With continued uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative that older adults and individuals with disabilities have a place to turn to when faced with an emergency circumstance that threatens their health and/or living situation.
Whether struggling with an empty oil tank, an emergency home repair, an inability to pay for necessary medication or other dire situation, Old Colony Elder Services’ (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout the greater Brockton and Plymouth county area, has an Emergency Fund to help those most vulnerable in the community.
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. All too frequently, these individuals encounter problems that can jeopardize their ability to maintain independence, dignity and well-being. 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 needs.
#GivingTuesday is December 1st
Last year, OCES received more than $8,200 in donations to their Emergency Fund on #GivingTuesday. The agency hopes to meet or exceed that amount this year. OCES’ theme for #GivingTuesday 2020 is #CommunityTogether. Please support OCES as we come together as one community to help keep our neighbors safe and independent during these challenging times #Communitytogether.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the number of older residents in the 23 communities we serve who need assistance with basic needs such as putting meals on their table or heating their home. Emergency Fund is what supports OCES in providing this assistance,” said Nicole M. Long, CEO. “This year has been incredibly challenging for so many in our community. If possible, on #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to OCES’ Emergency Fund to help support our neighbors in need.”
OCES is recognized as a tax exempt charitable corporation under section 501c3 of the IRS tax code. 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.
For more information, call OCES 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.
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 25 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living. The agency offers a number of programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call 508-584-1561 or visit www.ocesma.org.