On June 21, 2016, United Ways around the world provided meaningful, impact-oriented service opportunities to advance our goals in education, financial stability and health through the annual Day of Action. The River Region United Way answered the call with a project to help feed some of the hundreds of homebound senior citizens in our area who need a helping hand.
The purpose of the Day of Action was two-fold: to shine a spotlight on some of the basic needs in our community, and to encourage people to take action and make a positive impact by volunteering with the United Way or one of our affiliate agencies.
Meals on Wheels volunteer Tia Turner delivers a hot lunch to Annie Nichols.
For this year's Day of Action project, the River Region United Way partnered with signature sponsor Depend to provide over 1,000 frozen meals to 366 area seniors who are homebound, unable to drive and/or care for adults with mental and physical challenges.
At this time, 366 area senior citizens are on a waiting list for the Meals On Wheels program operated by the Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA), one of our 40+ affiliate agencies. These seniors are at or below the poverty line and have little or no family support. Few have opportunities for nutritionally balanced meals.
Left photo: Bernice Oliver and Priscilla Duncan were two of the 166 volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors. Right photo: Ryan Callicot (from left), Susanne Trest, Josh Carter, Nichole Goff and Jodi Montalvo, all with Wynlakes Country Club, delivered meals.
For more photos from the Day of Action, click here.
The Day of Action Frozen Food Project began June 14 and 16 as volunteers helped package food prepared by the Courthouse Café and by Wind Creek Hospitality's "Good to Go" food truck at MACOA on June 15. The meals were frozen, on June 21, our Day of Action, 166 volunteers delivered the frozen meals to the 366 seniors on MACOA’s waiting list for Meals On Wheels.
More than just meals were provided. Each senior received information about 2-1-1, a program funded by the River Region United Way. If and when they have a special need, they're now aware of this information and referral service that can help address their needs.
If you're interested in learning more about future days of service like this one, call Ann Cooper, V.P. of Community Impact, at 323-2504. To learn more about United Way's many other volunteer opportunities, click here.
We are grateful to Wind Creek Hospitality and Courthouse Cafe for their partnership in this event. Wind Creek Hospitality provided 366 meals for the 2016 United Way Day of Action Frozen Food Project. And Courthouse Cafe prepared food for 732 meals.
Through this project, Depend and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active and independent living through an individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering.
2016 Signature Sponsor