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 2019 with the help of our generous community, GOLD provided emergency services and special programs for 990 Worcester County families that included 1,661 adults and 1,528 children (unduplicated individuals in counts).
- 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.
- GOLD’s School Supplies for Students Program provided 451 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.
- For the 22nd year, GOLD partnered with Dave Gaskill with the Worcester County Bar Association and staff from the Worcester County Department of Social Services to provide Thanksgiving Turkey Meals for our neighbors who are food-insecure. Frozen turkeys and food bags were distributed to 265 families, providing nourishing food for 479 adults and 407 children.
- 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 2019, with the generous help from our caring community, GOLD provided holiday assistance for 357 families who live below the poverty level, including 658 children and 80 vulnerable adults.
With only two 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.