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COMPLIMENTARY

Oct 2023 | October 2023

MEALS ON WHEELS-BULLHEAD CITY RECEIVES GRANT FROM MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA TO ADDRESS SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS IN THE BULLHEAD CITY AREA 

October 2023

October 2023

 
Funding will help bridge gaps and expand social connection offerings for older adults 

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ., September 22, 2023 – Meals on Wheels-Bullhead City today announced that it has received $10,000 from Meals on Wheels America, the national leadership organization supporting community-based programs across the U.S. dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation, to help reduce social isolation and improve social connectedness in the Bullhead City Area.  
Meals on Wheels-Bullhead City, AZ, was awarded a Meals on Wheels America Social Connection Grant to overcome key operational barriers that limit adoption or expansion of programs that address social isolation and loneliness and meet the diverse interests and needs of older adults, particularly those in underserved or unserved communities. 
Kim Cool, Senior Services Program Manager for the City, stressed the importance of the grant and the need for social connection programs in our area. 
“The money is being used to fund trainers for new programs we are introducing to the Senior Campus. One program is the already growing – drumming circle. We already see the growing interest it creates and the need it serves among many individuals. Another program is The Virtual Dementia Tour TM, created by Second Wind Dreams. This program allows caregivers and family members a chance to walk in the shoes of their loved ones with dementia. Lastly, there will be upgrades to our arts program and added training for new employees who will be working directly with the activity programs at the Senior Campus,” stated Cool. 
“One in three seniors reports feeling lonely, which has been shown to increase their risk of health complications and negatively impact their well-being,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. “For many Meals on Wheels clients, the volunteer delivering their meal is the only person they will see that day. Programs that foster social connection serve as an invaluable way to reduce isolation and loneliness. That’s why we’re proud to support local Meals on Wheels programs with these grants.” 
 In total, $319,800 in grants were awarded to 35 local Meals on Wheels programs as part of the Meals on Wheels America Social Connection grant program. Funding for the Meals on Wheels-Bullhead City grant was made possible by Caesars Foundation, a Meals on Wheels America national partner. Caesars Foundation is committed to helping older individuals live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives at every stage of the aging process. 
To learn more about the Bullhead City Senior Campus’s efforts to address social isolation and loneliness in Bullhead City,visit https://www.bullheadcity.com/government/departments/human-services/senior-services or call (928) 763-0193. 
About Meals on Wheels America 
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with an estimated two million staff and volunteers, delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research, and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. 
About Caesars Foundation 
Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by resorts owned or operated by the Caesars Group. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $5,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation’s objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. Learn more at www.caesarsfoundation.org. 
– Mackenzie Covert, Public Information Officer, City of Bullhead

Mackenzie Covert | Public Information Officer

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