High School Leadership Board (HSLB)
The mission of the High School Leadership Board (HSLB) is to connect high school students with Meals On Wheels of Tampa and their community, through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising and program development.
A service-learning and leadership development group comprised of outstanding high school junior and senior students.
Developed in the Fall of 2015 to provide a unique opportunity for students who want to get more involved with a local non-profit, focused on senior hunger.
These students contribute to and inform Meals On Wheels of Tampa programming, while acting as ambassadors and leaders in their communities.
Water On Wheels (WOW)
It is recommended that seniors drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water each day. Unfortunately, recently collected data shows that 87% of Meals On Wheels of Tampa recipients drink less than this recommended amount even though 94% reported that they believe drinking water is important to their health.
Meals On Wheels of Tampa’s High School Leadership Board (HSLB) developed and introduced a new program, Water On Wheels (WOW), on May 21 2016, to encourage healthy hydration. The student led group, which is comprised of Junior and Senior students from 5 local high schools, raised funds to provide reusable water tumblers, flavor packets, and educational materials to all 700+ seniors and homebound served by MOWTampa each day.
In order to continue impacting the health impact of WOW on our Recipients, current HSLB President, Maggie Fitzsimmons, took this project a step further, by applying and receiving the first ever Lightning Community Heroes of Tomorrow award (click here to see a 2 min video)! Thanks to the generosity from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, all active Recipients on the Meals On Wheels of Tampa program will receive free water bottles, along with their hot meal delivery, Monday through Friday, throughout 2017. The expansion of the WOW program will encourage healthy hydration among MOWTampa’s 700 senior and homebound Recipients by providing a free, daily, serving of clean drinking water. Volunteers delivering WOW with daily hot meals will also be asked to offer ‘cracking’ the bottle open for those that may have difficulty doing so.
Maggie Fitzsimmons Board President, Senior, H.B. Plant High School
Karina Barcenas Junior, Berkeley Preparatory School
Allison Blair Senior, Tampa Preparatory School
Bo Blair Junior, Tampa Preparatory School
Catie Clark Junior, Tampa Preparatory School
Hailey Eckerman Junior, Academy of Holy Names
Harrison Lorenzen Senior, Tampa Preparatory School
Ben Miller Senior, Jesuit High School
Madeline Obregon Junior, Academy of Holy Names
Bridget O’Carroll Senior, Berkeley Preparatory School
John Robbins Junior, Jesuit High School
Susannah Wertz Junior, Plant High School
Steve King Executive Director, MOWTampa
Lauren Vance Director of Communications & Donor Relations, MOWTampa.