Throughout the Brockton and Plymouth County area, many older adults and individuals with disabilities are struggling to meet basic needs such as putting meals on their table, paying for much-needed medication or heating their home.
Whether it’s an empty oil tank, emergency home repair, inability to pay for necessary medication or another dire situation, Old Colony Elder Services’ 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.
With a growing number of individuals needing emergency assistance, OCES, the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout the greater Brockton and Plymouth County area, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday fundraising campaign to support those most vulnerable in the community.
“It is imperative that older adults and individuals with disabilities have a place to turn when faced with an emergency that threatens their health and/or living situation,” said Nicole M. Long, CEO.
OCES’ Emergency Fund has been used to assist with fuel, utilities, short-term emergency shelter, medical transport, life-sustaining medications, hot water heaters and other critical needs.
All donations made prior to Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, will be matched by the Law Office of Paula M. P. Schlosser, up to $1,000. With the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors contributing to the significant number of individuals in need, OCES’ goal is to raise $8,000 for the campaign.
To make a donation to OCES’ Emergency Fund online, visit www.ocesma.org/donations/
Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. To learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.org.