In 1997, GOLD was established after a needs assessment found a gap in emergency financial assistance in Worcester County. In its first year, special projects were developed to help provide school supplies, holiday assistance, Easter Baskets, and items to meet basic needs for children in foster care. GOLD began to build an emergency fund to address daily needs such as food, medicine, housing, and utilities.
GOLD now serves as a safety net to meet emergency needs for local citizens; promoting the welfare of infants and children, families in crisis, those who are homeless, and vulnerable adults in Worcester County. Visit the News & Annual Reports page to see just how large GOLD’s impact has become.
All requests for assistance come from agents employed with GOLD’s community partners who provide services to those in need.
These caseworkers, counselors, nurses, and advocates come to GOLD for emergency funding to prevent tragic outcomes for their clients, then work to establish resources for long-term self-sufficiency. GOLD works alongside these local agencies to provide support when their clients need it the most.