Operation Fuel needs donations
Region - posted Jan, 30 2014
REGION - Operation Fuel is asking Connecticut residents to consider contributing one dollar or more through its Add-a-Dollar program when paying their next monthly utility bill. Due to the significant need for energy assistance this winter, Operation Fuel is running low on funds. The non-profit’s statewide network of fuel banks has been averaging 100 energy assistance applications daily. The maximum grant that a household can receive annually is $500. Utility customers can make the contribution by adding a dollar when they pay their utility bill by check or online. Utility customers who wish to donate more than one dollar or want to contribute automatically each month to Operation Fuel should contact their utility company. One hundred percent of the contribution is used for energy assistance grants. Since the Add-a-Dollar program began 30 years ago, it has provided more than $15.5 million in energy assistance for Connecticut’s families, elderly and individuals who are struggling financially. Connecticut gas and electric utilities are mandated by state statute to participate in Operation Fuel’s Add-a-Dollar program. Some of the utility companies also have a shareholder matching program that adds additional funds to the money raised through the Add-a-Dollar program. Donations for Operation Fuel also can be sent to Operation Fuel, One Regency Drive, Suite 200, Bloomfield, CT 06002 or made online at www.operationfuel.org. Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit statewide program that has provided emergency energy assistance throughout Connecticut for the past 37 years to lower-income working families, the elderly and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis and not eligible for energy assistance from government-funded programs. Operation Fuel works in partnership with businesses, communities, government and individuals to ensure that Connecticut households have access year-round to critically needed energy assistance.