June 15, 2012 - 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.
Monetary donations can be dropped off at 841 Old Tunnel Road, in Grass Valley (the Nevada City Senior Apartments) during normal business hours. The Center is working on setting up online donations.
If you can't help with a donation, maybe you would consider volunteering as a delivery driver. Every little bit helps.
Call GCCS at 273-4961 and ask for Sandy "Jake" Jacobson to receive more information about the Adopt a Senior Program.
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