Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Meals on Wheels Shaker Heights, Beachwood and University Heights

Newsletter: Volume 9 – May 2019


Larry Kent is a lifelong Clevelander. He attended University School, did his undergraduate work at Connecticut Wesleyan, and attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Larry has practiced rheumatology at the University Suburban Health Center for 39 years, where he served on the Board. He is a member of the Arthritis Foundation, serving as medical liaison and volunteer. He is also a Member of the Academy of Medicine of Northern Ohio where he was a board member and President. Larry resides in Shaker Heights with his wife, Board member Joylen Kent. They have three grown children. Larry has experience treating elderly patients with arthritis and looks forward to being on the Board of Meals on Wheels. He knows that MOW helps ease the problems with activities of daily life experienced by many elderly patients living with arthritis.

Debbie White has lived in Shaker Heights for 31 years with her husband and three now grown children. Debbie received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Human Ecology, focusing on child development, and her M.Ed from the University of Illinois, focusing on early childhood education. As a stay-at-home parent, she was active in PTO, in Girl Scouting and on several nursery school boards. Debbie has been involved in her church community and for nine years was the Director of Parent’s Day.


Out, a preschool program at Plymouth Church. More recently, she became the office manager for a local author of children’s books. She enjoys baking, reading, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Debbie recently started volunteering for Meals on Wheels and is excited to be involved as a The children of the Universal Unitarian Congregation Board member. of Cleveland made beautiful Valentine’s bags for our subscribers. The bags were made during the regular Sunday School session. Younger children made the designs helped by older students who did the printing. Our subscribers tell us they always enjoy seeing colorful art work from children in our community.


Greater Cleveland Volunteers is a nonprofit agency that partners with more than 100 other nonprofit agencies in Cuyahoga County to promote volunteer opportunities for those age 18+. GCV has provided volunteers to us in the past, which we appreciate. The agency stopped by on a recent Wednesday to capture some of the action taking place at Meals on Wheels Shaker Heights/Beachwood. Dianna M. Kall, Communications Manager of GCV, says that showcasing volunteers in action helps tell the story for recruiting purposes. Not enrolled with Greater Cleveland Volunteers and interested in many different volunteer opportunities? You can do so at greaterclevelandvolunteers.org

MOW is always looking for volunteers, especially with summer vacation time on the horizon. You can contact us directly at 216-991-6376 or sign up through GCV. Here are some photos taken by Greater Cleveland Volunteers showing our volunteers hard at work.


We honored our volunteers with a luncheon on Valentine’s Day at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland. The tables were set with a Valentine theme including chocolate kisses. Board member Laura Rowan was in charge of food, which was delicious! A big thanks to all of the food contributors. The volunteers appreciated the opportunity to visit without the time crunch they usually experience during their regular volunteer shifts.

Many thanks to the City of University Heights Mosaic Magazine for publishing a story about our program titled “Meals on Wheels feeds body and soul.”

The article can be found on Page 16 of the Summer 2019 edition (click here to download a PDF of this edition of Mosaic Magazine). One focus of the article is the benefits volunteers receive from Meals on Wheels. If you would like to volunteer, please call 216-991-6376.


Amazon.com has a charitable arm – smile.Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase of eligible items is contributed to a charity of your choice. To sign up for this program, go to smile.amazon.com and choose Shaker Heights-Beachwood Meals on Wheels for your charitable donation. Then when you’re ready to shop, sign in on smile.Amazon.com and the contribution will be made automatically. What an easy way to contribute to Meals on Wheels!


Philanthropy is personal to each of us; it reflects our desire to positively impact the welfare of others through contributions of our resources. Have you ever considered Meals on Wheels as part of your Planned Giving? If you have, thank you. If you haven’t, we hope you will. 

Planned giving does not have to be complicated or difficult. Planned giving is the process of making a commitment to a charitable organization and making arrangements for contributions in the present or the future. Most frequently this is part of one’s financial or estate planning.

Bequest: One of the most popular planned giving vehicles is a bequest. This is a gift that will continue your legacy of supporting members of the community and is designated in your will or through your trust. These gifts come in many forms that may include personal property, retirement accounts, securities, and/or life insurance

Retirement Account Beneficiary: By designating Meals on Wheels Shaker Heights as your beneficiary, retirement account funds including IRA’s and company plans may be transferred to a charity at the time of one’s death. If you are 701⁄2 years old or older, you can satisfy part or all of your required minimum distribution requirement by donating directly from your IRA.

Donor-Advised Funds: Donor-advised funds are a charitable investment account with the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations of your choice. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund, you may be eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Funds can be invested for tax-free growth, and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity like Meals on Wheels Shaker Heights.

Charitable Remainder Trust: A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust that provides a stream of income for your family members for the term of the trust before the remaining assets are transferred to the designated charitable organization at the end of the trust.

There are many ways to contribute through Planned Giving, and we encourage you to meet with your wealth, financial, estate, and/or tax advisors to ensure that you select the planned giving option or options that best meet your needs and philanthropic goals. We hope that your Planned Giving includes support for Meals on Wheels so that we can continue to fulfill our mission.

Thanks for your consideration. Your generous support is much appreciated!


Big changes have occurred at the church where we prepare our meals. First Unitarian Church of Cleveland and Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland have reunified to form a new congregation. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland (UUCC) began operating as a new Unitarian Universalist congregation on Sunday, February 3rd. The new congregation is the result of more than 21 months of hard work and planning by the leadership and members of both congregations. These two groups previously operated as one congregation until 1951. We wish them well and look forward to continuing our long association with this faith community.

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