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Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund

Currently, one out of three households on Long Island don't earn enough to make ends meet or heat their homes during the bitter winter months. Project Warmth’s Emergency Fuel Fund can make a significant difference for families in our region. As Long Island’s only non-government, island-wide emergency fuel fund, Project Warmth is a safety net for individuals and families who are unable to pay their heating bill. This program provides one-time grants to provide payments to oil and utility companies on behalf of eligible residents facing heating emergencies.For the hundreds of families we help each year, assistance with an oil delivery or utility arrears means they have room in their budgets to cover essentials like food or medication.


Project Warmth will open on December 4, and will remain open until all funds are exhausted. If you or someone you know needs emergency heating assistance, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island Information and Referral center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) 7 days a week 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. A call specialist will refer you to a local application site. Visit the online database at, keyword “Project Warmth." 


Daryl is a U.S. Army veteran, raising his 14-year-old daughter in Freeport doing the best he can to provide her with a happy life. He is on permanent disabilty, and living on a fixed income. "While I was working, I never thought that I would be in the position I'm in now," he reflected. The winter months are a source of stress of Daryl, as the expense of heating his home meant he couldn't afford to pay his other bills. After learning about Project Warmth, he knew it would relieve his worrying. "There are a lot of people who have it worse than I do - I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back and the love of my daughter. I am thankful, appreciative and grateful for the assistance I got through Project Warmth. I am so glad that United Way and [United Way partner agency] Choice For All offer this help to those of us who just need a small bit of assistance to make it through tough times" Read more about Daryl



For 23 years, United Way of Long Island has helped area residents in need of home heating to keep warm by joining hands with individual donors, nonprofit, corporate and union partners in support of Project Warmth. Project Warmth began operation in 1994 to help Long Islanders who did not qualify for Federal assistance programs due to income guidelines. Emergency assistance programs that were already in place to address year-long needs were often depleted by the end of the year, leaving many with nowhere to turn for help. Since its inception, Project Warmth has helped to fill the need for emergency heating assistance on Long Island, raising more than $10.5 million to help almost 30,000 families.

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Many working families on Long Island are not earning enough money to maintain self-sufficiency and seniors on fixed incomes are having a hard time making ends meet. If a crisis strikes any of these households, they may be forced into making financial compromises and trade-offs that could be detrimental or even life-threatening.

Your support of Project Warmth will make a powerful statement that home energy is a basic human need and is equal to other essentials such as food, water, prescription medication, shelter and clothing. You can make a contribution to Project Warmth online here by selecting "Project Warmth" under the donation category. Donations may be mailed to Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.


There are simple actions you can take to weatherize your home and save energy. Visit these partner websites for more information:

PSEG Long Island:
Oil Heat Institute:
National Grid:


Project Warmth is a member of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition.
For more information, contact Patricia Rivers, Program Coordinator at