Worcester County GOLD (Giving Other Lives Dignity) improves the quality of life for Worcester County residents living in poverty by providing emergency financial aid and items to meet basic needs for infants and children, families in crisis, those who are homeless, and vulnerable adults.
All Worcester County residents have the means to meet basic needs.
We value strong partnerships with community agencies to ensure effective services to meet the needs of Worcester County citizens who live in poverty and low-income circumstances.
We value ability to provide emergency funding and items of basic needs for Worcester County citizens in times of financial difficulty and crisis.
We value special projects that provide essential items for Worcester County residents who do not have the financial means to accesses necessities.
We value the invaluable contributions of community supporters and volunteers.
We value effective and timely communication among community partners, volunteers, and supporters.
We value an educated community, well-informed about current services and issues for people living in poverty and low-income circumstances.
We value employees and volunteers who take initiative and have high expectations for themselves and those we serve.
We value an environment that reflects a shared responsibility to effectively meet the needs of Worcester County citizens who live in poverty and low-income circumstances; joining together to provide assistance in time of financial difficulty and crisis and to promote self-sufficiency.
- Provide emergency funding assistance and items to meet basic needs for Worcester County residents who face crisis situations while already living in poverty and low-income circumstances.
- Work effectively with community partners to ensure that each individual’s financial and family situation has been expertly assessed to confirm necessity for emergency assistance, and that all appropriate resources are made know to individuals served.
- Prevent evictions and homelessness for low-income individuals and families.
- Assist low-income households with preventing disconnection of utility services or to reconnect utility services to ensure availability of electricity, water, and fuel.
- Fight hunger and undernourishment by providing access to a sufficient amount of nutritious food, based on the number of individuals in the family, to meet urgent needs for food-insecure individuals.
- Provide financial assistance to meet urgent medical and transportation needs.
- Provide items to meet basic needs for individuals of all ages, including those who are homeless.
- Provide items of comfort and necessity to assist children transitioning from homes into foster care.
- Ensure that Worcester County GOLD’s emergency services effectively meets the urgent needs of individuals and families who are experiencing catastrophic situations.
- Secure the ongoing funding required to adequately subsidize emergency services and special programs through grant and corporate funding opportunities, fundraising events, and appeals.
GOLD’s main function is the Emergency Services Program. This program provides emergency financial aid and basic needs items to Worcester County residents struggling with housing, utilities, food, clothing, healthcare, and needs for children and vulnerable adults. GOLD also coordinates a number of special programs to address other community needs. These include Summer Activities for At-Risk Youth, School Supplies for Students, Thanksgiving Turkey Meals, and Helping Hands for the Holidays.