This year we teamed up with DoSomething.org, a national website dedicated to students doing positive things for others, through an initiative called Love Letters to have 520 cards made for our seniors. Additionally, the Kiwanis Club along with their affiliates Iroquois Elementary K-Kids, Klein Elementary Library Kids, Harborcreek Builders Club and Circle-K at Penn State – The Behrend College made another 355 cards.
We were so pleasantly surprised to see 875 cards some to our office! With just over 300 clients, each senior client and under 60 client with disabilities will receive from 2 to 3 delightful home made cards! We are grateful to all who participated in this program from across Pennsylvania from the brand new DoSomething.org project and The Kiwanis Club right here in Erie County.
For 50 years, we have celebrated and honored the achievements of our nation’s older adults during the month of May. This proud tradition was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy who designated May as Senior Citizens Month and encouraged the country to pay tribute to older adults. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Unleash the Power of Age!”—emphasizes the important role of older adults. This May, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active, and influential members of society.
While Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels provides services, support, and resources to older adults year-round, Older Americans Month is a great opportunity to show special appreciation.
What can you do to provide opportunities for elders to come together and share their experiences with one another, or with individuals of other generations? It could be as simple as having dinner with your grandparents! Over 65 yourself? Gather your friends together to celebrate yourselves this month!
Read the Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels Older Americans Proclamation.
Recently, I submitted on Op-Ed piece to the Erie Times-News written by JoAnn Nenow, president of the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania of which we are a member.
The full text can be found here or you can click this URL to open a PDF file: https://mealsonwheelserie.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/meals-on-wheels-programs-save-taxpayers-money-2012.pdf
Home-delivered meals is a good investment that actually saves money in the long-run. It’s not a complicated subject but having a better understanding is important so I ask that you read the entire text.
On Tuesday, August 14th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. you will have a wonderful opportunity to make an ONLINE gift to Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels. The Erie Community Foundation is hosting its 2nd Annual Erie Gives! Day when the Foundation will match a pro-rated percentage of your gift! Last year we received an additional 14% added to our total donations. Where else can you get a 14% return on your money?
Costs are rising and funding remains the same or is being reduced. Your donation is a much needed and appreciated source of revenue to help keep meals on wheels flowing into the Erie community. Please share this opportunity with your friends and relatives!
Thanks to donors like you, Metro-Erie Meals On Wheels is able to continue realizing its mission. Even though we delivered over 97,000 meals last year there are still so many more homebound seniors we can help. Every gift counts!