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ORGANIZATION: Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC)

  • 5 people are interested

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC) is recruiting two new board members who have experience with fundraising, corporate relations, community outreach, and more.

Who You Are

A passionate and committed individual who is interested in supporting the delivery of nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Alameda County.

Our History

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County was founded in 1987 (as Countymeals-on-Wheels) and is a non-profit 501(c)3, governed by a Board of Directors and administered by an Executive Director. Meals on Wheels of Alameda County serves as an umbrella organization to the 6 independent Meals on Wheels delivery programs throughout the county that prepare and deliver nearly 3,200 meals to homebound seniors every delivery day. Our Meals on Wheels programs can be found here .

Our Mission

To assist frail, homebound seniors to maintain their independence by fundraising and providing financial support, community outreach and strategic assistance to Meals on Wheels programs in Alameda County that deliver nutritious meals and perform wellness checks.

Our Vision

A community that has ended senior hunger.


  • Demonstrated breadth and depth of leadership & fundraising experience;
  • Integrity and high ethical standards;
  • Sufficient time to devote to MOWAC's business as a member of the Board;
  • Ability to comply with the Board's Code of Conduct; and
  • Demonstrated ability to think independently and work collaboratively.

Our Board Structure

The Board of Directors is comprised of at least 9 individuals, including four leadership officers:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

The Board of Directors meets 6 times a year in addition to the various standing committee meetings which include:

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Budget Surplus Committee ad-hoc

Board Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of board directors is to steward the organization’s strategic direction, resources, and policies in accordance with our mission and values to maximize fundraising revenue.

Uphold duties to MOWAC and its mission

  1. Understand, support, and promote MOWAC’s mission
  2. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  3. Avoid self-dealing. Avoid and admit to any conflicts of interest.
  4. Enhance the organization’s public standing by acting as an ambassador for the organization
  5. Review the organization’s strategic plan and adherence to that strategic plan
  6. Participate in a meal delivery route once every fiscal year to gain a firsthand appreciation of Meals on Wheels programs

Support MOWAC officers and staff

  1. Collaborate with the officers and staff of MOWAC to support their operation of the organization
  2. Evaluate officer performance and support officer leadership of MOWAC

Contribute to MOWAC’s financial success

  1. Make a personally meaningful financial contribution to the organizations. 10.Leverage personal and professional networks to procure financial gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
  2. Collaborate with fellow board members to procure partnerships and cultivate major donors.

Participate in the operation of the Board

  1. Assist the Board in executing its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization’s financial reports.
  2. Attend all Board meetings and associated meetings, and review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
  3. Serve on at least 2 Board Committees and take on special assignments, as necessary.

Maintain a successful Board of Directors

14. Build a competent Board that will articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluate its own performance.
15. Recommend potential members to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and organization.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors at Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, please complete a candidate questionnaire . Once your submission has been reviewed, our Executive Director Marisa Melo will follow up with you to discuss the position and your interest. Please reach out to us at or 510.777.9560 (voice/text) if you have any questions.

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About Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC)


1721 Broadway, 201, Oakland, CA 94612, US

Mission Statement

Meals on Wheels of Alameda County (MOWAC) financially assists five County Meals on Wheels (MOW) in feeding seniors. Each delivery day, 3,200 low-income, homebound seniors in Alameda County receive not only nutritious meals, but also warm smiles, companionship and safety/wellness checks from staff and volunteers of five local MOW service providers. Sometimes MOW delivery drivers are the only people our senior neighbors get to interact with all day. MOW is so much more than food for the body; it’s also the food of kindness to the soul. MOW gives our senior neighbors a helping hand and the care and compassion all human beings deserve. MOW enables them to retain their independence and stay in their homes, where they want to be. Without support from MOWAC, local MOW programs would have to decrease their service level, seniors in need would be placed on waiting lists and some programs would have to close their doors entirely. In short, MOWAC staves off senior hunger in Alameda County.



  • 1 in 6 seniors--our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles--goes hungry each day.
  • Locally, 2/3 of our clients are over the age of 75 and 1/3 are over 85.
  • More than 1/2 live alone making isolation, loneliness and depression extremely common.
  • 1/3 are recuperating from a recent hospital stay.
  • Most are living with some chronic condition that impacts their ability to do basic daily activities (i.e., shopping, cooking, etc.) and limits their mobility.
  • The vast majority live at or below the poverty line.
  • 60% of senior women face hunger.
  • More younger seniors under 70 are currently facing hunger.
  • African American seniors are 132% more likely to face hunger than there white counterparts. Hispanic seniors are 131% more likelfy to face hunger than non-Hispanic seniors.
  • Hunger threat for divorced/separated seniors is two and a half times greater than for married seniors. The threat greatly increases if the senior is raising their grandchild.

For a total cost of $9 per meal, homebound seniors can receive daily nutritious meals.


Board Development
Board Development, Hunger, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


1721 Broadway #201Oakland, CA 94612



  • Budgeting
  • Reporting & Dashboards
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Relationship Building




  • Orientation or Training
  • Your two year commitment will include board meetings six (6) times a year and bi-monthly or weekly committee meetings (Committees: Executive, Finance, Development, & Governance as well as any necessary ad-hoc committees)

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