With significant increases in the cost of food and energy and a growing number of individuals needing emergency assistance throughout greater Plymouth County area, the nonprofit agency Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) has kicked off an Emergency Fund campaign to support those most vulnerable in the community.
OCES’ Emergency Fund provides older adults and individuals with disabilities a place to turn to when faced with an emergency that threatens their health and/or living situation.
Whether it’s an emergency medical equipment, inability to pay for necessary medication, home heating fuel or utilities, or another urgent situation, OCES’ Emergency Fund helps meet the needs of at-risk low-income older adults and individuals with disabilities who are in a crisis or emergency situation. All too frequently, these individuals encounter problems that can jeopardize their independence, dignity and well-being.
“Through our Emergency Fund, we have been able to help many older residents in the 23 communities we serve with critical issues such as an empty oil tank, an emergency bill, prescriptions or the purchase of unexpected medical equipment, short-term emergency shelter, and medical transport,” said Nicole M. Long, CEO. “We anticipate there will be significant need, particularly this winter, as higher heating costs may be the tipping point for many older adults who are already at-risk.”
OCES’ goal is to raise $10,000 for the Emergency Fund campaign. All donations made prior to Nov. 28, 2022, at midnight will be matched.
OCES is recognized as a tax-exempt charitable corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS tax code. To make a donation to OCES’ Emergency Fund online, visit www.ocesma.org/
Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.