HBM Sponsorship Opportunities
Want to get your company involved in one of the fastest-growing meal delivery programs in Indiana and help your local community thrive?
Please consider an event sponsorship and follow the yellow brick road to “There is no place like Homebound Meals.” You can promote your business with a tax-deductible donation with many benefits including year-round publicity and community awareness. Another winning combination!
We have several options to meet your company's goals!
Ruby Slipper $2500
Fundraising Event – Happening Soon!
Homebound Meals will host its very first Virtual Silent Auction, fondly named, “There is No Place Like Homebound Meals.” So put on your ruby slippers and follow down the yellow brick road as we have fun and raise money for our Financial Assistance fund. Bidding will open Sunday, May 8 and end Sunday June 12. We are sure to have many gift possibilities for your favorite moms and dads in your life. Mom’s present might be a little late this year but oh so worth it since mom will know she is sharing her gift with the gift of meals for our most vulnerable people in our community! Every dollar from this auction will go directly to fund meals for our at-risk community. That’s a win-win-win in our books!
Where is this happening? Online! https://one.bidpal.net/noplacelikehomeboundmeals.
We're only days away before the bidding starts! New items will be released every Sunday until the auction ends.
Still can’t find anything you want? You can directly purchase meals for our clients and we will be happy to send an honor or a memorial gift card to your loved one!
Get on your mark, get set, bid, give and everyone will win!!!
Serving those in Need
We Need Your Help!
Since 1971, Homebound Meals has been delivering hot meals to homebound people in our community via a large group of volunteer drivers. We have grown to be one of the leading delivery programs in the state! We pride ourselves in making sure our clients are provided with medically tailored meals, designed to reduce the effects of their chronic diseases and maintain optimal health. Our goal is to give people the choice to live and recuperate safely at home.
In order to serve our clients, regardless of their ability to pay, Homebound Meals established a Financial Assistance fund to help subsidize meal costs for people in need. In the past few years there has been an increase in the percentage of clients that are in need of our help. Nearly 60% of our clients are now receiving substantial assistance. This is where we need YOUR help.
This year we are trying to raise $50,000 to add to our fund. Throughout the next seven months, Homebound Meals will host a series of events, big and small, and ways you can help! Here we will present opportunities for you to get involved, just look for the “Go” signs.
All proceeds from this campaign will be dedicated to subsidizing meals! No fluff, no fuss, just meals!
Remember, behind these special meals are very grateful people. Here are just a few:
“Homebound Meals provided much needed meals to my 96-year-old father. He was able to stay in his own home until the very end. You do a good service and he looked forward to the deliveries – thank you.” ~ Walter’s daughter
“I wanted to thank-you for delivering to my aunt. I am the only one she has, and I am in the military overseas. Your meals and checking on my aunt every day is reassuring for me. I really appreciate all that you do.” ~ Jessica's niece
Please join us on this journey!
Have you heard about the Amazon Smile program?
Here’s another way for you to raise funds for Homebound Meals by simply making one small change to something many of us are doing already, shopping online with Amazon!
Here’s the details:
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com:
Once you go to the website, you select the charity you want to support.
Now every time you shop on Amazon via the https://smile.amazon.com/ link, you are supporting Homebound Meals, INC of Fort Wayne!
Attention Kroger Shoppers
Today, I want to share with you an easy, simple way for you to give to Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne. It’s through the Kroger Community Rewards program and costs you nothing but about 3 minutes of your time.
Homebound Meals is enrolled as a qualified charitable organization in the Kroger Community Rewards program and by simply using your Kroger Plus Card, you are able to designate dollars to support Homebound Meals!
This is in addition to the points you already are personally earning and doesn’t effect the discounts you receive when you shop at Kroger.
All you need to do is enroll before you make your next shopping trip by following this link: https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow
Once you sign in, you simply look for Homebound Meals and select. We are organization 14602. This stays in place for as long as Kroger continues the Community Rewards!
We appreciate your continued support!
Whether you love shopping on eBay to find great deals or you’re a seller who loves to pass on treasures and great finds, now you can support Homebound Meals while you shop or sell!
