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Non-Profit Client of the Week: Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County

admin at Meals on Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County get trained on their new bizhub; Advanced Business Equipment tech Mike L. sets up the bizhub

While it's true that our non-profit client of the week, Meals on Wheels of Asheville-Buncombe County (MOWABC), provides hot, nutritious meals delivered to elderly, homebound persons, that is not the single focus of their mission. Their work ultimately enables the elderly to live in their own homes, among familiar surroundings, and maintain their dignity while aging.

Dedication to helping homebound seniors means MOWABC extends their work to include other services which contribute to helping their clients remain independent, such as access to community medical equipment closets, free/low-cost legal assistance, tax-preparation and information on issues that affect their lives.

MOWABC is staffed by a truly dedicated team of admin members, headed by tireless volunteer coordinator Ma-Rita Alexander. As a non-profit MOWABC understandably has to pay close attention to expenses and had been using the same two bizhub copiers for 11 years. But as is often the case with aging equipment, there comes a time when outdated technology costs an organization more than it saves. ABE account executive Drew Kearns worked closely with MOWABC to find used replacement bizhubs which wouldn't strain their budget, yet were still new enough to have ample vendor support, include important upgrades, ensure compliancy, and improve work flow. On the day of installation Drew was present to train MOWABC admin on the new machines. ABE tech Mike Lewis was there to perform an HDD (hard drive deletion) cleanse on the older bizhubs, to ensure no data remained on their hard drives, as well as to set up the new bizhubs.

Says, Ma-Rita, "Local business relationships are critical to a non-profit organization like ours. We could not be happier with our relationship with ABE, and Drew. He helped us to understand completely how to operate our new equipment. We are not tech savvy at all and Drew did not make us feel bad about it. Thank you for taking time with us! YOU ALL ROCK!”

Ma-Rita is responsible for recruiting volunteers to deliver the meals, as well as to coordinating with local businesses for employee involvement in meal deliveries. Contact Ma-Rita via email if you’d like to volunteer your time. If you’re interested in getting involved through your business, call 828.253.5286 for info about routes in your area.

If you'd like info on a new or used bizhub, contact us here.