Pints with Purpose
Help make a difference in the life of a local homebound senior this holiday season
Through the Meals on Wheels People program, Happy Valley Parks and Recreation provides warm, nutritious meals to some of our community’s most vulnerable seniors. To help raise funds for this vital program, six Happy Valley hot spots will join us to help make a difference in the lives of homebound seniors. From Nov. 16 through Nov. 26, the venues identified below will donate $1 for every designated pint sold to Happy Valley’s Meals on Wheels People for the duration of the campaign. Monies raised will specifically help make a positive impact in the lives of local seniors in need by providing well-balanced meals to those who would otherwise go without.
Spend local. Give local.
Help make a difference in the life of a local homebound senior this holiday season. The best thing about Pints with Purpose is that each dollar from any of the designated beer selections purchased will stay within this community, supporting seniors right here, in Happy Valley.
MEALS ON WHEELS PEOPLE IN ACTION
Recipients of the Meals on Wheels People program are often on fixed incomes or lack the ability to shop for and prepare meals on their own. Meals are delivered by volunteers, like Michael Morrow, who not only bring nutritious food, but provide friendly conversation to those who might not have a strong social network. “I find so much fulfillment in being a Meals on Wheels People volunteer,” begins Michael, “especially because many of the recipients are in a similar stage of life as I am. It’s not just about delivering nutritious meals; it’s about forging connections and ensuring that our senior neighbors don’t feel isolated. I cherish the moments when we exchange stories, share smiles, and simply connect. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that I’m not just delivering meals, but I’m also delivering companionship and care, week after week.
Each Tuesday, Michael reports to the Meals on Wheels Ambleside Center where he is greeted by Arnie, a jovial program volunteer who helps organize distributions before they are loaded for transport. For Arnie, a retiree, it is absolutely the people that make the program so great. He sees his time spent helping others as a fulfilling way to give back to the community and is happy to be able to do so. “Everyone at Meals on Wheels is so helpful and I truly look forward to being part of the group effort that happens behind the scenes. It’s a great program.” Michael and Arnie have developed a friendly rapport as they see each other on a regular basis. Together, they help ensure seniors in Happy Valley have all the items they need for the week ahead.
Richard is one recipient who understands the importance of Meals on Wheels People. Retired from the Air Force and legally blind due to a car accident, Richard receives consistent meals that guarantee he always has something within reach. “It’s a great program and I know I can always count on it,” he says. Richard is also quick to share how thankful he is. Despite his challenges, he takes great pride in his family and home, and is grateful to his son who helps him get out and visit friends – some whom are in care facilities and may not have the comforts of home like he does. As he reminisces about his life experiences, his kind and joyful outlook is inspiring. With programs like Meals on Wheels People helping facilitate human connections, our senior residents remain a significant part of the Happy Valley community and are often given the opportunity to continue enjoying their independence.
Learn about this year’s Pints with Purpose partners:
Can’t make it to one of the participating venues, but still want to help? You can also give directly to the City’s local Meals on Wheels People program by visiting the general donation page here. From there, you can submit a tax-deductible donation in the amount of your choice online. Your gift will support homebound seniors right here in Happy Valley who would otherwise not have consistent access to wholesome, nutritious meals.