Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund

Project Warmth is now closed for the season 


Project Warmth recipient Lashawnda of Freeport


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. Many working families 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. Project Warmth’s Emergency Fuel Fund can make a significant difference for families in our region.


As Long Island’s only non-governmental, island-wide emergency fuel fund, Project Warmth is a safety net for financially struggling individuals and families who are unable to pay their heating bill. This program provides a one-time grant for fuel and/or fuel-related electricity. Payments are made directly 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.



If you or someone you know needs emergency heating assistance, call United Way’s 2-1-1 Long Island information and referral call center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, for referrals to an intake site.



Do you receive benefits from a program such as HEAP, Medicaid, SNAP or SSI? If so, contact PSEG Long Island at to learn about the Household Assistance Program (HAP) for savings on your monthly electric bill.

Income-eligible National Grid customers may qualify for the Energy Affordability Program (EAP), which offers monthly bill credits. To learn more, call (800) 930-5003 or visit

Conserve Energy: 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:



Six years ago tragedy struck when Denise’s house was significantly damaged in a fire, which left her and her family in a dire situation. Given the complex challenges in her circumstance, Denise needed extra help, so she reached out to United Way of Long Island’s community partner, Choice For All, and applied for Project Warmth. Receiving home heating bill assistance meant Denise could live in a safe, warm home and focus on her work and family life. “People don’t realize that home ownership has a lot of responsibilities like servicing a home. But I often have to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ to make sure I meet the operational cost of my home and ensure it is safe. By me being able to get assistance, it opens doors for me so I can direct my funds to other avenues and home operation costs, such as repairing my broken gutters or paying another monthly bill.”
Read Denise's Full Story


Since 1994, 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. Click timeline image to enlarge.





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.

Make a contribution to Project Warmth online, or mail your contribution to United Way of Long Island, Attn: Project Warmth, 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.



Project Warmth is a member of the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition

For more information, contact Patricia Rivers, Program Coordinator at