We are so grateful for the love shown to our seniors this Valentine's Day. Volunteers hand made hundreds of cards to deliver to clients with their meals. Volunteers also went to our Neighborhood Senior Centers and Adult Day Health Center to play games and sing songs with our seniors--who dressed in red and white to celebrate the occasion.
Meals On Wheels Atlanta welcomes Shannon Courtney as the new Director of Special Events. She is responsible for managing all of our fundraising events--A Meal to Remember, Sunday Suppers, Golf Tournament, Santa for Seniors and Celebrate the Plate. Shannon has worked in the non-profit world for the last 8+ years. She worked at Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) from 2007-2016. She served on the Leadership Team at ARMHC as their Special Events Director for the past two years and has worked on the Events Team since 2008. She has also directed and managed the Volunteer Management Program and the Young Professionals Group. During her time at ARMHC, Shannon was involved in two Capital Campaigns raising more than $34 million to expand capacity at the two local facilities from 27 bedrooms to 81 bedrooms. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 2002.
Shannon lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two children. Shannon stays very busy with her family, friends and staying active with her neighborhood and community.
Get your tickets now for Celebrate the Plate, our 2nd annual event hosted by the MOWA Young Professional Board. Click here to buy your tickets.
How would Wilma Khalil describe herself in one word? Blessed. Wilma has been a resident of Atlanta longer than MARTA, and she has no complaints. She doesn’t even mind the traffic—she says she likes to take her time. She finds joy in the simple things, such as delicious fried chicken, playing computer games and going to church. The happiest day of her life so far is every day she wakes up with a sound mind and able body. She believes in forgiveness, because hatred leaves no room for compassion.
It is her gentle and patient nature that makes her such an incredible volunteer in Adult Day Health, our center for clients with Alzheimer's and dementia. Her journey with MOWA started in 2007 with meal delivery--inspired by the fact that her mother used to receive them. However, she truly found her calling in Adult Day Health. She says, “You have to get rid of your sense of self and help someone else.” Her favorite thing about volunteering is the joy of helping people and she aims to spread that love evenly between all of her clients.
Our Meals On Wheels Atlanta interns participated in our New Horizons Neighborhood Senior Center's Black History Month event, in collaboration with students from a local high school. Activities included singing and dancing, presentations, food, fun and laughter. The event highlighted the notable accomplishments of several African American historical figures while strengthening the ties between Meals On Wheels Atlanta and the surrounding community.