BUCKALEW’S COLLECTED $500 for the Emergency Fund during their Red Truck Event. Pictured here is almost 3 year old Finley, a standard Irish Doodle and certified therapy dog & AKC CGC from their event. (Courtesy Photo)

MELROSE  – Since the beginning of the year, the Melrose community, including local businesses and nonprofits, has donated over $5,500 to the Melrose Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund, which relies entirely on donations from the public, provides one-time help to residents of the City of Melrose who are experiencing financial emergencies.

“On behalf of the City of Melrose, thank you to all our residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations who have contributed to the Emergency Fund in this new year,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “Your donations help the City ensure our residents can put food on their table or keep their homes warm during what is often a difficult time of year for many and is an act not overlooked. Helping your neighbor is what gives Melrose the strong sense of community we are so lucky to have.”

Residents can receive financial assistance through the Melrose Emergency Fund to cover the cost of basic needs, such as food, electricity, fuel, and other utilities. All donations go directly towards the fund, which is administered by City staff as part of their regular duties.

To donate, checks can be sent or brought directly to the Mayor’s Office at 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176. The office is located on the second floor. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. Donations can also be made through the city’s online bill payments webpage, under the “Make a Donation” heading, found at https://www.cityofmelrose.org/payments. For questions regarding the Emergency Fund, call (781) 979-4440.

If you need assistance from the Emergency Fund, please visit the Emergency Fund page at https://www.cityofmelrose.org/emergencyfund. Here you can fill out an inquiry regarding the fund or download an application to complete. All applications are kept confidential.

For more information regarding the Emergency Fund and its policies, please visit https://www.cityofmelrose.org/emergencyfund.Applications should be mailed, scanned/emailed, or hand delivered to the Melrose Council on Aging, located at 235 W. Foster Street, or the Mayor’s office, located at 562 Main Street.

Scanned or digital applications should be emailed to emergencyfund@cityofmelrose.org.

Recent Donors to the Emergency Fund include:

Peter and Yvonne Vanderhost, Mary Abare, in memory of Paul Abare, Melrose Arts & Crafts, Michael and Kimberly Talbot, Ainsley Donaldson, James and Ellen Herrington, Robert Sharack, Bruce and Lois Ruth Mackey, Trinity Episcopal Church, Buckalew’s General Store, Lynne and Peter Reveno, Marianna Dwyer, Nancy Nichols and Michael O’Connor, Christine McCormack,

Jonathan Deleo, Kevin Bouchard, Nick Weidermann and Katie Flynn, Ackland and Shirley Jones,

Chad and Sarah Besegai, Bill Reynolds, Edward David, The Santillo Family and Green Street Baptist Church.