Two nonprofits in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, dedicated to bringing meals and care to seniors, have merged to reach a wider span of individuals.
Cincinnati Area Senior Services (CASS) and Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky Meals on Wheels decided to join their efforts to enhance what each organization does best — helping older adults thrive.
The newly joined organizations will be called "Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY."
“This is a great day for seniors and together we are going to do amazing things,” says Tracey Collins, CEO of CASS, in a Feb. 23 press release. “It just makes sense with limited funding to join forces and strengthen our services for seniors.”
Collins will take on the new role of chief integration officer as the companies combine into one.
The merger is expected to serve more than 10,000 seniors annually with 150 employees and 800 volunteers. Roughly 1.4 million meals will be delivered to seniors’ homes each year.
“Seniors need these services now more than ever, not only because of the pandemic but also because of the ongoing, exponential growth in their population,” says the press release from Meals on Wheels. “That growth is outpacing the resources available to serve seniors and putting their health and well-being in jeopardy.”
Leaders from both organizations are optimistic that the merge will allow them to provide the best service they can, and each nonprofit began with similar strategies of helping seniors live independently.
Together, the two organizations have more than135 years of experience.
The merge reportedly will not cause any employees to lose their jobs. Instead, the press release states, it will allow for more job opportunities in the months to come.
For more information, visit muchmorethanameal.org/merger.