in May of 1970. That goal is to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most influential social movements in northeast Oklahoma. MOWMT is currently serving thousands of seniors and others in virtually every community in the Tulsa Metropolitan Area.
We envision a center where our staff, volunteers, and community members can expand their work to help ensure no person in our community suffers from hunger or isolation and depression due to neglect.
THE FUTURE STARTS HERE
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa has served the Tulsa Metroplex for 50 years. We have been working in a 9,000 square foot facility near 31st and Garnett for the last 38 years. Because of limitations created by the facility’s size, we have to cap the number of unique clients served every year artificially.
In the first half of 2020, during the COVID-19 crisis, MOWMT responded immediately to our community’s needs. Shifting our 50-year delivery model to reduce illness spread, we delivered 436,405 additional meals to seniors and others isolated during the Safer-At-Home order.
Our volunteer corps expanded to more than 2,000 for the first time in its history. We developed and fully staffed our Care Navigation program. With a renewed sense of obligation to care for those who once cared for us, we embarked upon an aggressive reframe of the mission. The mandate? We need to expand the type of services offered to clients: provide additional meals to those at high risk, and build infrastructure to support our community’s growing needs.
The Delivering Hope Campaign will support the organization’s increasing infrastructure requirements, capital needs, endowment, and strategic reserve goals.
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa has delivered nearly 10 million meals to Tulsa and surrounding communities for the past 50 years.
TOGETHER, WE CAN DELIVER
Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa has purchased three acres of land. Two acres will be used to build the new center and one acre will be held in reserve for future development.
The 23,250 square foot facility will allow MOWMT to deploy additional staff to handle the current demand for much-needed services. The new building will include administrative offices, a volunteer training and deployment center, a collaboration space, a large state-of-the-art commercial kitchen with specialized cooling solutions, an expanded dry dock storage area, and our newest distribution site. The outdoors will be professionally landscaped with plenty of parking for volunteers.
The design and décor will aid the goal of creating a wholesome place to work and volunteer, while supporting seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes.
For more information, please contact
Calvin A. Moore, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa,
at 918-921-3579 or Calvin@MOWTulsa.org
Board of Directors
Becky Robins, Chair
Rocky Bright, Chair Elect
Karen Bouteller, Secretary
Jim Campos, Treasurer
Sarah Hansel, Chair
Jan and Chip Eames
Dr. Darryl DeBorde
Commissioner Karen Keith
Phil Lakin, Jr.
Sen. Kevin Matthews
Judy Eason Mcintyre
Joan and Jerry Parkhurst
Stuart C. Sullivan
Chief David Taylor
Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs
Chief Executive Officer
Calvin A. Moore