Image of Notes of Encouragement delivered by volunteers in 2020.

Notes of Encouragement

You can brighten the day of someone who is isolated and in desperate need of human connection.

Share a smile. Write a note!

Did you know, more than 20% of our neighbors are adults aged 60 or older? That’s almost half a million people! Changing conditions are holding older adults back from engaging in everyday activities that help them stay connected to their friends, family and the community.

While social services like home-delivered meals and wellness support play an important role in providing connections to older adults who may not have outside friends or families, by uniting together, we can all be part of the solution.


United Way of Greater Cincinnati has partnered with over 17 diverse community organizations to distribute Notes of Encouragement to local seniors who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. So far, nearly 900 volunteers have created notes for nearly 20,000 older adults across the Greater Cincinnati region. You can help by pledging to write notes today. This is an ongoing need; we will continue to collect notes throughout the year!

This is a perfect opportunity to get kids involved in volunteering in our community this summer! It's also ideal for families, youth and athletic groups, summer camp activities...even corporate groups, as well.

It's easy! Just click the button below (it will open in a new window), fill out the form and that's it!


Once you’ve let us know how many notes you plan to write, please follow these guidelines for creating your notes: United4Neighbors: Notes of Encouragement Guidelines (.PDF).

Mail or deliver notes to:

United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Attn: Notes of Encouragement
2400 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you’d like to participate but don’t feel comfortable writing notes, you can fill out our online form. Feel free to complete the form as many times as you would like!


More volunteer opportunities

For more volunteer opportunities for people of all ages including students of all ages, visit our United Way Volunteer Connection or read more about our volunteering efforts below.

For more information, contact:

Laura Wells, Sr. Manager of Volunteer & Community Engagement helps deliver Lit Kits for Success in 2021.

Laura Wells

Senior Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement

513-762-7100 |

As Senior Manager of United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Volunteer Connection, Laura is passionate about mobilizing individuals and groups to get involved in our community in a variety of creative ways.

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