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What do the letters GOLD stand for?

GOLD stands for Giving Other Lives Dignity. Worcester County GOLD works to enhance the lives of people in our local community who experience crisis situations while already living in poverty and low-income circumstances.

What is Worcester County GOLD?

Worcester County GOLD is a local 501(c)(3) volunteer-based nonprofit organization that assists individuals and families facing financial difficulties and crisis situations; infants and children, families in crisis,  vulnerable adults, those who are homeless, and children in foster care in Worcester County.

How does Worcester County GOLD serve the less fortunate in our community?

Worcester County GOLD improves the quality of life for local citizens for whom traditional means of well-being support are not currently available; providing emergency funding assistance required to offer a helping hand for our neighbors during times of extreme vulnerability. GOLD’s VAULT (Vast Amounts of Useful Little Things) provides items to meet basic needs, including diapers, clothing, and accessories for infants; car seats; seasonally appropriate clothing and outerwear for all ages; comforting and necessary items to assist children transitioning from homes to foster care; and vital items for those who are homeless including nonperishable food, hygiene bags, rain ponchos, and blankets.

What makes Worcester County GOLD such a valuable and necessary organization in Worcester County?

On the Eastern Shore, the majority of the local branches of community service organizations are located in Salisbury. Because Salisbury, Wicomico County, is up to 50 miles away and the community service organizations are responsible for such a large area of the Shore, it is difficult for these organizations to recognize all that needs that need to be addressed in our area. Worcester County GOLD is a local organization that is dedicated to serving our local area directly.

How is Worcester County GOLD so efficient at addressing needs?

The Worcester County GOLD headquarters is housed in the Worcester County Department of Social Services office complex in Snow Hill. This strategic location provides direct contact with social workers and other local agencies. This enables GOLD to easily and quickly receive referrals for problems with the ability to provide immediate assistance.

How is Worcester County GOLD able to return much of its funding back into the community?

Due to low operating costs, 92% of every dollar received by GOLD through donations and grant funding goes directly to serve the needs of our neighbors during times of crisis.

What can I do to help Worcester County GOLD?

Local businesses and individuals may contribute financially to Worcester County GOLD. Since Worcester County GOLD qualifies as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible to the fullest amount allowed by law. GOLD is a small volunteer-driven nonprofit. Please contact us if you are interesting in volunteer opportunities.

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