Worcester County GOLD is honored to advise that our organization was recently recognized as the recipient of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Non-Profit of the Year Award.
In 2018 with the help of our generous community, GOLD provided emergency services and special programs for 919 Worcester County individuals and families that included 1,292 adults and 1,468 children (unduplicated individuals in counts). Please see the attached 2018 Annual Report for additional information. GOLD provided assistance for Worcester County residents through the following special programs:
- GOLD provided scholarships totaling $7,106 to provide summer activities for 43 at-risk children to ensure these children are active in positive programs to foster good physical health, enhance learning, build skills, and promote well-being.
- This year, GOLD’s School Supplies for Students Program provided 445 children with backpacks filled with grade level appropriate school supplies. By partnering with Hair Cuttery, 300 children received coupons for a free shampoo, haircut, and blow dry. This program provides the tools required for children to be academically successful with the ability to blend in with their peers.
- We are preparing for the 22nd year of partnering with Dave Gaskill and the Worcester County Bar Association to provide Thanksgiving Turkey Meals for our neighbors who are food-insecure. Last year, we provided frozen turkeys and food bags for 265 families that included 437 adults and 404 children.
- GOLD will soon begin preparation for our Helping Hands for the Holidays Program. Since 1998, GOLD has partnered with local businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community to provide gifts, clothing, and food for neighbors who need a helping hand to brighten their holiday. In 2018, with the generous help from our caring community, GOLD provided holiday assistance for 389 families who live below the poverty level, including 724 children and 68 vulnerable adults.
With only one full-time and one part-time staff members, it is only with the assistance of our caring community, including over 225 volunteers, that GOLD is able to provide emergency services for the high number of individuals assisted during their most vulnerable times of need.