Long Island's Emergency Fuel Fund
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- Project Warmth, Long Island's only non-governmental Emergency Fuel Fund, has been administered by United Way of Long Island since 1995, during which time more than 19,000 Long Island families have been assisted with one-time Project Warmth grants.
- Project Warmth helped 1,866 families with heating emergencies during the winter months. Those families included 2,809 children and 3,161 adults/seniors.
- Project Warmth is an opportunity for Long Islanders to help others in their communities who have heating emergencies and have nowhere else to turn.
- Last year, Project Warmth contributions raised $695,201 through community, corporate and government donations.
- Project Warmth major sponsors are National Grid, Broadwater Energy, and LIPA. Long Island Radio Group is Project Warmth's media sponsor. Additional supporters include Bouchard Transport, New York Mercantile Exchange, Amy Hagedorn Fund, Flushing Savings Bank, Northville Industries, Oil Heat Comfort and NYS Senate 5th District, NYS Senate 6th District among others.
- Contribution envelopes are included in LIPA and National Grid customer bills, November through January.
- Long Islanders can make contributions to Project Warmth through the yellow envelopes in their energy bills or by sending donations directly to the Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729. Contributions can also be made online at www.unitedwayli.org or by calling United Way of Long Island at 631.940.3757.
- For many Long Islanders, choosing between putting food on the table and paying for heating bills has become an unfortunate reality. Many Long Islanders are facing an even tougher time this winter as energy prices continue to rise.
- More than 165,000 people live below the federal poverty level on Long Island; 249,000 turn to food banks and pantries to eat each year.
- The families assisted through Project Warmth have encountered hard times for a variety of reasons-unemployment, serious illness, disability, divorce or the loss of a spouse.
- Project Warmth truly helps these families get back on track with their utility payments-in fact, 82 percent of families who received assistance during the 2006-07 heating season did not request help for a fuel emergency again this past winter.
- Project Warmth also helps the families connect with other local resources that can lead to permanent solutions to their financial difficulties, including budget/debt counseling, supplemental food programs or job training services.
- For more information, call 631.940.3757 or go to www.unitedwayli.org under "Where to Turn for Help" click on "Project Warmth Emergency Heating Fund."