Tax time is fast approaching, and that means South Carolina residents can contribute once again to the ElderCare Trust Fund with a check off on their state tax returns.
Created by the Legislature in 1992, the ElderCare Trust Fund is run by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. The voluntary program allows people to donate money to be used to award grants to nonprofit agencies for programs designed to help the elderly live with dignity. They can contribute simply by checking off a box on their tax form.
More 25 grants totaling more than $300,000 have been awarded since the fund’s inception, according to Eve Barth from the Office on Aging.
Seniors across the state have been helped in a variety of ways through the programs over the years. Currently, the ElderCare Trust fund has five funded projects in the state. This year there are two new grants and three grants in their second year.
Shop n’ Cart provides quality grocery shopping and delivery service for aging and disabled adults in Spartanburg county. Staff and volunteers use existing vans to shop and deliver groceries to 25 customers per week.
N.O.A.H. Project expands Alzheimer’s suppor services into rural areas where education, support groups and accessible supportive services are rare or non-existent.
Neighbor to Neighbor Program creates a transportation alternative for seniors in Horry and northeastern Georgetown counties who need both medical and non-medical transportation.
Trident Home Care Choice Program extends the Trident Home Care Choice Program in Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The project’s Home Care Service Manager provides comprehensive assessments of older adults applying for home care services.
Special Nutrition and Dietary Needs for Very Low Income Seniors provides just what the name says. They provide very low income seniors in the lower Charleston county rural Sea Islands with cash vouchers to pay for special nutritional and dietary needs that are medically related.
In addition to contributions received from the check-off on state taxes, contributions also can be sent directly to:
Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging - ElderCare Trust Fund,1301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
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