For Immediate Release
Executive Director Gale Adland Announces Her 2020 Retirement
Adland has served the Durham nonprofit for 10 years; Search for new director kicks off
DURHAM, N.C., October 16, 2019 —- After 10 years of dedicating her compassionate leadership to Meals on Wheels Durham, Executive Director Gale Adland is retiring in March of 2020.
Meals on Wheels Durham is a local nonprofit that provides proper nutrition to homebound adults. On any given day, Adland can be found personally calling a homebound client, dancing with volunteers, showing off an example of a nutritious, packaged meal to donors, or working on fulfilling projects with her staff. She can be seen driving around Durham in Meals on Wheels’ Subaru, “Jack the Outback,” to meet with city officials and advocates equally focused on eradicating food insecurity in Durham.
During Adland’s tenure, she helped nearly double the number of clients that Meals on Wheels Durham serves, from 300 to 530, and more than double the nonprofit’s operating budget. Each homebound client is connected with a nutritious meal, a welfare check, socialization and so much more, from fire alarms to pet food.
"We are excited for Gale to be able to retire and spend more time with her family, and we are eternally grateful for all of the amazing work that she has done for the most vulnerable residents of our community,” said Wendy Kuhn, chair of the Meals on Wheels Durham Board of Directors. “We will miss her leadership, strength and vision and will honor her legacy by continuing to build on the excellent foundation she established as we provide more than a meal.”
Adland has been integral to building strong relationships between Meals on Wheels Durham and other Durham nonprofits, community organizations, donors and volunteers. She also serves as treasurer on the board for the Meals on Wheels Association of North Carolina and is actively involved in the Meals on Wheels America community.
Meals on Wheels Durham kicks off its search for an equally passionate executive director who can lead the nonprofit into its next exciting chapter, empathetically connect with local clients and help address issues of food insecurity in Durham. The job posting is available here: armstrongmcguire.com/apply. The preferred application deadline is November 22, 2019. Hiring to be finalized in January and a start date of mid-March.
The nonprofit is also planning its third annual “Feed the Need” Gala at Durham’s Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club on February 22, 2020. The gala will celebrate the nonprofit’s 45th anniversary, raise money to feed additional clients on the waiting list, and bid an emotional farewell to Adland.
“It has been my honor to be a part of this organization for the last 10 years,” Adland said. “Every day, I have had the privilege to work with an amazing staff and a dedicated group of volunteers to feed our most vulnerable neighbors.”
Meals on Wheels Durham is a nonprofit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for eligible homebound adults in our community. Our mission is to serve the elderly, frail, disabled, convalescing and others who cannot provide proper nutrition for themselves. Dedicated volunteers deliver lunches to our clients each weekday, with the objective of improving the nutritional status and health of these individuals. It is our goal that this combination of nutritious meals and social contact will help our clients to remain independent as long as possible.
For more information or to make a much-appreciated gift that supports Meals on Wheels Durham clients, visit mowdurham.org.
Contact: Antoinetta McKay
Director of Development and Communications
Meals on Wheels Durham