In November 1996, Worcester County Family Services, Inc. was formed after the Worcester County, Maryland Department of Social Services determined there was a gap in emergency services for its citizens, especially since most Lower Shore charity funding was disbursed through regional organizations located in Salisbury, Maryland. A county-wide effort was needed to provide a better safety net for local citizens with emergency needs. Renamed Worcester County G.O.L.D. (Giving Other Lives Dignity) in 1997, G.O.L.D. was granted nonprofit status and developed special projects to provide school supplies, a free childcare room at the Department of Social Services, holiday assistance, and supplies for foster children. Community appeal letters requested local donations and as a result, G.O.L.D. began to build an emergency fund called the “Rainbow Fund”. Since 1997, G.O.L.D. has tripled its service opportunities for all original special projects and added the additional services such as the Baby Pantry, Adult Basic Care Pantry, camp scholarships, the Foster Care Fund, and adult care fund. In 2005 Worcester G.O.L.D. received the Award of Excellence. The award honors Richard A. Henson and is presented annually to a qualified 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations in Somerset, Wicomico, or Worcester counties which has implemented a program or project that has made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of residents of the Lower Eastern Shore. In 2008 Worcester G.O.L.D. was awarded the Standards for Excellence distinction. Awarded by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Associations, the distinction demonstrates our compliance with an ethics and accountability code. The Seal of Excellence is a symbol of trust based on integrity, honesty, and accountability. G.O.L.D. is among the smallest nonprofits to receive the designation.