Emergency Fund Dangerously Low on Funds as Winter Arrives(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging - PCA)
The Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, which provides aid to seniors in crisis, is itself in a precarious state. As of December 15, the fund balance was only $30,000. Last winter, close to $250,000 was disbursed. Despite the mild winter last year, $198,000 of the total was disbursed for assistance with fuel bills, to 700 families who had exhausted all other resources.
The Emergency Fund serves as a last resort for Philadelphia’s senior citizens. In addition to fuel oil, it provides assistance with food, prescriptions, medical supplies and other necessities. It is supported by individual donations, corporations, foundations and proceeds from special events. PCA administers the fund at no cost, on behalf of a coalition of 23 community-based social service organizations and service providers.
For more information, or to donate, go to: www.keepseniorswarm.org.