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Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund

What Is Project Warmth?

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.

Need Assistance?

Project Warmth opens for the season on Monday, December 16, 2019 and will remain open until funds are exhausted. 

To Apply for Project Warmth

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) 7 days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm, for referrals to an intake site.

Additional Resources

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:

Featured Story: Project Warmth Recipient Meshessna

Meshessna of Freeport is a single mother of two daughters, doing the best she can to retain a sense of normalcy after her divorce two years ago. “I want my kids to be able to stay in their same school, still be close to their friends, live as close to the same life they were living before the divorce,” she explained. But maintaining this life proved difficult, as now she was managing her household with only a single salary. “While I was married, with two incomes, I didn’t really struggle to pay my bills. Now that I’m a single mother, with only one household income, it’s more challenging to get by,” she said. Despite working full-time, Meshessna, like many of those who's income falls under the ALICE* threshold for survival, realized she needed help when it came to affording all of her monthly expenses.

Read more about Meshessna

History of Project Warmth

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.


Support Project Warmth

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 Leading Sponsors


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