Special Events


Save the Date!!! Empty Bowls 2019, June 1st. Tickets on Sale March 1st. more info coming soon!

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Empty Bowls 2018

What an incredible evening of art, music, food, and charity under the big white tent at Plowshares. This year’s event was the most successful Empty Bowls ever exceeding the fundraising goal of $40,000. The fundraiser sold out over two weeks in advance with over 200 people in attendance.

Outside tables decorated with olive branches, fresh flowers and white linens were arranged in long rows under the tent where guests sat to enjoy live music, delicious appetizers and a selection of local wine and beer.

Inside the cool dining hall, a wonderful collection of silent auction items and handcrafted bowls sat on tables around the parameter. At the center of the room a culinary display of strawberries, cabbage bowls with carrot humus, Thai chicken phyllo squares, and roasted sweet potatoes drizzled with coconut oil, cinnamon and sea salt spread across a table. Plowshares kitchen was bustling with activity as guests formed a line for tasty soups, fresh baked rolls and berry cobbler.

Attendees listened as Assemblymember Jim Wood spoke about the importance of Plowshares programs and Board Chair Karen thanked the community for their support. Executive Director Boyl shared her vision for Plowshares before introducing Sheriff Tom Allman as the evening’s auctioneer.

The auction was lively and entertaining as guests bid on a Testa wine, lunch and tour package, Walking in Wonder with Kate Marianchild, a Coastal Getaway, and Progressive Dinner in downtown Ukiah with tickets to Ukiah Players Theatre. The generosity continued into the evening with Fund-A-Need and Sponsor A Senior pledges.

As the numbers came in, it was clear that the evening was an incredible success.

All proceeds from Empty Bowls support Plowshares community dining hall and the Meals on Wheels program. This year’s event was made possible by a number of local businesses, individuals, and staff who continue to support the mission “that no one in our community go hungry”.


Thank you to The 2018 Empty Bowls Gold and Tent sponsors for supporting the Mission that

"no one in our community go hungry"


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Volunteer Appreciation event

Our annual volunteer appreciation event is our special event to honor and appreciate the 120 volunteers, the folks on the ground who make the programs at Plowshares happen. Each week day these volunteers cook, serve, clean, deliver meals to homebound seniors, serve as office assistants and IT support, assist with public relations and donor development, events and media. In 2017 Plowshares volunteers contributed over 20,000 hours of service with a value of over $369,000.  This year's event is sponsored by Redwood Credit Union.

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Winter Appeal

Each Winter, starting in November, we send out our Winter Appeal to the greater Ukiah area for our largest fundraiser of the year. This vast mailing brings in close to 20% of the income needed to run our Dining room and Meals on Wheels Programs.