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Wheels Program & Services of Rockland Inc. Receives Valentine’s Day Cards
from DoSomething.org’s Youth Volunteers
National Campaign Lifts the Spirits of Older Adults During a Peak Time of Isolation and Depression
Nanuet, NY February 25, 2014 – Meals on Wheels Program & Services of Rockland Inc. in partnership with DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals On Wheels Association of America, announced today the results of Love Letters, a campaign that encouraged teens to make handmade Valentine's Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression.
“We were thrilled to have received more than 1,000 cards in the mail for our clients,” said Barbara Kohlhausen President & CEO) of Meals on Wheels Program & Services of Rockland Inc. “As many connected to Meals on Wheels Program & Services of Rockland Inc. know, we deliver so much more than a meal. These adorable cards have warmed the hearts of 450 homebound seniors in Rockland County, and we extend our gratitude to DoSomething.org’s thoughtful volunteers.”
In total, more than 68,000 teen volunteers nationwide made Valentine’s Day cards for nearly 100,000 of the 2.5 million vulnerable seniors receiving Meals on Wheels across the county. Love Letters provided an opportunity for young people across the country to help lift the spirits of older adults and combat social isolation. Young people found local, participating Meals on Wheels programs – from a list of 356 across all 50 states – where they sent the card(s). The Valentine's Day cards were then included in meal deliveries made by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
To help Meals on Wheels Program & Services of Rockland Inc. deliver more than just a meal, visit www.mowrockland.org or contact Sharon Martini at 845-624-6325.
About Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland
In the agency’s almost 40 years of delivering meals to the community’s homebound population Meals on Wheels has proudly served well over eight million meals. Meals on Wheels continues to advance its mission by providing for the nutritional needs of the elderly, reaching out to frail, isolated, and disadvantaged individuals and by providing a myriad of support services to those served. Through the Homebound Meal Delivery Program, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Center and other programs, the agency has impacted the lives of thousands of Rockland residents and their families.
Meals on Wheels is a County Contract Agency operating with funding from the federal government Older Americans Act, New York State, the Office for Aging, the County of Rockland, towns and villages, fees for services, grants and private contributions. For further information call 845-624-6325.
On Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the only national organization and network dedicated solely to ending senior hunger in America. The Association is the oldest and largest organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 states as well as the U.S. territories. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, visit mowaa.org.
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