Beloit Meals On Wheels (BMOW) announces the search for a new director as Ellen Wiegand transitions into semi-retirement after 10 years of exemplary service.

Wiegand submitted her resignation at the April board meeting sharing that she will be leaving the organization at the end of June.

President of the BMOW Board Chuck Wilson shared, “The board of directors express their gratitude for Ellen’s empathetic listening, heartfelt dedication, visionary leadership, and fierce advocacy for BMOW.”

Wiegand fearlessly led the organization through a global pandemic, increased daily meal delivery by 51%, secured funds for and relocated the organization’s operations to a new sustainable building in preparation for future growth, and celebrated 50 years of dedicated volunteers who are the heart and soul of the organization.

Executive Director Ellen Wiegand expressed, “For 10 years I have had the honor to work alongside the most creative and selfless staff, stakeholders, and volunteers who bring smiles to our clients along with a nutritious meal. We have all worked together to launch numerous successful projects, programs, and events. The camaraderie and support I have experienced during my tenure has been invaluable, and I am profoundly grateful for the friendships and professional relationships I have developed.”

In 2023 alone, under Wiegand’s leadership, BMOW served 63,877 meals to 306 seniors with 8,981 volunteer hours donated. Wiegand’s accolades are captured in a decade of annual reports, client hugs, happy volunteers, and relieved families who slept better knowing that their loved ones were checked in on and served a nutritious meal.

President Wilson spoke on behalf of the hiring committee when he articulated, “As we search for a new executive director, we are hopeful that we will find a leader who will build on our successes and guide us into the future.”

Since 1971, the organization has been a vital resource for seniors in the Beloit community with just four people serving as executive director. Wiegand succeeded Marcy Berner-Reedy after her retirement in 2014, who succeeded Jeanie Johnson and Connie Gulash. Before there was an executive director role, BMOW was led by volunteers. There are no plans to return to that model due to the growing senior population and increasing need for services.

The search for our next executive director is on! Hiring Committee Chair Dustin Gronau said, “We are looking to find another dynamic and visionary leader to continue BMOW’s mission of supporting senior neighbors and helping them live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes.”

Gronau shared the ideal candidate will be a strong leader who is energetic and empathetic. We are looking for someone that is excited to serve the Beloit and surrounding communities’ homebound seniors. The ideal candidate will share in the mission, vision, and growth initiatives of Beloit Meals On Wheels.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications, including a resume and cover letter, to Dustin Gronau at dustingronau@yahoo.com or apply via LinkedIn. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on May 15, and the position will remain open until filled.

For more information about Beloit Meals On Wheels and the director position, please visit www.beloitmealsonwheels.org.

About Beloit Meals On Wheels

For more than a half century, Beloit Meals On Wheels has continued their mission and commitment to supporting senior neighbors and helping them live healthier and more nourished lives in their own homes. At the core of their service is a nutritious meal, a friendly visit, and a safety check for Beloit homebound seniors. They continue their mission with the support of the community and incredible core of volunteers who deliver meals 365 days a year. They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, United Way Blackhawk Region funded partner, 2022 Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, and recipient of the community grant which helps provide meals to vulnerable seniors in the community. More information is available at www.beloitmealsonwheels.org.