MELROSE – With the New Year moving right along, donations to the Melrose Emergency Fund arrive in 2022 with members of the community donating more than $3,000 between December 22 through January 5, bringing the total amount of donations to over $25,000.

“Last year, our community showed up for each other like never before. This year, we have an opportunity to drive this momentum forward into 2022,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “While the City continues to look for tangible opportunities for community members to get involved, the Emergency Fund remains the most accessible avenue for people to support the City’s mission – to keep Melrose residents safe, fed, sheltered, and with an overall sense of security. We couldn’t achieve these goals without your enormous generosity. On behalf of our entire City, thank you, Melrose, as always.”

On New Year’s Eve, Mayor Brodeur shared a New Year message with the community. In the days and weeks ahead, Mayor Brodueur hopes to find opportunities to share and celebrate the ways in which the community has come together. The Mayor invites residents to reach out and let him know of any special person, event, or organization whose efforts have made Melrose a better and brighter place in 2021.

To write to Mayor Brodeur, visit, and to read his New Year message, visit

The purpose of the Emergency Fund is to provide one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies. Most of the help the fund provides is for basic needs—food, fuel, and utilities. The fund depends entirely on donations from the public, and every penny goes to direct aid to Melrose residents. There is no overhead, because city staff administer the fund as part of their regular duties. All applications are confidential.

Recent donors to the Emergency Fund include: Marianne Dwyer; David and Maureen Kourtz; Karen Smolens and Bob McCarthy; Katherine Flynn and Nicholas Weidemann; Cynthia Hickey and Michael Hickey; Thomas and Eileen Torpey; Anthony and Marjorie Koles; Scott and Lori Stupinski; Michael and Barbara Cassavoy; John and Carol Brandano; Anne Rebecca Starr and Marc Norvig; Lynda Morgenroth; George and Susan Cann; Paul and Katherine Moore; Charles Faulstich and Elaine Legendre; Marianne Dwyer; Mary Burchill; Carolyn Flaherty; Melrose Public Library; John & Carol Brandano; Jean Zinck; Elaine & Jeffrey Bemis; Evan J Zahner & Lea A Fasano; Michael & Susan Morris; Leslie A Landry; Anthony J Scena & Carol J Scena; Joseph & Janet Nevin; Barbara & Paul Leedham; S.M. Shinkwin & J.W. Shinkwin; J Victor Amirault & Glenda Amirault; Ronald P Harding & Deborah Harding; Richard & Patricia McConville; Donna M Albertelli; and Marty Gardner & Jackie Bishop

Donations to the Emergency Fund are especially welcome during the holiday season, and are accepted throughout the year. To make a donation, send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176, or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. Contributions may also be made through the City of Melrose Online Bill Payments webpage, For questions regarding the Emergency Fund, call (781) 979-4440.