Old Colony Elder Services was nominated as a local non-profit to receive the grant by the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS. The grant, which was awarded by the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS Charitable Foundation, will be put toward Old Colony Elder Services’ Emergency Fund which helps low-income seniors remain in their homes by helping them pay for fuel, medical transportation or utilities.
“We’d like to express our gratitude to the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS for their nomination of our organization and to the Mass Association of REALTORS Charitable Foundation for awarding us with the $2,500 grant. It will go a long way towards helping seniors in crisis situations,” said Diana DiGiorgi, Executive Director of Old Colony Elder Services.
Old Colony Elder Services Emergency Fund provides assistance to meet the needs of elders in crisis or emergency situations that threaten their health or living status and cannot be addressed through the use of any other resource. In other words, there is no other funding source or agency available to address the need identified.
DiGiorgi continued, “Through the generous support of companies and individuals, we can continue to provide critical services to elders in the Brockton, Plymouth and South Shore communities who are most at risk. Historically, almost half of all the Emergency Funds dispersed have assisted elders with fuel. We had a rough winter last year and we anticipate an even greater number of elders in need this winter.”
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Old Colony Elder Services Emergency Fund, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
About the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS®
The Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS (PASS) is a local chapter of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and is the second largest Association under the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS (MAR). Their membership consists of over 2,000 REALTOR members and over 70 Affiliate members and they serve 18 communities south of Boston. For more information, visit www.passrealtors.com.
About the Mass Association of REALTORS®
The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association for licensed real estate practitioners and serves as the parent organization to the state’s 16 local REALTOR® associations. Since 1992, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS Charitable Foundation has provided assistance to needy individuals and the community – awarding more than $250,000 in grants to victims of natural disasters, financial assistance to Massachusetts-based non-profit organizations, home buyer counseling and shelter services. The association is headquartered in Waltham, MA. For more information, visit the website at www.marealtor.com.
Incorporated in 1974, Old Colony Elder Services 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, their families and caregivers in 23 towns 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.
In 2009, OCES was honored with the Metro-South Chamber of Commerce’s “Economic Impact Award”. The agency has 157 employees. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at www.oldcolonyelderservices.org