Oishei Staffer, Robbins, is Meals on Wheels Champion
Oishei's Knowledge Management Officer, Curtis Robbins, and his daughter, Claire, spent a morning delivering meals as part of last week's “Champions for Meals” event.
The yearly event gives community members the opportunity to volunteer their time to help promote Meals on Wheels for WNY (MOW).
Joining Curtis and Claire was Kelly Campbell, MOW's Planned & Major Gifts Officer (shown here.)
"A lot of hard work goes into preparing and delivering meals for those in need. It was rewarding to lend a hand and at the same time, show my daughter the importance of helping others," stated Robbins.
Meals on Wheels for Western New York serves meals to more than 3,600 homebound clients each year, helping the frail and ill elderly or disabled enjoy the highest level of independence possible. Last year alone they served more than 900,000 meals to the homebound in Erie County and an additional 250,000 to seniors mobile enough to get to a congregate site.
For more info, visit: https://mealsonwheelswny.org/
Oishei Scholars' Excellent Presentations
As part of the Oishei High School Scholarship program, Oishei scholars are required to take preparatory classes at Buffalo Prep the summer before they begin high school.
Thanks to Thomas Ezquerro, the Oishei Summer Coordinator for Buffalo Prep and a previous Oishei High School Scholarship recipient, I was invited to view the “final summer projects” of this year's scholarship recipients. Each scholar had to prepare and give a PowerPoint presentation. Students had to tell the class about themselves, the Oishei Foundation, Buffalo Prep and the high school they will be attending in the fall.
Simply put: These 14-year-olds were fantastic. According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two.
Yet these young students just nailed this assignment.
In general, they were thoughtful, articulate, positive and enthusiastic. I can't help but think about how proud John R. Oishei would be to see how is legacy is helping build bright futures for these talented youth. Here’s a picture of them outside of Buffalo Prep. We'll be posting videos of the presentations on Facebook in the next day or so, so you can see for yourself how well they did.
Congrats, Oishei scholars. Job well done!
By Sally Crowley, Communications Director for the Oishei Foundation