PLEASE HELP US STAMP OUT SENIOR HUNGER AND MEET THE INCREASED DEMANDS OFSENIORS WHO NEED NUTRITION SERVICE NOW. PLEASE SPONSOR A SENIOR TODAY.
Dear Friend of the Verde Valley Senior Center,
The Verde Valley Senior Center, located at 500 E. Cherry Street in Cottonwood is a LIFELINE for hundreds of frail elderly residents in our local communities, many of whom are veterans.
The Senior Center serves over 52,000 to 60,000 hot, nutritious lunches annually to seniors in the entire Verde Valley (Sedona excepted). Hundreds of seniors residing in the Verde Valley receive meals and other social services through our vital and worthwhile programs. And the numbers are steadily growing! During the last calendar year, more than 3,000 individuals were recipients of at least one service or activity offered by the Verde Valley Senior Center.
Statistics show that today in America, 1 in 9 seniors—an astonishing 5 million people—is at risk of hunger. Today, Meals on Wheels in America will deliver over one million meals and companionship to needy seniors. But hunger won’t stop there!
The Meals-On-Wheels program for home-bound seniors and our community dining at the Center ensures that at least one good, hot, nutritious meal is provided daily and also gives our clients an opportunity to socialize and interact with another human being. Loneliness, helplessness and boredom are leading problems among the elderly. Our well trained volunteers are able to recognize and report unacceptable living conditions, safety or health issues or the possibility of abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult when delivering to a home-bound elderly individual.
Approximately 73% of our clients receive home delivered meals and at least 70% of the meal recipients are unable to make a small contribution for their meal. While the Senior Center receives some State and Federal funding, it does not begin to keep pace with the demand or come close to covering the costs incurred. During the past year our biggest hurdle has been on how to keep up with the huge increase in food costs, packaging materials and the rising cost of fuel and utilities.
Our efforts to continue to care for our large, expanding, aging population have become a huge challenge and we are asking for your help to meet the increasing demand for services.
The Verde Valley Senior Center invites you to partner with us and SPONSOR A SENIOR. A contribution of $1500 would provide meals for one senior for one year. A $750 donation would cover a senior for 6 months, and $375 would help provide nutritious meals for a senior for 3 months. Please check with your accountant about how to take advantage of your donation as a tax deduction. The Verde Valley Senior Center is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable corporation.
CAN YOU DONATE THE NEXT MEAL, “SO NO SENIOR IN OUR COMMUNITY GOES HUNGRY?”
Please make your check payable to:
Verde Valley Senior Center – Sponsor a Senior Program
P.O. Box 681, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
You can also make an online donation by clicking on the Donate button in the left-hand column.