The giving season

As we approach this “giving season,” I ask that you join with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore in helping to create an even brighter future for others, right here where we live.

As cold weather settles into our area once again, it is time for us to think of our neighbors who are less fortunate. Again, many local families and senior citizens will face difficult choices this winter. They may have to choose between purchasing food, vital medications or keeping warm.

If you or someone you know is having trouble keeping up with energy bills, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) offers assistance to income-eligible households. Information on the program can be found by calling 1-800-352-1446 or by checking with the Local Home Energy Programs Office for your county (see the Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs website www.dhr.state.md.us/ohep).

To help provide assistance with emergency needs, you may donate to the Help Your Neighbor Fund at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (www.cfes.org). One-hundred percent of the funds collected are distributed to local grassroots organizations for energy, prescription or food.