A Message From Our Executive Director...
Gold Country Community Services currently receives State and Federal funding to provide meals for 105 homebound seniors per day and rely on contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations to meet the need of our community. In the past, local funding has allowed us to serve between 140 – 150 seniors; unfortunately donations have declined, costs have risen, and for the first time ever we are putting eligible seniors on a waiting list to receive our support. Currently, there are 38 seniors on our waiting list.
Imagine being over 80 years old, physically frail and homebound without family or paid support. These are the typical characteristics of the seniors waiting to receive Meals on Wheels. In addition, they typically have a fixed income which is dedicated to housing and medical expenses. These are the individuals we are seeking help for through our “Adopt a Senior” program. Contributions of any size make a difference because every dollar provides more than just a meal. It also provides the comfort of knowing someone is watching out for our homebound seniors.
If you can’t help with a donation, maybe you would consider volunteering as a delivery driver, a board member, or in some other advisory capacity (such as a purchasing agent or grant writer)...every little bit helps.
Call me if you have any ideas that may help us generate more sustainable funding for this very critical need. I am open to anything that will help us decrease the size of our waiting list.
Sandy "Jake" Jacobson
GCCS Executive Director