In an effort to raise money for frail elders in crisis situations, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a private, non-profit Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) located in Brockton, is creating an emergency fund for frail elders by offering raffle tickets for $5 each. The raffle tickets are available throughout December and January and the proceeds go towards food, fuel and medications for elders who are on a fixed income and in a crisis situation.
A total of $1,300 in cash prizes will be awarded beginning in February. One winner will be selected per day. Cash prize values vary. Winners will be notified by phone and posted online at www.OldColonyElderServices.org.
To obtain a raffle ticket, contact OCES at (508) 584-1561 or send an email to LDallaire@oldcolonyelderservices.org.
“Last year, proceeds from the raffle tickets enabled us to assist a number of elders such as a 66 year-old man who had lost his health insurance and could not pay for oxygen and a 90 year-old woman who couldn’t pay for heating oil. This year, we expect the number of elders in need will increase. We hope to raise at least $6,000 to be put aside in an emergency fund for elder in crisis situations,” explained Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of OCES.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) is a private, non-profit corporation designated as one of 27 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 Support; Adult Family Care; Supportive Housing; Nutrition; Money Management; Protective Services and Home Care.
OCES serves elders, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers in 23 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts: 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. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org.