This was not an easy decision to make. We would love nothing more than to gather with our supporters, enjoy a lovely day on the links, and share our gratitude in person. Right now, we need to prioritize the safety and wellness of our community, and look forward to holding the event next year. We would like to send a special thank you to those who donated in support of the event:
Jim & Jan Perdue
Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy, & Almand, P.A.
Bank of Ocean City
Joseph & Susan Moore
Burbage Funeral Home
Gabor & Nancy Zsebo
Our employees are currently coordinating with community partners to identify and appropriately address emergency needs. Experts are predicting a prolonged period of economic depression. The individuals and families we serve will be the hardest hit. Without our only major fundraising event, we are worried the increase in demand and decrease in revenue will lead to emergency needs going unmet. If you are able, please consider one of the below options to support our mission!
* Share our message! Visit our website, and like, follow, and comment on our Facebook or Instagram page.
* Join us! Volunteer your time, make a positive impact in your community.
* Sponsor a child or family for School Supplies for Students or Helping Hands for the Holidays.
* Donate! Monetary donations can be made by check or through our website PayPal portal.
We sincerely appreciate your support!
News and Updates
For Worcester County residents living in poverty who experience a crisis, GOLD is often a last resort. They have no support system, no one to reach out to. They are facing grim scenarios such as; disconnection of water, gas, or electricity, homelessness, illness, and hunger. These are not the issues that make for pleasant photo opportunities. They are real-life struggles that our neighbors deal with everyday. As you know, GOLD stands for “Giving Other Lives Dignity”. When you donate to GOLD, that is exactly what you will be doing. Your donations allow a parent to look their child in the eye and know they will be able to provide basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter. For those of us who have enough, it is our duty to provide for those who do not. Worcester County is a special place to live, a caring community that stands tall to meet the needs of its residents. We certainly won’t accomplish this alone, only together.
Please join us for our annual major fundraiser! Click here for brochure and registration form.
Worcester County GOLD’s 2020 Board of Directors Officers
Worcester County GOLD (Giving Other Lives Dignity) is happy to announce that its board of directors elected officers for 2020. Bethany Didriksen of Pedar B. Didriksen, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry was elected President; Donna Nordstrom with Atlantic General Hospital was elected Vice President; Amanda Kiesewetter of Bergey & Company was re-elected to the role of Treasurer; and Shannon Wright, American Sign Language Interpreter, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist continues in her role as Secretary.
GOLD’s volunteer board members ensure effective fiscal management and accountability for the organization. Members share their expertise from diverse fields to ensure effective services and assist with fundraising activities. The dedication and work of this board strengthens GOLD’s ability to successfully provide services for Worcester County residents, who live in poverty circumstances, during times of critical need and crisis situations.
Additional board members include Roberta Baldwin, Worcester County Department of Social Services; Barry Laws, Pocomoke River Canoe Company; Pam Marshall, Community Leader; Caleb Miller, Bank of Ocean City; Nicole Selby, Worcester County Board of Education; Terri Westcott, Register of Wills for Worcester County; and Chris Woodley of Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, LLP. Carol Jacobs, previous President, retired from the board after serving for more than eight years.
It is only with the support of our generous community that Worcester County GOLD was able to provide gifts for 357 families who live in poverty circumstances in Worcester County, Maryland. During the 2019 Helping Hands for the Holidays Program, 640 children and 80 vulnerable adults received gifts and food to enhance and brighten their holiday season.
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Worcester County GOLD is featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Coastal Style Magazine! We are grateful!
Worcester County Bar Association Partners with GOLD to Provide Thanksgiving Turkey Meals
Feeling grateful for the generosity and volunteer time of Dave Gaskill and members of the Worcester County Bar Association for donating/sorting/bagging 265 frozen turkeys and food items to help 265 Worcester County families, who live in low-income circumstances, to enjoy a delicious, nutritious Thanksgiving Holiday meal… for the 22nd year! We greatly appreciate help from students from Snow Hill High School and our partners at the Worcester County Department of Social Services for assisting with packing food bags, deliveries, and distribution!!!! The 265 Thanksgiving meals provided food for 479 adults and 407 children.
Worcester County Gold Provides Over 430 Children with School Supplies During The 20th Annual School Supplies for Students Campaign
A million thanks go out to everyone in our community who joined with Worcester County GOLD to provide backpacks filled with grade-level appropriate school supplies to ensure that children, whose parents/guardians are experiencing financial hardship, have the tools necessary to achieve academic success and to blend in with their peers.
With the help of our generous community, the 2019 School Supplies for Students Program has provided over 430 backpacks filled with school supplies to assist children in need, and we are filling more requests daily.
Appreciation goes out to Hair Cuttery for their donation of 300 coupons for a free shampoo, haircut, and blow dry so that children! The children who received the coupons are excited to start school with a fresh haircut!
The 5th Annual GOLD on the Green Was A Success! We are sincerely grateful!
A million “Thanks!” goes out to everyone who supported our 5th Annual GOLD on the Green Golf Tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club – Newport Bay Course on Wednesday, June 19th!