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Old Colony Elder Services Receives Grant from Eastern Bank for the Money Management Program - Volunteers Needed

Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the Brockton based regional elder services agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Brockton and Plymouth County, has recently received a $10,000 grant for their Money Management Program (MMP) from Eastern Bank.

MMP volunteers assist older adults and individuals with disabilities with managing their household finances. These limited income individuals are at risk of losing their independence due to their inability to pay rent, food and utility bills.  MMP volunteers help these individuals by establishing a budget for them, organizing their mail, helping them write checks to pay their bills and balancing their checkbook. 

MMP volunteers are needed in all 23 towns that OCES serves, particularly in the towns of Marshfield, Stoughton, Wareham, and Brockton.  MMP volunteers make home visits at least once a month to help keep track of their income and expenses. MMP Volunteers are trained for their task and come from all walks of life and include bookkeepers, accountants, teachers, attorneys, bankers and others.

According to Diana DiGiorgi, OCES’ Executive Director, "We are very grateful for the donation from Eastern Bank.  We have a number of older adults and individuals with disabilities who have been waiting for financial management assistance for a while now.  We are in need of MMP volunteers; we urge people to contact us."

For more information or to become a Massachusetts Money Management Program volunteer, contact Brenda Carrens, OCES' Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at (508) 584-1561 extension 252.

OCES sponsors the Massachusetts Money Management Program to the local service area. The program is jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Mass Home Care.

About OCES

Founded in 1974, OCES serves 20 communities in Plymouth County as well as Avon, Easton and Stoughton. OCES is a private, non-profit organization located in Brockton and designated as one of 27 Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCES’ mission is to support the independence and dignity of elders and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living.  The agency has 173 employees and operates more than 15 programs serving older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. For more information call (508) 584-1561 or visit the website at  www.oldcolonyelderservices.org

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