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Empty Bowls 2016

EB 2016 poster The 10th Annual Empty Bowls Event is coming up on April 16, starting at 5:30 pm in the Plowshares dining room. Tickets are $60 and includes soup, salad, rolls, wine, beer, and dessert, and you get to take a handmade bowl home with you. The Bowls are made by Jan Hoyman and Doug Browe and the Ceramics Club of Mendocino College and MICA.

We will have a silent and live auction, raffle prizes and great opportunities to connect with friends in the community. Tickets are on sale now at Plowshares and Mendocino Book Company. Call for more information, 462-8582. Buy them early they do sell out!

March Advocate

March advocateThe March Advocate is now in mail boxes and available on the website. Read about Jan Hoyman and what motivates her to create 50 bowls for our Empty Bowls Event. The 10th Annual Empty Bowls will be on April 16th and tickets are now on sell at Plowshares and Mendocino Book Company.

Marlene, Executive Director, and Rhonda, our Operations Manager, payed a visit to Sister Jane, read the article in the Advocate.

The Human Race is May 7th. Registration has begun and it is not to early to look for sponsors for our Plowshares team. Call if you want to be a part of our team and walk or run for Plowshares or if you want to be a sponsor.

Click here to for more information and to read all the articles.

February Advocate

Feb AdvThe February Advocate is out and will be showing up in mailboxes soon. Click here to read about the Updated Volunteer Handbook which can be viewed here, the results of our Winter Appeal, and the upcoming 10th Annual Empty
Bowls on April 16.

January Advocate

Jan 2016 AdvocateThe January Advocate is now out and available for viewing on the website. Read about our Personal Care                services and see photos of the               Christmas Luncheon!

The Christmas Day Luncheon!!

Diningroom and treeThe first holiday meal served on Christmas Day, at our current location, was festive and heart warming. We had over 25 volunteers helping deliver Meals on Wheels, setting up and decorating the tables, cutting pies, cooking, slicing ham, serving, singing carols and cleaning . The people served were grateful for the delicious food, the Holiday Stockings and Santa visiting the children.

serving lineguests with food

Winter Appeal

WA 2015Our Winter Appeal has gone out to the greater Ukiah area for our largest fundraiser of the year! This vast mailing brings in close to 20% of the income needed to run our Diningroom and Meals on Wheels Programs.

Click here to view the pdf version. We hope you can  donate today to help us with our mission!

Volunteers Recognized!

IMG_0161 600Many of our volunteers came to the Volunteer Recognition Celebration in October. A catered lunch was served and raffle prices given out.

The following Volunteers were recognized:
Volunteer of the Year: Ron ZimmermakerMeals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year: Kathleen Barbera
Golden Spoon AwarIMG_0160 600d: Wednesday Dinner Crew: Mariana Delgado, Robert Lind, Sharon Forbes, Moria Lawlor

Special Award for taking 3rd at the Human Race for the most money raised by an individual (Raised for Plowshares): Lyn Jugwirth
Special Award for going above and beyond in helping put the band together for the Blues, Brews, & BBQ event: Rich Kirch


Raffle prizes were won by: Lani Hardage-Vogel, Vichy Springs Resort Voucher for Day use for two and second night free with one night stay. Deseree Rhciharson, Gift Certificate for Reflections Salon and Apparel.

We so appreciate our volunteers and love putting on this Annual Recognition Celebration. We wish we could do more! Without the volunteers, Plowshares and Meals on Wheels would not be a viable resource in our community. THANK YOU!!


Volunteer Recognition Celebration


vol recog 2014 tableOn Saturday, October 10th Plowshares will honor our Volunteers at our annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration in the Plowshares Dining Room.

Plowshares employs only six staff and in a year serves over 63,000 meals. This statistic points out what our Volunteers mean to us and what they do, which is EVERYTHING! In every stage of our operation from our Board to our garden, Volunteers are at work.

Any attempt at expressing our gratitude is woefully inadequate. Yet each year we call our Volunteers together in an effort to do so. We know that one of the most enjoyable aspects of the event is that our Volunteers enjoy visiting with each other. Therefore we avoid long speeches or programs and allow time for simply visiting and chatting. When you put some of the nicest, most generous people in our community in the same room people are bound to enjoy themselves and make new friends.

Speaking of friends, we encourage Volunteers to bring a friend to our event. We, at Plowshares, believe that the more people know about us and understand what we do, the better will be our standing in the community and our ability to fulfill our Mission.

We report to the IRS that our Volunteers save us approximately $223,000 each year. However we cannot put a dollar amount on Volunteer time, energy or talent.

So, all Volunteers, join us for a simple lunch, catered by Bella Cibo on Saturday, October 10th. If for some reason you are a Volunteer and have not received an invitation in the mail, please check with us to make sure we have your current address in our files.

To R.S.V.P. please call (707) 462-8582 or e-mail us at

We are hoping that we can fill the Plowshares Dining Room on October 10th and celebrate the great gift that our Volunteers are to us!

Blues, Brews & BBQ 2015!!

Blues, Brews & BBQ

The second annual Fall Event is coming up soon.

Come out on September 19, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for a gourmet BBQ at to Barra of Mendocino, 7051 N. State St.

Dinner will include BBQ tri-tip, chicken, and Portebello mushrooms.  Dessert and coffee will also be served.

Music once again provided by the all star Blues Band, Talk That Talk, featuring: Vocalist: Lisa Kindred (Lisa Kindred Band), Guitar: Rich Kirch (John Lee Hooker Band), Guitar: Dave Aguilar (Norton Buffalo), Bass: Ron Perry (John Lee Hooker Band), Drums: Roy Blumenfeld (The Blues Project) and Opening act by Delta Blues artist Rev. Rabia.

Tickets now on sale at Plowshares, 1346 S. State St., Mendocino Book Company, and Dig! Music. Also, now for the first time, you can buy tickets online at Brown PaperTickets: Tickets are $50.00 each.

For more information please call us at 707-462-8582