HASBRO DELIVERING JOY FOR ALL – INCLUDING A SPECIAL DISCOUNT!
Since July, we’ve been working with Hasbro, Inc. to connect their JOY FOR ALL Companion Pets to lonely seniors who could use a furry friend. Not only has Hasbro generously given $100,000 to Meals on Wheels America to help address senior isolation, they’ve donated these life-like robotic cats and dogs to several Member programs during events held across the country.
With realistic fur and pet-like sounds – and sensors that respond to petting and hugs with familiar pet-like actions – Companion Pets deliver a soothing, joyful experience that inspire smiles, laughter and fond memories for people of all ages.
COMFORT AND JOY FOR OUR SENIORS
Hasbro saw a natural fit with Meals on Wheels and an innovative way to address senior isolation through life-like, animatronic furry friends designed to bring comfort, companionship and fun to elderly loved ones.
Select Member programs, hosting Hasbro representatives at launch events in September and November, brightened homebound seniors’ days by providing hot meals and new companions to them. These programs included:
- Meals on Wheels Rhode Island – Providence, RI
- Meals on Wheels Central Texas – Austin, TX
- Meals on Wheels People – Portland, OR
- Meals on Wheels San Diego – San Diego, CA
- Meals on Wheels South Florida – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“We’re thrilled to be supporting Meals on Wheels America in their efforts to reduce senior isolation, loneliness and hunger, while also improving their quality of life,” said Ted Fischer, Vice President of Business Development at Hasbro. “Hasbro’s JOY FOR ALL brand shares very similar values with Meals on Wheels – we’re committed to help bring joy, comfort and companionship to elder loved ones with the products we develop.”
ENJOY A SPECIAL DISCOUNT FROM HASBRO THIS HOLIDAY
Hasbro is showing its appreciation for what you do for the seniors in your community by offering a special holiday Meals on Wheels discount on all JOY FOR ALL products through December 31, 2016. Simply use promo code MOW16 at checkout and you and your network can receive 20% off your purchase and free shipping.
Thanks to Hasbro for their ongoing support of our mission!
START 2017 WITH A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BRAND
Scores of Meals on Wheels America Members across the country have adopted the national Meals on Wheels brand, tying their efforts to a powerful movement. And many of these programs are reporting amazing results: increased name recognition and awareness, spikes in fundraising and more. In less than two years, 85 senior nutrition programs adopted the Meals on Wheels brand.
Whether you’re a small, medium or large program, independent or part of an umbrella organization, adopting the Meals on Wheels brand will raise your program’s profile and link your work to national-level efforts like the “America, Let’s Do Lunch™” campaign. Plus, with free design and support for stationery, websites, vehicle wraps, and the like, adopting the Meals on Wheels brand is easier than you might think. To learn how your program can do so and enjoy its many benefits, watch a short webinar on the topic here.
GET READY TO SWITCH OVER TO THE 2017 MEMBER BADGE
The 2017 Member Badge is now ready to be downloaded and displayed by all Meals on Wheels America Member programs in the New Year. Display it on your website, your collateral material, letterhead and everywhere else you connect with supporters and members of your community.
DOWNLOAD THE BADGE HERE
Don’t wait; make 2017 your program’s best year yet by adopting the Meals on Wheels brand today! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCOA EXPANDS TOOLS FOR SENIORS TO CONNECT TO SNAP
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is helping seniors connect to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) easily and efficiently. The “BenefitsCheckUp” is a website created for seniors to find out immediately if they are eligible for SNAP, access their state’s SNAP application and have anonymous and confidential SNAP-related questions answered.
ACCESS IT HERE
NCOA also recently announced that with continued funding from the Walmart Foundation, they were able to award community-based organizations to assist seniors in applying for and enrolling in SNAP. See the grantees and check back on this site for upcoming grant opportunities that you can apply for here.
NEW CAMPAIGN SEEKS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has successfully launched an awareness campaign dedicated to spreading the word about something we all know way too well – that volunteering provides several benefits. “Doing Good is Good for You: Volunteer!” received extremely positive responses and has evolved into a toolkit that includes even more helpful resources.
ACCESS THE TOOLKIT’S MATERIALS HERE
n4a is also interested in learning how you plan on using the materials within the toolkit. Have any great ideas? Contact Star Johnson at email@example.com.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Did you know that we have an online discussion group where Members just like you are actively collaborating with their peers on crucial topics? Contribute and learn about these topics by joining our LinkedIn Discussion Group here. A few of the most recent conversations in the group include:
- Best practices and products for transporting various meals;
- How and when to recognize donors; and
- Recommendations on emergency preparedness for inclement weather conditions.