Senior Cheer Program

Let’s UNITE to send our Hancock County seniors some cheer!

Looking for a great way to help others from the classroom, with a group, or yourself from the comfort of your home? Our Senior Cheer program is back to give hundreds of seniors living in Hancock County care facilities an extra boost during this necessary time of limited visitation due to the COVID virus. Last year, between classrooms, church groups, corporate groups, individuals, and other organizations, we were able to reach out to nearly 650 seniors with more than 750 pieces of cheer. Let’s do it again and show them all we care!

UWHC's Senior Cheer Program

Our local seniors are encouraged by uplifting cards, notes, or pieces of art – really you can make just about anything you’d like. It’s a great opportunity to spread cheer for whole classrooms or groups, as well as individuals. (This year, we will not reinstate the Senior Pen Pals program.)

Sign up with our Senior Cheer Manager at or call 419-423-1432 and ask for our volunteer coordinator with any questions. When you sign up, let us know an estimated date when you can drop off your cheer. Classes or groups will be scheduled on a calendar to ensure seniors at all locations in need of a boost can receive it for as long as we can keep it coming!

Our office has moved.

Cards, notes and art can be placed in the Senior Cheer bin at United Way of Hancock County, 318 W. Main Cross St., between 8:30am-4pm. UWHC is located on the second floor of the Kandu Building, next door to Dietsch's Ice Cream. You can park in front of the building and enter the door on the left side with United Way on the glass. The steps lead straight to the second floor. Turn right and go to the end of the hallway; UWHC is on the right. If you need to use an elevator, there is access in the back of the building. Let us know when you sign up and we’ll make sure you’re able to access it.

Please mark on packages/envelopes:

  • Your group name, or class and school.
  • Type of cheer (cards, letters, art).
  • Number of “cheer items”.
  • You can also write a message such as, “From your Friends in Mrs. Smith’s 5A class, Whittier Primary School,” on the package or each item, if you would like.
  • If you are able to email pictures of your students, group or yourself with your cheer (Send to, we’d love to share our thanks and generate excitement on social media.

**Small gifts: For those interested in including a small gift as part of Senior Cheer, care facilitators suggest: Stationery and postage for letter writing, lip balm, sweet treats (no nuts, no homemade), large print word search, large print books, or large print crossword puzzles.

Volunteers will deliver Senior Cheer once a week - We’ll let you know where it goes!