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The 2018 Community Champions Week will be celebrated between Monday, March 19 and Friday, March 23. During this time, we encourage programs to invite local, state and federal officials, local celebrities and other prominent community figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.

This special week within March for Meals provides a wonderful opportunity to engage powerful figures in your community, garner media attention and helps raise public awareness for the nutritional and social needs of seniors.
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, Inc. 1

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COMMON ACTIVITIES

  • Delivering or serving meals
  • Hosting a fundraising event
  • Declaring March a month to honor Meals on Wheels through a public proclamation
  • Speaking out on social media
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SCHEDULING NOTE

If your Community Champions cannot participate Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23, we absolutely encourage you to schedule them for another day in March that does work for their schedules.
 

HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES

STEP 1 – PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON

Brainstorm a list of all the elected officials, prominent figures and local celebrities in your area that could give your March for Meals campaign a boost, especially ones that might already have an affinity for our cause. 

STEP 2 – APPROACH POTENTIAL COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS

Then, just customize these templates to solicit their help during Community Champions Week, or any time their schedules permit during the month of March.

Sample Letter for Mayors/Local Officials
Sample Letter for U.S. Representatives
Sample Letter for U.S. Senators
Sample Letter for Local Celebrities/Business Leaders

If you prefer to call or email your potential Champions, these sample letters can easily be adapted for a phone script or email.

STEP 3 – PROPOSE A PROCLAMATION

Your Governor, Mayors or elected officials might declare a proclamation in honor of March for Meals. This declaration can serve as a strong call for more community action. A sample proclamation can be found here.

Sample Proclamation

STEP 4 – PUBLICIZE YOUR ACTIVITIES

  • Use our publicity templates to invite local press to cover all of your Community Champions Week activities.
  • Post photos of your special events and tag your Champions on social media.

Questions regarding Community Champions Week? Contact membership@mealsonwheelsamerica.org