Logo for high school leadership board        Maggie and Recipient with Water On Wheels reusable tumbler.   


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.

Members represent the following High School’s:

Berkeley Prep High School logo Tampa    Plant High School Logo Tampa.    Jesuit High School logo Tampa.     Tampa Prep High School


2016-2017 Members

HSLB Members

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


MOWTampa Leadership

Steve King Executive Director, MOWTampa

Lauren Vance Director of Communications & Donor Relations, MOWTampa.