Milton Neighbors: Do you need help with food, mortgage, utilities, etc.? Read this.

Milton Neighbors: Do you need help with food, mortgage, utilities, etc.? Read this.
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Milton Neighbors: Do you need help with food, mortgage, utilities, etc.? Read this.

Dear Milton Neighbors,

This is hard. It’s hard on a human level to not interact with others. We are scared of us, and our loved ones, getting sick. We are inconvenienced with working from home, and for those of us who must work outside the home, there is more fear.

For some, though, this is much harder than others. People will lose their jobs, businesses, and incomes.

We have put together a list of resources to help. Please read through it. You’d be surprised what is out there.

Sincerely,
Melissa & Some Super Awesome Milton Neighbors Who Wish to be Unnamed

The Milton Residents Fund

Noreen Dolan, LCSW, works Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays to help Miltonians in need. The Milton Residents Fund can help people in many different areas – for example, one month of housing (mortgage or rent), preventing utility shutoffs, supplying a tank of oil, medical copays, and other emergency needs. This fund has a lot of latitude for receiving help.

Eligibility is not determined strictly by income; each referral is considered by an individual’s or family’s situation.

To inquire, please contact:

Noreen Dolan, LCSW
617-696-1214
[email protected]

If you would like to donate to the Milton Residents Fund, get in touch with Noreen with the contact info above or mail your contribution to:

Noreen Dolan, LCSW
Funds Coordinator, Milton Residents Fund
First Parish in Milton
535 Canton Ave.
Milton, MA 02186

Donations can be also dropped off at the church office mail slot and addressed to the Milton Residents Fund.

The Milton Food Pantry

The Milton Food Pantry is open on the first and third Saturday of each month, beginning this Saturday, March 21 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Anyone in need, including those in the food service industries who have become food insecure should go to the Milton Food Pantry this Saturday.

Bags of food will be distributed to each family. Clients are not permitted to shop at this time. To control the spread of germs, the pantry is no longer accepting reusable bags.

The food pantry is requesting that all clients and volunteers who have traveled internationally or are returning from a cruise self-monitor and refrain from going to the Pantry for two weeks. Clients can request that a neighbor pick up their delivery.

At this time, the Food Pantry does not need additional volunteers, however, they would appreciate monetary donations. 

Right now, the most useful items to donate are toilet paper, soup, personal hygiene products (soap, feminine products, etc.) , and healthy cereals.

The food pantry does not need volunteers at this time. Anyone wishing to donate to the food pantry can drop off products this Saturday, March 21. The most needed donations are for the above products. Please do not donate anything perishable at this time.

Call the Food Pantry at:
617-696-0221

The Massachusetts United Way COVID-19 Fund

United Way has established the COVID-19 Family Support Fund, a dedicated resource for working families affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The fund will provide a flexible source of cash assistance to help families weather the COVID-19 crisis. Grants will be made to help income-disrupted families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis meet their basic food, childcare or housing needs.

Need help? Dial 2-1-1 on your phone to be connected to someone who can help you. Or call 1-866-211-9966, provide your ZIP code and they will provide you with the local agencies that can assist with their resources.

Click here to donate. 

If you would like to contribute monetary donations to Massachusetts Food Pantries:

The best way at this time is to contribute to Project Bread.

The Walk for Hunger event, scheduled for May, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, you can still donate! Your tax-deductible donation to support The Walk for Hunger will be put to action to advocate for wide-scale policy changes in Massachusetts that will have big impact and target unfair and broken systems to break the generational cycle of hunger and poverty.

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