United Way of Greater Cincinnati partnered with 17 diverse community organizations for a reimagined Day of Action today, mobilizing volunteers throughout the community to write notes to local seniors experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“More than 20 percent of our community are adults aged 60 or older; that is almost half a million people who have been held back from engaging in everyday activities to help them stay connected to their friends, family and community,” said Moira Weir, United Way’s President and CEO. “We feel notes of encouragement would really be a lift. United is the way to help our seniors during this difficult time.”
Day of Action --- held annually in June on the longest day of the year – is an opportunity for individuals and organizations throughout the world to volunteer and make their corner of the world a better place. United Ways across the world develop volunteer events and opportunities for those who want to participate.
This year’s effort is focused on providing notes of encouragement to 15,000 local seniors, but given the state of the nation, Weir encouraged also sharing uplifting notes with family and friends.
FC Cincinnati Foundation will feature United4Neighbors: Notes of Encouragement on its Make a Difference Monday series today. The club is asking individuals, families, corporate groups, youth athletic groups, and more to make a pledge to commit to write notes.
To make your pledge, visit UWGC.org/DayofAction. We will deliver notes to one of 17 partner organizations to share with the seniors they serve. Here are helpful writing instructions:
- Writing must be legible (large print) if handwritten.
- Avoid religion and politics. Your note should resonate with anyone.
- Exclude the date (day, month and year).
- Recipients love it when notes are personal. Feel free to include details, such as your summer plans or a new hobby. But remember, you will not receive a note back. Reciprocation (like asking questions that require a response) shouldn’t be included.
- Placing your note in an envelope is preferred, but not required. Leave your enveloped notes unsealed and unstamped and put them in a larger envelope for mail or delivery.
- Please wash your hands before writing notes and do not seal the envelope
- Send notes, between June 22 and July 10, to United Way of Greater Cincinnati Notes of Encouragement, 2400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202
- Drop notes off at a UWGC office (UWGC.org/contact-us) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 10
United Way of Greater Cincinnati promotes and supports voluntarism throughout the year, offering a plethora of volunteer events on its Volunteer Connections site, UWGC.org/Volunteer.