First, for eBay sellers who would like to maximize their contributions, you can be a Direct Seller for Homebound meals. When you choose this option, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to us, plus your item listings are specially marked, calling attention to the listing. Your charity listings will include both the signature blue and yellow charity ribbon and a trust-inspiring “giving bar” that displays the Homebound Meals logo and mission statement to all prospective buyers, and listings will be displayed in the Homebound Meals Charity Shop. Those who wish to be Direct Sellers should contact us to get set up!
Another option for sellers to customize their contribution is to become a Community Seller. Community Sellers can donate up to 100% of your final sales price to support your chosen charities. You can customize the donation percentage and the charity you want to support for each individual listing. The minimum donation amount is 10% or $1 (or 1% for eBay Motors listings.) These listings will also be specially highlighted as charity items so buyers know you’re selling for a cause, and will also be displayed in the Homebound Meals Charity Shop. All sellers will receive a receipt for their donation from PayPal Giving Fund within a few weeks after their listings have sold.
Finally, you can always shop the items in the Homebound Meals Charity Shop, knowing your money is going toward items from sellers committed to donating all or part of the proceeds to our charity. Be sure to save the shop to your favorites so you can keep browsing as new items are added. You can also select the option to make an additional donation when you check out!
However you decide to contribute, Homebound Meals is grateful for your continued generosity to our aging in place community. Happy bidding!
Crafts & Cards from Kids!
Do you have little ones (or even bigger ones) at home who have been creating up a storm? We’d love to pass on your notes, drawings & paintings to our clients to keep up their spirits! We know these little things make such a big difference to help brighten their day and give them something to smile about.
You can send us any kind of flat, mailable artwork, notes, or cards your kids have created to us at:
Homebound Meals, Inc
611 West Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Or if you have a digital creation, please email it to us at: CaringArtforSeniors@gmail.com and we will print out your creations and send them to our clients for you!
This project will be ongoing throughout this time of crisis, so we deeply appreciate your creativity and thoughtfulness. We can’t wait to see what you create!
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes at Homebound Meals, Inc of Fort Wayne, with our small part-time staff and volunteers who make everything run (almost) like clock-work. However there is also a lot that goes on outside the organization, in our community.
This month we received a surprise announcement from Belmont Beverage that Homebound Meals was selected as this years charity for the 2018 Pappy Van Winkle Charity Auction to be held at 3718 E DuPont Road on January 25th from 6-8:30 pm. Homebound Meals Executive Director, Barb Umber, was unaware that we were even being considered until we received word from the husband of a volunteer H.B.M. driver who works for Belmont Beverage. Thank you, so much!
Now here’s the fun part and we need you to participate!
Plan on attending this fun event and bring your friends. And you can also spread the word to your friends and family, in-person, with a phone call, text, email and of course on Facebook.
Homebound Meals, Inc. Board Director, Peg Maginn, shares one of her holiday memories:
As a Director on the HBM Board, much of my service to the agency involves administrative work, such as maintaining financial accountability. However, each December I have the pleasure of assisting in the delivery of gifts to our homebound clients. These gifts are mostly basic daily living items, such as Kleenex, deodorant, a flashlight, etc., and are provided to those in need.
While picking out my silly costume for this year (an antler headband), I found myself thinking of a woman to whom I had delivered gifts in 2015. At forty, she was one of our younger clients. It was an unusual situation in that her health problems were directly related to severe obesity, which kept her both bedridden and homebound. We talked for a bit before I presented the gifts, and her very emotional response took me by surprise. She reached out to hug me, thanked me profusely and repeatedly, and declared this her “best Christmas ever”!
That a personal visit accompanied by a few simple gifts would have such an impact helped me appreciate that our service is not just about bringing food or gifts, but also fulfills the very real and important need we each have for human contact.
I’m very pleased to share the fact that this young woman no longer needs our services. Over approximately eighteen months she was able to modify her diet and overcome her health issues to the point where she is no longer homebound. Thanks to her and so many others, our volunteer drivers, staff, and directors have the satisfaction of knowing that whether the need for our medically appropriate meals is short or long term, our services make a significant difference in the life of each client. And that is their gift to us.
Need A Guest Speaker?
The Executive Director of Homebound Meals was asked to speak to the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club here in Fort Wayne on Wednesday December 6th. The members were engaged in learning more about Homebound’ s local efforts and a few potential volunteer drivers came forward.
If you have a club or organization and are looking for a passionate energetic speaker, call the office at 260.422.3296 and ask for Barb Umber. In her words, “I love to speak to groups anytime – anywhere!”