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Notes of Encouragement

Nearly 900 volunteers have written 25,000 notes to local seniors who are experiencing loneliness. 

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.


About Notes of Encouragement

United Way of Greater Cincinnati partners with diverse community organizations to distribute Notes of Encouragement to local seniors who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. So far, nearly 900 volunteers have created more than 25,000 notes for older adults across the Greater Cincinnati region. You can help by writing 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.


Get Involved Today!

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:

For more information, contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement team at or call 513-762-7100.

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