CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME YEAR-ROUND
United Way of Long Island’s Project Warmth program is our region’s only non-governmental emergency fuel fund. It provides one-time grants on behalf of residents facing heating and utility emergencies directly to their vendor companies. Through a network of partner agencies, struggling Long Island families who have exhausted or are not eligible for government help through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can apply to Project Warmth for help.
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) Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm or Sunday 12 - 4 pm. A call specialist will refer you to a local application site. Visit the online database at www.211longisland.org, keyword “Project Warmth”.
Project Warmth is a winter-time program, opening in January and remaining active until available funds are exhausted. For eligibility criteria and participating guidelines Download the Project Warmth Fact Sheet.
Project Warmth addresses the issue of suburban poverty on Long Island and in the Rockaways. These communities are perceived as some of the wealthiest in the United States but this affluence masks those struggling to make ends meet. Single parents, the elderly, disabled and low-wage workers are among the one out of five Long Islanders not earning enough money to maintain self-sufficiency. Low and moderate income families are frequently threatened by utility shut offs, empty fuel tanks, evictions or mortgage defaults, unemployment, and health or disability challenges.
Most Project Warmth applicants live at the margin of poverty – one pay check away from a crisis that could cause an inability to pay for heat or electricity. And throughout the region, many residents are still facing financial hardships from Superstorm Sandy repair and rebuild. These issues are exacerbated this year by a reduction in HEAP assistance.
HELP SUPPORT PROJECT WARMTH
Project Warmth is bracing for a continual demand for emergency fuel fund assistance this winter and needs your support. To critical safety-net services across the region, Project Warmth will need to raise $1 million. These funds will allow Project Warmth to stay open all winter and accommodate thousands of underserved Long Islanders.
You can make a contribution to Project Warmth online here Select "Project Warmth" under the donation category.
Or donations may be sent directly to Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.
There are simple actions you can take to weatherize your home to save energy. Visit these partner web sites for more information:
For more information, contact:
Lois Grant, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Project Warmth is a member of the National Fuel Fund Network.
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