Philadelphia Corporation for Aging says it's in urgent need of donations

Dan Wing
December 11, 2018 - 11:37 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, which helps low-income senior citizens by providing home care, food, transportation, crisis intervention, and a number of other services, is in desperate need of help from the public. 

The nonprofit has been helping older Philadelphians since 1973. One of the most urgent ways it helps people is through its emergency fund, which is a lifesaver for many, especially this time of year.

"We provide fuel oil for seniors who use fuel oil for their home heating. We provide funds for utility bills to avoid a shutoff," noted PCA President and CEO Holly Lange.

She said the money for that assistance comes from the emergency fund, which relies completely on donations.

"This year, unfortunately, the fund is running out of money quickly," she said. Lange said the problem stems from it being much colder than usual, and fewer donations are being made to the nonprofit. 

Last year, more than $184,500 in Emergency Fund assistance was distributed, according to PCA, to more than 1,600 low-income senior households.

Lange said the organization may not have enough to make it to the end of the year, so they are urging people to donate whatever they can.

"We're happy to accept any amount," she added. "Home heating oil costs have risen over 60 percent in the last three years, so it's really critical."

Donations can be made online at pcacares.org/emergencyfund or by calling 215-765-9040.