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Emergency Fund For County Seniors

Seniors may face chilling choices this winter.

Seniors may face chilling choices this winter.

Higher prices for everything from heating oil to groceries may force senior citizens into making difficult bill-paying choices this winter. Recognizing the potential need, an emergency fund to help a limited number of Montgomery County PA older residents pay their bills has been created by the county Office of Aging and Adult Services, The Montgomery County Foundation, and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The “Older Residents Emergency Fund” started last month (September 2008) with only $30,000. Its three founding agencies hope community contributions will double that amount, and establish a permanent fund to assist in both future heating and cooling assistance.

A recent press release issued by county commissioners’ described the fund as a “public-private partnership … to address the most dire circumstances” faced by seniors not covered by other assistance programs. All applicants will be screened by the Office of Aging and Adult Services beginning next month (November 2008). Residents of Sanatoga and Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township, which lie within county boundaries, could qualify for the fund’s help.

Contributors are asked to make checks payable to The Montgomery County Foundation Inc., Emergency Heating And Cooling Fund, 2 W. Lafayette St. Ste. 120, Norristown PA 19401. For more information about contributions, call 610-313-9836.

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