Massachusetts ranks as the 39th highest state for seniors suffering from food insecurity. Currently, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a non-profit Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) located in Brockton, delivers more than 1,100 meals to seniors and individuals with disabilities each day. But, the need keeps on growing and OCES is appealing to the community for support with the launch of their “Sponsor A Senior” Program.
OCES provided 335,000 meals last year and anticipates a significant increased need during 2010. Funding constraints and the current economic climate make it difficult to keep up with demand. The Sponsor A Senior program is an ongoing fundraiser that will support OCES’ Nutrition Program and help to offset costs while ensuring that no senior goes hungry.
How it Works
Individuals and businesses may Sponsor A Senior by making a donations at sponsorship levels are as follows:
One week of meals – $35
One month of meals – $140
One year of meals – $1,680
Each donation made will benefit a local senior. All donations to the Sponsor A Senior program are tax-deductible. Checks or money orders made payable to Old Colony Elder Services can be mailed to:
Sponsor A Senior
Old Colony Elder Services
P.O. Box 4469, 144 Main St.
Brockton, MA 02303-4469
Through OCES’ Nutrition Program, nutritious meals are provided to low-income, frail elders and individuals with disabilities. Many face obstacles that include mental and physical problems, financial strain and the loss of companions and friends. OCES’ Nutrition Program promotes better health through improved nutrition and social contact, which helps keep individuals in their homes rather than institutions.
“Individuals and area businesses CAN make a difference in the life of an elderly family member, friend or neighbor. The Sponsor A Senior program is a tremendous way for people and businesses to give back to the community,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
For questions about the Sponsor A Senior program, contact Old Colony Elder Services at (508) 584-1561.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services is one of 27 private, non-profit Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OCES offers a number of programs to serve seniors, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers such as Family Caregiver; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services; Home Care and more.
OCES offers these programs in the towns of Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Middleboro, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rockland, Stoughton, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman.
The organization’s mission is to provide services that support the dignity and independence of elders by helping them maximize their quality of life; live safely and in good health; and, prevent unnecessary or premature institutionalization.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 140 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.