Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Everyday, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island  delivers about 1,300 meals to seniors who are unable to shop safely or prepare a meal on their own. Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is also working on a program to deliver smiles to homebound seniors and you can help.

Amava Take: In partnership with the United Way of Rhode Island, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is working on a program called Senior Smiles, which involves collecting cards with notes of hope and good cheer to distribute to homebound seniors across the state. With each meal delivery, seniors also receive a crucial well-being check and vital opportunity for socialization. Senior Smiles is an initiative to lessen the isolation that many homebound seniors face, especially during the pandemic. Receiving cards with personalized notes lets them know that someone is thinking of them. Are you that someone?

Questions and Answers:

Why is volunteering for Meals on Wheels so important?

People 85+ represent the fastest growing segment of the American population, and the number of seniors as a whole is projected to double over the next three to four decades. 

What are some sample messages that might work?

Put your own special spin on it, but here are some ideas to start with:

Hope you are having a great day!

I’m thinking about you.

I hope the little things are making you smile.

We can do anything together!

I appreciate you.

Where do I mail my cards?

Meals on Wheels of RI

Attn: Senior Smiles

70 Bath St.

Providence, RI 02908 

Special Requirements: A heart to help, some stationary or note paper and a way to mail in your cards. Please avoid glitter and scents and if you can send notes in envelopes that is welcome, but not required.

Setting it Up: If you have questions, please call (401) 351-6700.