Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), which proudly serves older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, thanks community members for their support during their #GivingTuesday campaign. The non-profit agency raised over $8,000 for their Emergency Fund program.
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 circumstance that threatens their health and/or living situation. Although the fund helps a significant number of people during the winter months, OCES strives to ensure that there are funds available for those in need, year-round.
The fundraising campaign for OCES’ Emergency Fund kicked off on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018, with the theme #ICareIShare and continued through the end of the year.
“We are very grateful to all of the generous individuals, families and businesses who provide us with the means to help community members in great need,” said Nicole Long, CEO of OCES. “Donations to our Emergency Fund are used to help heat a home, purchase food or medicine, or provide emergency assistance when someone faces an unexpected challenge. Most of all, they help our consumers maintain their independence, dignity and well-being.”
The number of individuals needing assistance increases each year. OCES’ Emergency Funds supports dozens of consumers who are faced with unforeseen emergency events, answering urgent needs such as filling an empty fuel tank, repairing a broken furnace, or providing life-sustaining medications.
OCES’ began their #GivingTuesday campaign initiative in 2016 and since then, the organization has generated over $31,000 for the Emergency Fund.
Anyone who would like to make a donation in support of OCES’ Emergency Fund or other programs may do so any time of the year by visiting their donation page at http://www.ocesma.org. Donations may also be made by check or money order and mailed to OCES, 144 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301.
Support OCES through AmazonSmile
OCES is a registered charitable organization at AmazonSmile. Consumers can support OCES anytime simply by shopping at smile.amazon.com and selecting “Old Colony Elder Services” after signing in. A portion of the purchase price (0.5 percent of eligible AmazonSmile purchases) is automatically donated to OCES.
Consumers may shop AmazonSmile, which has the same products, prices and services as Amazon, knowing that a portion of their purchase will help support OCES, and that there is no additional cost to them or to OCES. For quick access to OCES’ AmazonSmile page, visit www.ocesma.org/donations and simply click on the AmazonSmile icon.
Founded in 1974, OCES proudly serves greater Plymouth County and surrounding communities. OCES is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Brockton with a second office in Plymouth. OCES is designated as one of 26 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and people with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency has 232 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.